Dating ball glass jars

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While some food preservation is still done in pottery crocks, glass jars largely replaced stoneware starting in the late 1800s.

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(See “Ball Brothers Glass Company” page, for a brief summary of that glass company).

Later, the process was “perfected” by Ball in 1913 when his factory was able to produce both the lid and jar to ensure a perfect fit each time.

Ball jars were made in various colors, but the blue and clear colors are the most common.

This basic kitchen item brings up vivid memories for us of Mom canning in the kitchen. Find out more about the history and collectibility of these common jars.

Jars were used by many a wife and mother to can and preserve food.

The very first machine made Ball jar is not positively known, but most likely was either a Ball STANDARD or a Ball IMPROVED MASON. Ball produced many jars with this script style, the Ball MASON jars and ones with just Ball and no other embossing appeared right about the turn of the century.

(3-L jars c1896-1910)So, I’m pretty confident that these jars do date c1896 – 1910, which makes sense because one thing that drew me to them were the awesome bubbles and waves in the glass.

In 1976, Ball produced reproductions of the buffalo jars and created Bicentennial jars.

In 2013 Ball made the Heritage Collection, which commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the historic 1913 breakthrough in their process.

This process was easier and more reliable than the tin lid and wax method.

Although other companies began creating the jars, Mason held the patent, and so the style of jar became known as a Mason jar.

I’ve never seen any quite like this before, so I brought them home.