Dating ball ideal jars
There are also a couple of other old Mason jars out there in seriously high demand — and seriously low supply — from collectors today.
(In other words, ka-ching, ka-ching for you if you happen to have one at home!
Lightning jars, so named because they could be easily and quickly opened, solved the problem of canned foods acquiring a metallic taste due to contact with a metal lid.
A frisbee-shaped glass lid took the place of the screw-on lid and was held in place by an ingenious wire clamp, invented by Henry William Putnam in 1882.
These were acquired from my grandmother who collected back in the forties.
The Mason's Patent jar is probably in the range, made before about 1900 if it has a ground lip, after 1900 with smooth lip. Jarsnstuff very correct in that you have a nice starter collection! It looks just like it but I'm kind of confused, but shouldn't the glass top jars have come first? Now, as for "whittle", it is believed that the first jars blown on any given day were blown into cold molds.) One great example is the ultra-rare upside-down Ball Mason jar.This glassware piece was only issued from 1900 to 1910. Some folks who enjoy hearing about happy mistakes might be tickled by the fact that an old Mason jar once considered an "error" is among these valuable items today.If you're anything like us, chances are you can't get enough of old Mason jars.There's no question that they're practical and beautiful, not to mention that they have a seemingly endless variety of uses.