Hello friends..welcome back to my empty nest!
So ...you went to a yard sale this weekend and found yourself a pretty aqua Ball Mason jar.
They are all the rage now and becoming quite sought after, but what do you really know about your colorful little glass jar?
What's that you say....NOTHING!!
Well we are going to fix that right now.
First let me show you what I found this weekend...
I hit the jackpot!
I bought these from a glass guy, who as a teenager, would troll his local landfills for glass.
Man, did this guy have GLASS !!!
I bought these for $1.00 a piece....yup, you don't need to get your glasses..you read right..
Aren't they just gorgeous???
Love the aged zinc tops with the Ball logo.
Some had very cool glass and wire tops...so nostalgic.
We all love these for their simple design, their functionality and beautiful color.
They can be used in a practical way as in canning.
Or for a completely stylish manner in your home decor.
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They look beautiful as vases.
So how about a little Ball jar Primer.
Ball started Making glass jars back in 1885 in Buffalo, New York.
After moving to Muncie, IN and opening a new plant, they started making jars from acquired molds.
Most of these were the normal shoulder seal variety, but they also made the 'new Improved' type that used a glass lid and zinc band.
In 1893 Ball began using the Script style BALL lettering on their jars.
sometimes the name was underscored, sometimes not.
Around 1895, Ball started using machines instead of original old blowing techniques.
A new cursive script began to be used that was not seen on their handmade jars.
Ball jars have a few different hallmarks that help to date them.
This chart will help you date any Ball jars you might have.
I found this very informative.
The group of Ball jars I found this weekend had many of the different logos shown.
This one dates to around 1915...the Mason is now centered. No loop after the double L's and no underscore.
The IDEAL jars date back to 1915's.
Offset Perfect Mason lettering dates this one to around 1913-14. These were not mistakes as many believe, just reworked molds.
Notice now you see the Ball is underscored..again this helps to date it.
The IDEAL Ball jar with the word underscoring 1910-1923.
I love this Better Housekeeping glass top and zinc screw on.
My ATLAS E-Z Seal jar is what 's called a 'Lightening Jar' because the glass and wire clamp made is super fast to get opened. These were popular because no food ever touched metal.
The Hazel-Atlas Gall Co. manufactured jars from the late 1800's to 1964.
The white inside the zinc top is milkglass.
It is hard to read, but this is labeled 'GENUINE ZINC CAP FOR BALL MASON JAR'
|Example of a Shouldered jar and a No-shoulder jar|
My Atlas Mason jar on the right is a very old one dating back to at least 1910!
The glass is paler and all bubbly and more rustic looking.
How great is that???
Sadly Ball discontinued their famous Blue/Aqua color in 1937. The blue glass had been produced since 1890's.
Did you know the blue color came from the minerals in the sand they used in the manufacturing?
The sand came from the shores of Lake Michigan and when a certain amount of oxygen was used, it resulted in the gorgeous Blue/Aqua color we love today.
There is so much more information at this fabulous website:
Thank you Bob!!!
So there you have it...you are so much Ball Jar smarter now.
Now go hunt down some pretty jars..they are out there.
The #13 on the bottom of a Ball Mason jar is not a rare thing...Bob says that is an old wives tale and that they are not worth any more than a jar with a different number.
Don't fall for that story.
Good to know Bob
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.
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