Dating antique ball jars
Some examples also have identifying initials on the base or reverse, or a monogram on the front or back, which can serve to identify what company made them. In those cases it is difficult, if not virtually impossible, to positively identify the actual glassmaker.
They are found in a multitude of color shades, with light aqua being the most commonly seen.
A staggering number, what this suggests is that Ball jars should be a readily available commodity and very easy to find, making collecting Ball Jars a somewhat easier venture since more of these jars exist then probably any of the other manufacturers combined.
Yet with all that glass out there to be found, it has become a colossal challenge to categorize, date and fully understand the minutia of variants produced by the Ball Glass Mfg Co.
On the other hand, as we have already previously established, Ball jars are a readily available commodity.But, what I have truly gained over the years besides the wonderful jars in my collection is something far more intrinsically valuable, namely the many great people who befriended me, taught me, reasoned, bantered with me, traded with me, sold jars to me, and shared their lives. I can honestly say that collecting Ball jars has been one of the most satisfying adventures in my life and something I will never regret doing as long as I live.GLASS FACTORY INFO ~ Dating ~ Antique Bottles ~ Fruit Jars ~ Glass Electrical Insulators ~ Tableware ~ Articles about different kinds of Glassware ~ Manufacturers' Marks used by Glass Companies in the United States: It has come to my attention that some oddly colored Nov 30th 1858-type jars (shades of red and yellow, probably other colors exist) have recently surfaced for sale on auction sites. We can be assured that ALL jars with this mold number are reproductions (modern fakes or ‘fantasy’ jars). If anyone has further info on this type of jar, or knows of other mold numbers that ID fakes, please contact me! Also…….of August 4, 2014, unusually colored midget (Consolidated Fruit Jar Company logo) NOV 30TH 1858 jars have been reported with a mold number on the base: H39s (the “9” is backwards and the “S” looks somewhat like a backward “Z”). John Landis Mason was awarded patent #22186, issued on November 30, 1858 by the U. Patent & Trademark Office (actually the patent was termed an “Improvement in screw-neck bottles”), for his invention concerning the process of creating a threaded screw-type closure on bottles and jars.I truly consider myself a very fortunate and lucky person that I just happened to be one of those few collectors who recognized long ago the intrinsic value, beauty, and history of Ball jars when they were objects of disdain or simply overlooked by so many others.I’m so grateful I had the foresight to collect Ball jars because despite the fact many of the good ones in my early years were financially and geographically out of reach, I still managed to acquire a very small but desirable collection through knowledge, insight, persistence, patience, and hard work.