If you can your own fruits and vegetables, you might be surprised to find that the value of old canning jars is often significant.If you are using the ones your grandmother left you, that jar of spiced peaches might be worth more than you think.Prior to that time, flat tin lids were attached to the jars with wax rings.John Mason was a tinsmith in New York and perfected a machine that would cut threads into the lids, creating a jar with a reusable, screw-on lid.I did a little shopping this weekend at my favorite antique and “junk ‘in” spots! Would you like to know how old your vintage mason jar is? – because some thought the fancy loop at the end looked like a third L. After doing some research online, I found that these are probably one of the earlier sets of Ball jars to be manufactured.They gave testimony to long hours of labor in a steamy, summer kitchen.
We will share that expertise with you and all the visitors to our site. This site will be totally commercial free with no fees to pay.Antique Mason jars are nostalgic reminders of times gone by.In Grandmother's time hundreds of these jars filled with colorful vegetables, preserves, and jams lined the cellar shelves.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.People who enjoy canning often pick up used jars at garage sales, thrift shops, and flea markets because they are inexpensive.They never suspect that they may be using a jar that is seventy-five years old.Largely supplanted by other products and methods for commercial canning, such as tin cans and plastic containers, glass jars and metal lids are still commonly used in home canning.Mason jars are also called Ball jars, in reference to the Ball Corporation, an early and prolific manufacturer of glass canning jars; fruit jars for a common content; and glass canning jars a generic term reflecting their material and purpose. brands of Mason jars are Ball, Kerr, and Golden Harvest.Stop by and visit our Antique Mall in West St Paul, Minnesota. This is a new website for us at West St Paul Antiques. I'll be working on this site over time so bear with me.It should be finished by the end of 2010 with over 500 pages at that time and 900 pages by the end of next year.