Dating ball ideal jars
The infamous violet Columbia Mason jar developed a purple tint when it was exposed to the sun, which was a result of manganese added to the glass.But people were such fans of the lovely color that manufacturers actually began selling it in that shade — purposefully — in 1905.It’s likely that “White Lightning” derived its name from the fact that bootleggers used these jars to store their product.The Ball brothers, Frank and Ed, developed a semi-automatic process for the manufacture of fruit jars, which greatly increased the number of jars on the market and led to Ball jars becoming synonymous with the term “fruit jars,” much like Kleenex is with “tissue.” Fruit jars were produced primarily in clear and “Ball blue” (aqua), but some amber, cobalt, and even milk glass examples can be found out there in the wild, and they are likely worth upwards of several hundred dollars.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.There are also a couple of other old Mason jars out there in seriously high demand — and seriously low supply — from collectors today.
Second from left is a glass top Ball Ideal half gallon with Pat. The half pint jar Ball Ideal seems to be the most valuable with a listing of -100, if it is the same variant which is listed in the Red Book #9.
Instantly recognizable by avid vintage-lovers, the Nov.
30th 1858 patent date appears on literally thousands of canning jars produced between 1858-1920.
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.
Hi Robert, I'd be a little more conservative on the half-pint Ball Ideal at $50-$75, they're not in quite as much demand as the blue Ball Perfect Mason half-pints. (and one very recently found at a favorite childhood fishing spot of mine. But as for the other jars at this same site, I'd say they are a little bit pricey (imo). Jars with the 1858 embossing were made from the late 1860's until about WWI.