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One of the most iconic pieces of farmhouse styled decor has to be vintage blue glass mason jars, and particularly, the ones made by the Ball Corporation.
Their distinct color of teal blue glass is also very trendy these days, making these treasures more valuable than ever. I started collecting Ball mason jars inwell before they were as hotly pursued as they are today. Back then, I could often find them at thrift stores, garage sales, and on Craigslist. Today, however, it's increasingly a rare surprise to find them outside of an antique store.
Over the years, my collection really started to grow, and I wanted to learn more about these beautiful pieces of history. I also decided that I would limit my collection efforts going forward to only the oldest or most rare jars.
But I needed to know more about how to date and identify the most valuable pieces. What follows is an introduction to dating Ball mason jars and identifying rare samples from those that are more commonly available. This guide is not intended to be comprehensive, and I am not an expert or at all affiliated with the Ball Corporation.
Instead, I'm sharing what I've learned through my love of collecting these jars and a lot of studying on what makes them unique. I hope it helps you to learn more about your own collection, or inspires you to begin one! The five Ball brothers started the company in Buffalo, New York, so jars with the original logo are now called "Buffalo Jars".
These are the oldest and some of the most rare jars to be found. If you have one, treasure it! Inthe company moved to Indiana after a fire destroyed the factory in Buffalo. Bythe company was producing 22 million jars per year, growing to 37 million per year by and 60 million per year by If you're a collector, that kinda puts "rare" into perspective, doesn't it?
Before refrigeration, canning was a way of preserving fresh fruits and vegetables to last beyond their harvest. The blue color of the jar is achieved by the types of minerals used to make the glass, and the color was believed to extend the life of the food by blocking out sunlight. Besides shades of blue, you'll sometimes find jars that are amber, yellow, green, and pink.
When the Great Depression hit America, demand for canning jars fell sharply, Ball ideal jar dating the Ball company started to diversify. By WWII, the company was also making ammunition shells and machine parts for the military to supplement a depressed market. Throughout the mid-century, the company worked in aviation, aerospace including making satellites!! Inthe company relocated to Colorado, where it is still located today. The logo imprinted on each jar is, by far, the easiest and fastest way to determine the approximate age your Ball mason jar.
I've created a pinnable reference guide that details all of the primary logos and their manufacturing dates. If you are lucky enough to find any of the following jars, you have a very special piece of history! Logo Imperfections One of the most common imperfections are misspelled words in the logo. Upside Down Jars Betweena series of upside down jars were manufacture that could be filled with coffee beans and attached to a grinder. While it may look like any other jar, the logo will be printed upside down. Size The most common size of jar that you'll find is the traditional quart.
Larger sizes are considered more rare, and therefore, more valuable. One of the most fre quent questions I receive by is " Do you know how much my jar is worth? The reality is, I'm not an appraiser, and the value of antique and vintage items varies greatly depending upon many factors including the condition of the item, rarity, market variability, and more. BUT, don't despair--I have a terrific resource for you!
If you want the definitive guide on identifying, dating, and valuing your vintage glass jars, you are going to love this. It's basically the bible of fruit jars! There are over 9, entries with hundreds Ball ideal jar dating illustrations, and an entire section devoted specifically to Ball jars. I'm not joking when I say that this is the handbook of all handbooks for historical fruit jars! I hope this has been helpful, and maybe even inspiring, if you love collecting blue mason jars as much as I do. If you want the definitive guide on identifying and valuing your jars, you can find it here.
And if you'd like some inspiration on how to style your jars within your home decor, be sure to check out this post where I feature some beautiful ideas! I have quite a collection of Ball Jars! I've always wondered how old they are. Thank you for sharing! Excited to see what years mine are! I have several Ball Jars that are exactly like the one in the picture above.
The script for "Ball" and the "Perfect Mason" are an exact match. The charts I have seen do not show how sharp the l's in Ball are made. What date can you come up with for the jar in the picture. Thanks in advance for your help. Hello anonymous friend, The chart in this post will give you examples of the logos as well as key features to help you identify your jars. Hope that helps you date your jars! Found clear jar. Spherical in shape. Has ball underneath on the bottom only.
Having trouble finding it online. I'm a little confused. I have two jars, one with flat sides that has the logo and a round one with the logo. But both say "Perfect Mason". Is that what is meant where it says that "Perfect" was on bottles from ? Thank you. I realize now that My two blue jars are a hundred years old and have their original lid. The phase info above indicates that this phase was used between and However, the logo is written with the underscore and no footed "a," which indicates to So which timeframe do you think these jars are from or to ?
I have a teal jar with no underline but it Ball ideal jar dating says "perfect" on it so which time frame am i looking at? I recently found a large blue jar with a swastika above the writing I have a quart jar that has no ball embossed lettering except on the bottom underside.
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