Dating mason canning jars

There are a variety of closures for canning jars from zinc lids to the modern screw-on lids.

If you find a jar with its original closure, it will generally be more valuable than the jar on its own or with a replacement lid.

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1910-1923 -30.00 Aqua Ball Perfect Mason 1/2 Gallon, Bead or Ledge Shoulder, c. 1900-1910 Triple L -12.00 Ball Ideal 1/2 Pint, Clear, Lightning Seal, c.

-15.00 Atlas E-Z Seal Quart, Clear, Lightning Seal, C.

The script style was that of a cursive Ball with an extra loop at the end, known as “3-L” Ball jars.

They also continued to make the MASON’S PATENT NOV 30th 1858 jars (machine made smooth lipped varieties) up into the early 1900’s.

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.

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.

I’ll be sure to let you know when I’m adding something new to the shop!

If you can your own fruits and vegetables, you might be surprised to find the value of old canning jars is often significant, with some examples reaching into the thousands of dollars.

A rubber ring tucked inside the lid created the seal necessary to preserve the contents.