Dating mason canning jars

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It’s also because antique glass jars have been fetching some good value these days.

Very rare mason jars have recently fetched up to a thousand dollars, while antique ones can be priced for up to a couple of hundreds online.

Today however, mason jars are quickly regaining its appeal for a couple of reasons.

With a shifting culture towards recycling and reusing, people have opted to look for more environmentally-friendly materials like glass jars to store food and other items.

All of the jars I found have zinc lids with the milk glass inside.

The popularity of mason jars continued to soar during World War II, when the US government asked its citizens to grow and preserve their own food.

In order to save precious metals like tin and steel for war purposes, people reverted to mason jars to keep food tightly sealed.

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.

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