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Antique Bottles - Fruit Jars

American Fruit Jars were used for home canning of all kinds of foodstuff besides fruit. Fruit jars were perfected mainly during the 1800s and have changed little since that time. They were sold empty for use in home preservation. The manufacturer whose advertising campaign gave fruit jars their name was Thomas W. Dyott, who was in the market early, selling fruit jars by 1829.

Antique Fruit Jars

Fruit jars For Sale

New Classic Rustic MASON 1858 Fruit JAR 5 Canister Set

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Get Rid of Pesky Fruit Flies- Neat Midget Mason Fruit Jar Fruit Fly Catcher Trap

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Vintage 1776-1976 Liberty Bell Bicentennial Maraschino Cherries Glass Jar

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Vintage Cobalt Blue Noxema Skin Cream 10oz Jar Label Baltimore MD Advertising

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THE AMBER BUFFALO 1976 QUART MASON JAR HISTORIC REPRODUCTION WITH MILK GLASS CAP

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Lustre R E Tongue & Bros Co. Inc. Phila. Pat Jul 14 1908 Blue Quart Bail Jar

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Vintage ATLAS Mason 24oz Canning Jar, Double Sided with Measurements

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Atlas Strong Shoulder Mason Aqua Quart Canning Jar w/Zinc Lid

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Vintage Ball Mason Jar with Hellman's Lid, Clear Fruit Design, Collectible

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Vintage Glass Jelly Jar Glass, Collectible

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Fruit jars For Sale

Atlas Good Luck-Shamrock ½ Pint Wire Bale-Clear Glass Jar-Embossed 4-Leaf Clover

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Ball Squat 1/2 Pint Wide Mouth Jar w/ Vintage Zinc Ring and Glass Insert

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Set of 3 ATLAS STRONG SHOULDER Jars - Jar Canister Set w/ Zinc Lids

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KERR Self Sealing Mason Soft Rounded SQUARE QUART FRUIT JAR & ZINC LID

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Vintage PRESTO Aluminum WIDEMOUTH Lid w/ Glass Insert

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Set of 3 -Ball Ideal Square Jar Jars - Canister Set w/ Wire Bail and Glass Lids

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Vintage Schram Automatic Sealer Quart Canning Fruit Jar

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Vintage 1/2 PINT BLUE BALL PERFECT MASON JAR - Zinc & porcelain lid

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1970s Ball 26oz juice decanter jar 191-5 A29 Hard to Find! zinc lid

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GLASS JAR 1 Gallon W/METAL AIR TIGHT LID Wide Mouth MID CENTURY MODERN~NEW RETRO

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Collectors rate jars according to their rarity, color, size and method of closure. The oldest jars, called wax sealers, were sealed with cork or metal lids and melted wax. Wax sealers were awkward to use, and home canning did not become popular until 1858, when John Mason patented a zinc screw cap and rubber ring. After Mason's patent expired, a host of other companies copied his design, some even using his name and patent date.

The second widely successful jar closure, called the Lightning, was introduced in 1882 by Henry Putnam. It had three wires to hold a glass lid and rubber ring in place under pressure. In 1903 Julius Landsberger patented the type commonly used today. A flat metal lid that was precoated on the underside with a substance that softened when it was heated and then adhered to the rim of the jar when it cooled.

Jars with practical closures were made in great number and generally are not very valuable to collectors. More desirable are jar closures that did not please the home canner and were manufactured for only a short time. Such as R.M. Dalbey's fruit jar which sealed with a complicated metal lid and three thumb screws.

Unusual color can make even a jar with a common closure a prize. Most jars were clear or a pale blue green that collectors call aqua. The rarer jars come in a varity of colors such as different shades of blue, amber, black, milk glass, green and purple. Very few black jars were made. Practically all jars in cobalt blue were special creations known as afterhours glass and were made from leftover glass. Old jars have lips that were finished by grinding. Many contain imperfections known as seeds or bubbles. Lack of grinding, bubbles and a roughened look are signs that indicate a date before the early 1900s, when glass made by machines took over.

Purple Honest Mason 1858 Canning Fruit Jar

Purple Honest Mason 1858 Canning Fruit Jar

Millville Atmospheric Fruit Jars 1 Quart 1 Pint

Millville Atmospheric Fruit Jars 1 Quart 1 Pint

The following is list of some early maker of fruit jars and their names: Agnew & Co., Allen, Almy, Atlas E-Z Seal, Bagley & Co., Baltimore Glass Work, Banner, Beaver, Belle, Bennetts, Calcutt, C.F. Spencer, Chicago Trade, Commonwealth Fruit Jar, Crystal Food Holder, D.H. McAlpin, Empress, F.B. Co., Fink & Nasse, Globe, Hamilton, N. Osburn, The Automatic Sealer, Gem, Mason, Puritan, The Vacuum Seal Fruit Jar Co., Thompson, Wheeler Fruit Jar, Whitemore, Wm Pogue, Woodbury, Worcester, etc.


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