Dating fruit jars

The only options for them was to use tin cans and solder them shut, or to plug their fruit jars—a term used by bottle maker Thomas Dyott—with corks, a practice that dated to the Colonial Era.

” Use The Logo To Find An Approximate Age It would have been much easier if Ball had placed a date on each and every jar, but that didn’t happen.

Luckily, there are some tips and tricks you can use to determine an approximate age for your jar.

) have been made and used by home canners throughout most of the 20th century.

They are commonly seen for sale at antique malls, farm auctions, flea markets, yard sales, and on online auction sites.

Appert devised a means to hermetically seal jars, which are just bottles with wider mouths. Interestingly, the heat killed the bacteria in the food product, but at the time people did not know that bacteria was the cause of spoilage.

While Appert’s invention marked progress, it did not help home canners—the process was extremely expensive and difficult.

The terms 'wax seal' or 'wax sealer' usually refer to a jar with a groove around the lip which held both the metal lid and the wax in place. MOST VALUABLE JARS 1865-1885 Jars REFERENCES: Leybourne, Doug. North Muskegon, Mich.: Privately published, Mc Cann, Jerry.

and as we read and study about history and antiques we also strive to be historians.

Along with the logo, you can sometimes use the color, size, and other distinguishing marks to help date a mason jar.

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