Rarer still are cobalt blues, blacks, and milk glass jars.
Some unscrupulous dealers will irradiate jars to bring out colors not original to the jar.
Remember when the mason jar was actually a breakthrough in the American way of life?
How the revolutionary new threaded lid offered an alternative to pickling, drying and smoking as ways to preserve our precious aliments?
Once a common, inexpensive, household item, some old canning jars now come with a healthy price tag.
With plenty of reproductions and just plain fakes on the market, collectors must pay attention to the details to get the best picks.
A recent article in Creativity describes a perfect storm of circumstances: The recession fueled a resurgence in home canning and DIY projects while Americans' focus on healthy homemade and artisan foods made with fresh ingredients has been a boon for Ball.
Although the vessels were made of tin, the cans were lined with a glass container to prevent corrosion.February 7, 1888, a Certificate of Incorporation was filed for the Ball Glass Works of Muncie.On February 18, fires were started in the furnace, on February 26, the blowers began to arrive and on March 1, the first products were made.(In fact, we've recently seen a minimalist Euro version and a hipster-friendly mason jar accessory.)As for the tint?Well, collectors and enthusiasts most certainly already know that the pale blue coloration is characteristic of vintage jars.