Dating ball ideal jars
These were acquired from my grandmother who collected back in the forties.
Second from left is a glass top Ball Ideal half gallon with Pat. The half pint jar Ball Ideal seems to be the most valuable with a listing of $85-100, if it is the same variant which is listed in the Red Book #9.Lightning jars, so named because they could be easily and quickly opened, solved the problem of canned foods acquiring a metallic taste due to contact with a metal lid.A frisbee-shaped glass lid took the place of the screw-on lid and was held in place by an ingenious wire clamp, invented by Henry William Putnam in 1882.A rubber ring tucked inside the lid created the seal necessary to preserve the contents.The invention gave homemakers a new means of preserving food for their households, in addition to smoking, salting, drying, and pickling.The reaction of the molten glass to a cold mold gave the whittly effect we all like so much.
Some people used to think it was because of wooden hand carved molds, but that just isn't true - they would have just burned up upon contact with the superheated glass!
Hi Robert, I'd be a little more conservative on the half-pint Ball Ideal at $50-$75, they're not in quite as much demand as the blue Ball Perfect Mason half-pints. (and one very recently found at a favorite childhood fishing spot of mine. But as for the other jars at this same site, I'd say they are a little bit pricey (imo). Jars with the 1858 embossing were made from the late 1860's until about WWI.
I like your green Ball Ideal at about $10, with the blue Atlas, Ideal & Sure Seal at $1-$3 each. I have to wonder if maybe i didn't use it as a worm jar, from my parents collection and accidently left it there 40 years ago.) Ball Mason's do come in assorted flavors (sizes, shapes, age,price) and the information you have got so far here (from Woody & Jarsnstuff) is very correct. (If not, then I gave my globes away.) You can certainly find out very much facinating information on Ball Mason's, such as history and dating them, by doing a Google search. Also the lid has a Iron Cross on it with the letters FHJ Co. The "Lightning" style jars were first made in the 1880's. Most collectors like to put those lids on jars marked with the HFJ Co.
Instantly recognizable by avid vintage-lovers, the Nov.
30th 1858 patent date appears on literally thousands of canning jars produced between 1858-1920.
Some Canning Jar Terms Refers to the two L’s in “Ball” and the final loop resembling an additional “L” In Vintage News: Canning Jars A Cool Collectible: Amber Bottles How to Clean & Care for Antiques: Old Bottles Aqua Mason’s Patent Nov. 1890-1915 $15-18.00 Aqua Mason’s Patent Quart, Shoulder Seal, c.1875-1900 Number of small seeds $15-18.00 Aqua Atlas Strong Shoulder Mason Quart, Bead or Ledge Seal, c.