foreign affair dating - Dating antique jars

Some jars have embossing that is unusually faint ( for instance, just one or two letters within a word) and this can sometimes be due to accumulated debris partially filling the engraving of the lettering on the mold itself at the time of making, or perhaps some other reason.Other popular jars made by Ball include the Some Ball Perfect Mason jars are found with the number “13” on the bottom.There are various shades and tints of these colors out there.

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The Ball Perfect Mason was a brand of glass fruit jar (canning jar) made by the Ball Bros. Glass jars with this embossed marking probably constitute the most popular jar for home canning ever produced in the United States.

(See “Ball Brothers Glass Company” page, for a brief summary of that glass company).

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

The very first versions with this embossing are believed to date from approximately 1913, with production continuing to about 1960.

The underline may be very long, or heavily “looped”.

See this chart (courtesy showing logo variants at the following link.) if you are “into” studying fine differences in these jars ….somewhat akin to the practice of collecting coins and comparing their minor “mold” or “die” variations.As can be readily discovered, there were many different “sets” of molds used over a period of many years, with this same series of (up to) 16 numbers used over and over again to identify the molds being used on a particular machine.Thus, if a random sampling of these jars are studied, (for instance, just looking at a selection of only those marked with a number “2” on the bottom) , it may be seen that the numbers typically appears slightly different, in fact “unique” in it’s exact formation, from one jar to the next.The “LOGO 5” and “LOGO 6” are the two most frequently seen on older (aqua or Ball Blue) BALL PERFECT MASON jars: How to Date a Ball Jar Most of the typical Ball Perfect Mason’s are marked with a mold number between 0 and 15 on the bottom.

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