Dating fruit jars


24-Jun-2017 02:38

The best known (or at least most SEO-friendly) collector is Bruce Wayne (yep), proprietor of the online resource balljars.net, where he's posted a comprehensive database of his collection, as well as a company history that curiously omits the 1913 milestone.

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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.By grinding the lip of the glass until it was nearly flat (known as a 'square shoulder') and inserting a simple rubber gasket inside the lid, Mason achieved a sufficiently airtight seal, and his namesake was born.The Ball Corporation—which also provides funding for the eponymous state university—was among the companies that capitalized on Mason's invention when the patent expired.Yes, the mason jar certainly harkens back to a simpler time, before refrigerators and artificial preservatives, and now that we take those things for granted, canning has become something of a throwback jam (cue snare)—the vessel once dedicated to keeping and storing foodstuffs is now commonly used as a drinking glass or decorative object.

Not that there's anything wrong with that: Unlike, say, the Edison bulb, the design of the mason jar has virtually no room for improvement, and its timelessness is certainly part of its appeal—as an object, it is imbued with nostalgia, thrift and (if you'll excuse another terrible pun) a can-do attitude.In general, food bottles have not inspired as much interest from collectors (the source of a large majority of bottle reference books) as other categories.



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