I am more than sure that visiting here will give Ball Jar Collectors and non-jar-collectors alike, a much better appreciation for the hobby of collecting Ball jars.I am hopeful that everyone spending time at this Web Site will appreciate the beauty, rarity and oddities that make each jar presented here unique in the world.Of course, the canning jar didn't come out of the blue (though we'll see that the color has some significance), and its current mass-produced form was refined over the course of several decades in the latter half of the 19th-Century.The term 'mason jar' is, in fact, a generic trademark—à la Xerox, Kleenex, Jell-O et al (fun fact: phillips, as in the screw head, and zipper are also in the mix)—named after John Landis Mason's clever 1858 patent, No. The tinsmith's innovation was to create a seal the lid, as opposed to attempting to make a lid that was flush with the jar: glassmaking techniques of that era allowed for rough threading, but the tolerance wasn't nearly accurate enough to create the airtight seal needed to preserve perishables.Vintage 1923~1933 BALL IDEAL BLUE PINT Fruit/Canning Jar ~ Wire Bail & Lid ..
The main purpose of this Web Site is to hopefully give Bar Jar Collectors, no matter how experienced, an opportunity to learn as well as have a rich visual experience with Ball Jars.
Words are a very powerful medium and as an occasional writer and poet, I make good use of them. The real beauty of a jar can only be truly appreciated through a first person encounter but pictures are the next best choice.
Many of the jars featured in the Photo Gallery were acquired solely through the combination of constant continual searching, being in the right place at the right time, an acute knowledge and understanding of what to look for and of course, good contacts in the hobby. "knowledge is power" and that is very true but being in the inner circle is also priceless.
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?