Dating fruit jars

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If you can your own fruits and vegetables, you might be surprised to find the value of old canning jars is often significant, with some examples reaching into the thousands of dollars.

41,657• Patented June 27 1865 - Patent No 48,399• Patented May 25, 1886 (GLOBE, On Lid) - No. The amber ones can range from a light yellow to a dark almost black amber. To date the wide mouths are known to only come in aqua.

Companies experimented with numerous types of closures, many of which were very detailed, unusual, and impractical.

Unique closures might not have been favored by yesteryear's homemaker, but they are a hot commodity among today's collector.

If you are using the ones your grandmother left you, that jar of spiced peaches might be worth more than you think.

If you are an aspiring collector, you may want to pick up a copy of Redbook 9, available on Amazon.

Generally, the older the jar, the more it is worth.

Here are some tips to help you figure the age of your jar: How the jar is shaped can make a difference in the value.

The script style was that of a cursive Ball with an extra loop at the end, known as “3-L” Ball jars.

They also continued to make the MASON’S PATENT NOV 30th 1858 jars (machine made smooth lipped varieties) up into the early 1900’s.

There are a variety of closures for canning jars from zinc lids to the modern screw-on lids.

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