Collecting Vintage Glass: Jars
Collecting vintage jars
Collecting vintage glass doesn't need to be expensive. This page shows you where to find inexpensive vintage glass jars that don't cost the earth. Scroll through to find some examples and some helpful hints and tips on collecting old jars.
Some people like the vintage look but don't want the responsibility of caring for valuable pieces. For you, I've included a selection of vintage-style jars (reproductions) for use and decoration.
Shopping for Ball vintage jars - on eBay
The Ball jar followed the Mason jar into production for home preserves. It was produced by Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company and the first jars appeared in 1885. These jars have Ball clearly embossed on the sides or on the bottom of the jar. Ball jars usually have a light blue tinge - the color stopped some sunlight from reaching the preserves to maintain flavor longer.
My Mother's Collection of Old Canning Jars - She showcased them on shelves in her kitchenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Collecting vintage glass jars
If there was one book I would recommend for anyone interested in collecting vintage jars it would be this one -
- The same rules apply to collecting jars as to collecting vintage bottles. What will determine it's value is age, rarity, color.
- Check the bottom of the jar for marks and patent numbers
- Look at the lip - the older ones have rolled and uneven lips.
- Look for imperfections in the glass - the older ones will have bubbles and irregularities.
Ideas for Using Mason Jars
- 101 Uses for Mason Jars
Vintage canning jars bring comforting memories of our grandmothers storing food for the winter. Now they find new life re-purposed as candle holders, soap dispensers and so much more.
- Mason Jar Decor
It started with a joke gift from my brother of Rednek wine glasses you see there in the picture above. I think he thought they were funny, as did I. And, then? My collection of mason jar decor items just sort of grew. I'll have to say that it's been.
- Mason Jar Ideas For Your Wedding
Ever wondered how a simple mason jar can transform something simple into a beautifully timeless rustic wedding reception? Read more below to find out how mason jars can be part of your wedding.
Vintage style jar - canning jar with locking lever
Some people prefer newly made canning jars with a vintage look to them. With these, they can use them daily and not worry so much about accidentally breaking an antique jar.
Think of all the things you can store in these: brown sugar, trail mix, macaroni, and so much more. Nonfood items look great in these too. Put your marble collection on display or fill the retro canning jar with other small collectibles.
This vintage style French canning jar is ideal for all your kitchen needs. This is a sturdy jar with a locking lever and a rubber seal keeps it airtight. These jars look great as well as being practical.
Vintage Mason jars - Great Buys on eBay
The Mason jar for home canning an pickling was invented by John Landis Mason. The patent date is 1858. The early ones closed with a glass lid held with some sort of wire. Later these were replaced with metal screw lids. You can still find some that had a rubber seal but these tend to dry out and are petrified by now.
Resources for collecting vintage glass jars
Poster available at Zazzle:
Fruit Jar Collector Antiques Vintage Mason Jars Posters by PERKYPILLOWS
- Collectible Canning Jars
Did you know that canning jars have become a sought after collectible? The popularity could be that the jars represent the “comfort foods’ that our parents and grandparents preserved with love!
- Antique Ball Jars - Collector Information | Collectors Weekly
The roots of the Ball Glass Manufacturing Company go back to 1880.
- The Ball Jar Collectors Web Site
Welcome to the Web site that's all about Ball jars! 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.
Vintage apothecary jars - on eBay
Pharmacy - Room - The dispensary Poster by suburbanscenes
Apothecary or drugstore jars come in all shapes and sizes. The apothecary was what we think of now as a chemist or pharmacist. He sold medicines and natural remedies, the jars were mostly colored glass jars with wide open top and lid. Of course he also sold candy - the candy jars which were mostly clear and usually a finer thinner glass than medicine and poison jars. Then there were small jars that held ointments and salves. These tended to be cloudy milk colored.
Because of the pleasing shape and colors, apothecary jars are often reproduced in modern glass. A real vintage one will show signs of wear and tear, and will have patent marks on the bottle.
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Looking for Extremely Rare Jars - Your Best Bet Is eBay
This auction link changes frequently and will show all kinds of vintage jars but only the most rare ones. Get your bid in before the deadline.
These aren't what I'd call affordable vintage jars, but it's fun to browse.
© 2012 Virginia Allain