How to Identify Vintage Mason Jars

Vintage mason jars can vary in size, shape, color, brand, rarity, and value so let me show you how to identify vintage mason jars.  First though, we need to define what a Mason jar is.  A Mason jar is a jar, used in the home to preserve foods such as fruits, jams, vegetables, meats, pickles and so on. The Mason jar has a threaded top to allow for a threaded band or lid. It was … [Read more...]

Vintage Mason Jars: The Most Collectible Styles of Canning Jars

The term “Mason Jar” refers specifically to the design of jar invented and patented by John L. Mason in 1858, but to a collector of vintage jars, there are several other jars to watch for. The Most Collectible Styles of Canning Jars are discussed below. Lightning Jar One of the more common styles of jars is often called the “Lightning Jar,” first designed by Henry … [Read more...]

Collectors guide to choosing vintage mason jars

For many years, Vintage Mason Jars were used to preserve food in homes all over the world. However, they died out when other systems of food preservation were introduced such a the refrigerator and commercially canned foods took over. Over the years, however, this method of food preservation has come to life with so many other food manufacturing companies making use of these … [Read more...]