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Whether used for canning or decor, the Mason jar has an interesting story to tell.
First check the logo, which changed fairly frequently until about 1962.
The earliest logo was the intertwined BBGMC—Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company—used on jars made in Buffalo, New York.
But, you say, how can the date 1884 be correct, since you have a jar embossed with a patent date of 1858. Most machines would have from eight to ten molds, all making the same type of jar.
That was the date when John Mason received his patent for the threaded screw-type closure, and it appears on many different brands of jars. Check the logos below against the logo on your jar. Ignore the Mold Number How about that big number on the bottom of many jars? The quality control people used the number on the bottom of the jar to identify which mold was producing bad jars.
Dating the Logo Locating Other Identifying Marks Knowing What Marks and Labels to Disregard Community Q&A Ball mason jars are a type of home canning jar made by the Ball Corporation.
The company started making mason jars back in 1880, and many people today still use these for canning, or collect the jars as a hobby.About Us Minnetrista is a gathering placeinspired by the Ball family legacythat connects people and encouragesinvolvement, making our community a better place to live.Subscribe Email | RSS | E-Newsletters No, not at a movie on Saturday night. Instead, I mean how do you tell how old your Ball jar is?The number has nothing to do with when the jar was made.Two Online Resources Now you know that you can determine an approximate age from the logo and that the big number on the bottom won’t help—even a “13,” but that’s a story for another day.Dick is a retired Curator of Business and Industrial History at Minnetrista.