Dating antique jars

I remember rows of colorful fruits and vegetables in Mason jars in my mother’s pantry.

Nowadays, “putting up” the garden’s bounty isn’t as important as in the past, but many folks are rediscovering this lost kitchen art and some have just continued their mother’s and grandmother’s tradition of canning their garden vegetables.Mason jars were patented on November 30, 1858 by John Landis Mason, a Philadelphia tinsmith.He invented a machine that could cut screw threads in the lip of a glass jar.To answer that, compare the logo of your jar to those on this chart: You can also use other identifying marks to help date your jar.Phrases such as “Improved,” “Perfect,” and “Ideal,” give further clues to find the approximate year that your Ball jar was made.