Comments 2008


Last Years Comments and Visitors Views...

All positive feedback and comments has been very much appreciated... Thank You ęBallJarzĽ Wed 12/17/2008 10:34 AM

Hey, I came across your website and thought you might be able to help me....I grew up in Muncie and my folks still live there , so I am very familiar with the Ball name.

 On the front page of your site , there are three jars in a row.  The one on the right is the one I am searching for.     I am trying to match two that I already have.   They measure 10" tall.....4 1/4" wide on all sides......clear with rounded corners like the one in the picture.    I would appreciate any assistance you can give me in finding two more of thes

Thank You, Jim  in Indpls

Linda Turpin Tue 12/16/2008 2:01 PM

Glad  your parents had a sense of humor.  I taught school for many years and had a James Bond and he went by James.  Luckily he inherited his parents humor.  My question:  I have several Ball jars with glass lids, several of these, the wire attachment is all the way around the top of the jar and is twisted with a rectangular metal piece that the lid wire is hooked into, instead of the the wire going into the glass.  They all say Ball Ideal I didn't see any of these on your web site- do you have any info that you can share with me.  By the way your website is great. I live in Indiana about 45 miles from Muncie.   Thank you, Linda

thomas miles Fri 12/12/2008 5:53 PM

just looking but how/  address price shipping    thanks

Ann McCarty Fri 12/12/2008 12:55 PM

$OLD! Ball PERFECT MASON - Very seldom seen light blue teen series pint jar.

I have this Ball Jar but it is quart size.  I donít see a picture of this.  Do you  know when this jar was made?  What is it worth?

Thank you very much.

Ann McCarty

Nashville, TN  37205

Lance Sanders Wed 12/10/2008 5:37 PM

hi my name is lance i work construction i worked on an old  county bridge project and found a jar about 20' down it is an ball  it has 619-5D ITHINK IT IS  THE LETTER D I THOUGHT AT FIRST IT WAS O AND IT HAS #8 BELOW WHERE IT SAYS BALL AND BELLOW THAT IS  THE LETTER  C16. IT IS ABOUT 4" TALL&  2: ROUND. IT LOOKS LIKE IT HAD A PRESSED ON LID ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED THANK YOU .

Sandy Kelley Mon 12/8/2008 3:21 PM


I have a large Ball Jar (looks about the size of a grease jar)  (it has a screw on red lid), the jar has a pattern on it which is a basket weave and is tole painted with flowers.I have searched and searched for a similar jar but I just can not find anything like it.

I know considering it is a screw on that it's not antique, but it looks like it may be from the 40's(?)

Do you know of any ball jars like the one I describe? any help would  be greatly appreciated.

Regards, ~Sandy~

elizabeth wise Mon 12/1/2008 11:49 AM

Hi Bruce,

Your website is terrific.
I looked at it because I have a series of 4, graduated sizes, turquoise blue Ball jars, with an American eagle on the side opposite from the "Ball" side. The lids of 2 of them have broken (one only five minutes ago - I'm crushed - a friend broke it) and I'm longing to replace the lids. They're held on by the wires - not screwtops. The eagle is topped by a star and inside a vertical oval.
Anyway, would you have extra blue lids that you'd be willing to sell? Any broken jars at your house?
Many many thanks for any advice,
and best wishes for your collection - Elizabeth Wise Mon 11/24/2008 10:02 PM

I have a Ball Ideal Jar that is very green and has a seal on the opposite side of the word Ball that has an eagle like the one on the presidential seal and one star above it.  It has the wire closure.  I hope I am describing it correctly.  It sort of looks like this

VINTAGE BALL IDEAL 1 QUART BLUE CANNING JAR - eBay (item 390009724541 end time Nov-24-08 20:59:37 PST)

it is a half gallon or close to it.  What is it?  I can't find one like it on line.

Thanks - DD Sat 11/22/2008 12:15 PM

I broke my beautiful glass canning funnel. Can you help locate one? thanks. Nancy Thu 11/20/2008 8:35 PM


  My husband and I found a small jar at an old home place, today.  I have never seen one like it, and was wondering if you might have any info about is approximately 2 inches tall, with the #'s 204-3, then 3 1/8 Ball oz., then underneath that has a cork with a wire sticking out of it.  the seam goes all the way up the neck of the bottle, it has a rolled top. Looks kind of like an ink bottle, but not sure...can you give me any idea what it is?

  Thank you, Ann

McGlothlin, Andy - Contractor Thu 11/20/2008 7:14 PM


My name is Andy McGlothlin and I live in Kingsport, TN.  My Great Aunt died a few years back and I was one of her last relatives so naturally I got a few things from the estate.  Included was two very large boxes of Ball/Mason Jars of clear and blue color.  I really have no place to keep these and I was wondering if you might have any advice as to how I could move the entire lot without having to sell them one by one. 

Thank you for your time.

Andy McGlothlin Thu 11/13/2008 10:09 AM

Hey Bruce

my name is Dale just got into collecting about a year ago.....I have a question...The Aqua Quart Mason Jars have the Team #s or Machine # on the bottom,,,I have 0 - 15....are there higher #s?

Thank you, Dale

Matthew Lawson Mon 11/10/2008 3:39 PM

I was wondering if you have ever heard of a 1 and 1/2 pint ball wide mouth jar.  They are tall like a quart but are skinny like a pint jar.  They hold 3 cups (obviously).  I have not been able to find any information, pictures, or anything about the jar.  Can you tell me a little about them?  Any idea where I could find any?

Thanks! Matt

lonna bean] Mon 11/10/2008 3:07 PM


Todd Crump Sun 10/19/2008 8:05 PM


I came across your site and found it very interesting and informative.   I can only assume that you are extremely busy but I've run into a dead end on a jar I have and wanted to find out approximately when it was made.   I doubt it's worth much, but I am trying to tie the age of the jar with some events in the area where I found it.   I haven't seen a Ball jar like it so I'm not sure where to go to find information.  The only thing I have is a picture (please see attached).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.  It's 8.25" tall, 4" wide and about 3" deep.   The color appears to be clear to somewhat smokey.  I haven't cleaned it, as I was trying to determine what was in it (it appears to be coffee grounds). 

If you know anything or know where I can go to find pictures or information, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks for your help, Todd

Karen Stichter Tue 10/14/2008 7:49 PM

Hi, I enjoyed your website. 

What can you tell me about the numbers on the bottoms, especially the number 13?  I have seen them (#13) in antique stores for a price in the $40.00's.  How is that price arrived at?  Thanks Karen

Tom Moran Sun 10/12/2008 5:53 PM

Good Evening from Oklahoma,

I have Hamilton men's 10 K wrist watch marked on the back side "quarter century service award - Edgar Vice". The Ball logo appears below the inscription. Any ideas on age and value...Thank you..

Tom in OK

Thu 10/9/2008 10:23 PM

I have several 1Qt Ball Mason jars that have 1776 - 1976 on them. They also have Concord / Old North Bridge, Virginia / Mount Vernon, Philadelphia / Independence Hall, New York / Fort Ticonderoga, Williamsburg / The Capital, and Valley Forge / Washington's Headquarters. I also have pint Ball Mason jars with flowers on them, California Poppy, Sunflower, Morning Glory, Wild Rose, Lady Slipper Orchid, and Black-eyed Susan.

Could you please tell me a little about these. I came across these while cleaning out an attic.

Thank you, Al Cline

Joe &/ Adele Voss Sat 10/4/2008 3:20 PM

Ever seen one that flares out at the top and has no screw rings? AV

Comcast Mon 9/22/2008 10:41 PM

Your web site is very interesting.  I had no idea there were so many old jars available.

I have recently acquired 9 Ball jelly jars, 6 ounce size.  On the bottom it says "Ball Quilted Crystal Jelly Jar".  There is a "3" under the word Ball, and a "5" under the word Jelly.  The diameter is about 2 1/2 inches.  I am having trouble finding lids and rings to fit these in-between size jars.  The regular lids are a little too large.

Do you have any insight?

Thanks for your help.  Judy Jacobs

Janice Horn Mon 9/22/2008 12:47 PM

Hi! this is Dennis Horn, I'm trying to find the rubber rings. that go under  the lids of wide mouth jars.can you help me thanks a lots Dennis Horn 207 carolina ave.grover,N.C.28073 - thanks again.  Dennis

Zephyr Johnson Mon 9/22/2008 9:30 AM

I'm not sure where to start but I have a lot of ball jars and was wondering if there is a book of prices and or listing of their value? I graduated from Ball state a few years ago and love the history of the ball jar. I would love to see how much these jars a worth.

Thanks, Zephyr Johnson

Designs On The Side Sun 9/21/2008 10:41 PM

I recently was helping my wife clean out her motherís home soon after her death and came across several antique items including what seems to be a 5 gal (?) Mason Jar.  I see several like it on your website, but this one has the inscription ďMASONíS PATENT NOV. 30TH, 1858Ē across the front with a star under the word Mason.  On the opposite side is a very large eagle.

Any ideas?

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Roger Fri 9/19/2008 8:24 AM

Hi, I was interested to see your web site and as I have a clear jar marked "

Ball Special - Wide Mouth - made in U.S.A. was just interested in whether this would be collectable?  Could you please tell me if its worth something to a collector?

Thanks for your time.

Kind regards, Gloria

KAREN AND LARRY KING Wed 9/17/2008 9:20 AM

A friend of mine has a jar with openings on both ends. The openings are covered with glass lined Ball lids. Any idea?  The jar is green.

noreen Joynt Sun 9/14/2008 10:31 PM

Hello,  Great web site.

I just received two bell jars today.  They have a zinc lids and have the #5 on the bottom.  Could you please tell me about them?

Noreen Joynt

Sun 9/14/2008 6:23 PM

I just wrote to you and gave you some mis-information.  I said the inscription said Gertrude Boyd cap.  It actually says Genuine Boyd cap.  The cap with the flat top also has Ball on top.  The green jar says Ball Perfect Mason.

Thanks for any information.

Richard Semler Sun 9/14/2008 10:25 AM

I purchases two Ball jars at an antique shop recently.  They both have metal caps.  One is slightly raised in the middle.  The other is flat.  Both have white glass on the inside.  In the glass is the inscription Gertrude Boyd Cap.  (This is what I think it says).  One jar is green and the other is clear.  Iím interested in the age if these caps.  These will be a gift to my daughter and I want to tell her something about them.

Thank you for any information you can give me.

kris willings Fri 9/12/2008 1:01 AM

good afternoon sir. I have a bunch of ball and mason jars in my possession and need help trying to figure out where and to whom I should sell these jars to. any help would be nice

Larry Busby Thu 9/11/2008 1:11 PM

I recently found a bottle with a small ďBallĒ trademark on it.  It was similar in shape to a whisky bottle and itís size was 4/5ths.  The neck was smooth and appears to have used a cork for the lid.  Was wondering if it might be old?  Thanks, Larry Busby Sun 9/7/2008 8:36 PM

Would these be worth anything...I have seen your site and not sure if they are. here are some photos:

Thanks, Andrew Peace - Natick, Ma

rev andy moore Wed 8/27/2008 9:24 AM




Gary Mon 8/25/2008 10:16 AM

Great Website I am Gary from Tennessee. I was hoping to fine some of the older pint and a half's any ideas? Fri 8/22/2008 10:40 PM

I want to use the qt. wide-mouth glass jars with the plastic lid. Can you still get the rings to seal them better?  If so where?

Sun 8/17/2008 10:56 AM

I have a Ball canning jar without the printed word mason on it.  Was this made by Ball?  I know very little about canning jars, although my grandmother canned exclusively when I was growing up on the farm in Pennsylvania.

Your web site is interesting and beautiful.  Thank you.

Your response is appreciated.

Jeff Fri 8/8/2008 8:14 PM

Hi Bruce,

I stumbled onto your site while trying to gather information about Ball Jars.  I am a Mould Engineer with Saint-Gobain Containers, formerly Ball Corporation.  I started collecting glass shortly before I found employment with SGCI oddly enough and my interest has recently focused on the history of our company. 

I was wondering where I could get some information on the best way to purchase Ball jars and where to learn about them. 

I have attached a couple of photos of a memorial erected for Edmund Ball by his family.  If you like (and when I have the time) I can send other photos of some of the Ball mansions, one of which Saint-Gobain uses one as a guest house.  Our headquarters is located in a refurbished building from the grounds of the Muncie plant. I will see about getting some shots there also.

Thanks in advance for any wisdom you could impart on me about Ball Jars.

Sincerely, Jeff Wright

thororun Thu 8/7/2008 3:25 PM

I'm hoping this is the correct sight to help me out with a problem i am having with the ball jars ..I've purchased ball jars to do my canning this year also the Ball canner and rack . I've been canning tomatoes and cucumbers. the first attempt with the tomatoes i had a jar break the bottom broke and had tomatoes all in the pot .Then the second attempt I didn't put the jars into boiling water bath i just put them in hot water and then let the water boil which made my canning time longer but that seemed like a good idea. well pop went another jar bottom broke out and i use the ball rack. now just today i canned cucumbers same idea didn't put the jars in boiling water just hot water after fifteen mins. of boiling i saw a jar floating and seasoning floating .  can you tell me what I should do to prevent this happening  since so far its been every time I can I jar breaks thank for your help for this is getting frustrating    Joan Mueller

Karen Brack Wed 7/30/2008 9:39 PM

I have a Ball "jar" that I haven't been able to find any info on. I hope you can help. It is a one pint wine flask with a metal screw on cap. The bottom of the flask says Ball (in the classic cursive style) Wine (in capital block letters. Under that is the number 70016, and off to the right is the number 2. The front of the flask and al around the top has a lovely raised decoration depicting grapes on the vine. On the bottom of the back side are the words ONE PINT. The flask has a metal screw top lid with a five pointed star with a bunch of grapes in the middle, and the words San Antonio Wine Co. Inc.

across the top, and WINE on the bottom. The lid also has its original paper liner.

Any clues as to history and value? Thanks for any help you can offer.

Karen Brack - Garland, TX

Sattler, Curtis Wed 7/30/2008 4:41 PM

What a wonderful site and what a great job you have done to gain peoples and collectors interest in Ball Jars.  I have always had a thing for jars but now it seems I am looking for them now even more and more. I  found a 1858 Mason last weekend at the flea market for $2 w/ Zinc lid.

 Thanks again, Curt from WI

Don Hall Sun 7/20/2008 9:27 PM

My name is Arthur and I am retired and a collector of soda bottles.  I do a lot of diving and have accumulated quite a few older Ball jars and your site is very good.  I am sending you this pictured of 1 of 150 jars that I have. I would like to know about how old.  It looks like the top has been grinded how can I tell  Thanks again

Jaceallen Ball Sun 7/20/2008 11:46 AM


My name is Jace Ball. I would be interested in purchasing your ball jar listed at the top right of your Jars 4 Sale page. Below is the listing. Please contact me with information and pricing thanks.

Jace Ball

אפרת פזים Sat 7/12/2008 6:30 PM

hi Bruce

i am from Israel, and believe it or not i have never heard of ball fruit jars company in my life.

last week my grandfather passed away, and in his home we found a lot of old stuff including a ball jar.
trying to figure out the details on this lovely jars i cams across your site.

so here is a picture of my jar. it is a large one, clear glass  not collored] eclipse wide mouth.  it has the number 3 on it. it is not new, that i know for sure, and i have no idea how it got here since as far as i know they don't sell it here at all. my guess is that it was sent here in the first years of this country from the stats since in those days the situation here was bad and relatives from the states sent parcels with food. but that is just a guess now.

so what ever information you can give me on my jar i will be thankful. efrat markovitz. Fri 7/11/2008 6:01 AM

Gotta tell ya Bruce...never get tired of looking at those jars!  I went to the "Lost and Found" section and gained some new knowledge.

Tells me to look a little closer at the jars I come across during my travels.  I esp. like the Ball Improved line of jars......just did aquire a nice clear Balll IMPROVED hg.

Thanks for the site! David aka dygger60 Tue 7/8/2008 9:11 AM

My husband has some Ball Jars that he would like to use but can't find the rubber rings.  The following information is printed on the jars:  Ball, Ideal, and the letter "g".  Pat'd July 14, 1908.  Is it possible to find the rubber rings for these old jars?  He thinks they would need about a 3" to 3-1/8" ring.

Thanks for your time. Amy StJohn Mon 7/7/2008 9:27 AM

hi my name is mike and I came across a ball jar that is about 18and one half tall and about 30in around with a mouth opening of about 4 inches that says ball ideal on one side and has an eagle and a star on the other side what i am looking for is the lid for it it looks like it is the type with a wire because it says wire side on top any help would be great you can email me at and once again thank you for any help Fri 6/27/2008 1:25 PM

hi I wanted to know if you be interested in looking at some pics of old  mason jars and porcelain lids that I have? I have been trying to get some info but find it hard to get an idea of what i have. thanks for you time I also ultimately wish to sell these if they are deemed collectible.

D.HARBORTH Wed 6/25/2008 2:32 PM

Hi Bruce,

Let me introduce myself I am the husband of the author of "Granny Kath's Kitchen" the longest running jar column to date. Vivian died in 1999 and I'm in the process of selling our collection which was over 900 jars I still have 627 left, over 200 are Ball jars. The PDF file is a current list if you're interested in any or all contact me and we'll see what we can do.

Curtis F. Kath - PO Box 106 - Mountainburg, AR 72946 Wed 6/25/2008 12:31 PM

Request - suggest place to find out more about Ball jar just dug up.

Location - South Central Oklahoma

Specifics - I'm at a total loss and stumbled across your website about Ball jars, see that you know quite a bit about this so am asking.  We have found an old Ball jar but it is NOT a fruit or canning jar.  There is part of a label on it that seems to say 'Hickory Barbeque Sauce' although all that's showing is 'Hickory', 'Bar' and 'Sa'.  There are several numbers on the bottom but I cannot find any place to find more information.  I've spent the last 3 hours looking at Ball jars on websites all over the internet and have not found anything that even resembles this one.  It still has the cap although rusted beyond any hope of seeing anything. 

The bottle has mold line down both sides, can't see top to tell if mold line runs all way to top.  This lid probably screws on.  Here are 2 composite pics:

Yesterday, we found another bottle that we can positively date between 1898 and 1906 due to several factors.  This one was laying within a few inches of it.

I sincerely THANK YOU for anything you provide.

Sincerely, Lyresa D Sun 6/22/2008 3:36 PM

Is this jar one of the items on your ďJar WantsĒ list.  Check the attachment and please let me know.

Thanks Thu 6/19/2008 4:51 PM

I've spent all morning researching the internet here on how to figure out what a mason jar is or may be worth.

Kind of a long story- my fiancť's mother passed last fall and we recently went through all of the items- one was a mason jar found in the family farmhouse basement with a 1907 dated letter (sister who was on a steamship to Chicago writing a letter begging her sister to leave a terrible marriage- which is another story- I'm trying to locate any descendants to share this letter with)

I'm hoping that maybe you could help me figure out the type of jar, and if it has value.

it just says:

Mason's Patent Nov 30th 1858

no markings on bottom (slight possible punty- it's smooth) top is ground lid is metal with porcelain lined (n backwards) boyd's

I'm a glass artist (stained and fused glass art) and am almost positive this jar has been blown into some type of mold - then top ground.

It's a very pretty aqua color with bubbles (of course) anyhow- as you can imagine- my fiancť's siblings are curious as to the

value- it's so complicated to find this on the internet- any help or suggestions would be really gratefully appreciated.

I really LOVED looking at your collection and appreciate you  sharing- years ago when I did art shows, I had folks giving me all sorts of bottles and glass that they had dug up from outhouses on the Olympic

Peninsula- Glass is magical (been working in the medium since the age of 12)

Thank you so very much, Natalie Hahn - Whidbey island, WA Wed 6/18/2008 6:45 PM

Hi there!

I found your website while doing research on ball jars.  I have been purchasing ball jars thru the years, but never really started learning the history until recently.  Your website was very helpful---thank you!

I am interested in purchasing one of your jars that you have for sale---in particular, one of the Mason's Patent Nov. 30th 1858.  I noticed that you have quite a few for sale---would you recommend one over the other?  I was looking at the one for 34.99--but noticed that you have others which are cheaper.  Are these jars very different?

I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you, Jennifer Jones Sun 6/15/2008 7:26 PM

Today, I visited your web site and absolutely loved it.  I am into collecting not just Ball jars, but other ones as well.

I was in an antique shop the other day in Tea, SD.  I bought a box of 12 Ball jars; 5 had red plastic lids; 6 had green plastic lids; and one had a clear plastic lid.  The lids are unusual in that they have no threads to screw onto the jar; they have 4

tab-like protrusions to glide onto the threads on the Ball jar.  The jar threads are also unusual.  It is not the standard jar threads; they are evenly spaced at the top of the jar, not graduated as normal threads are.  The lids also have a built in rubber seal.  The jar that I'm looking at right now has one of the red lids; embossed on the bottom of the jar is the number 351-12; also the number 23A; and the word Ball is a 3-L loop with undropped "a".  The jar's dimensions are 2-3/4" ID and the height is 3-3/4" tall.

Could you tell me if you've ever seen any Ball jars like this?  The vendor I purchased the jars from seemed to think they are jelly jars.  I've just never any like these.

Thanks for your help. Lynne Wellberg Sun 6/15/2008 6:37 PM

Dear Bruce:  I haven't written you before but just merely stumbled across your site.   In cleaning out  shed at my mothers home I found two large Crisco glass jars........both have their lids.   The jars appear in excellent condition.  One lid is in great condition and is very readable.  The other lid is not so good but some of it is readable.  One of the jars has a date on it of 1928.  Could you possibly tell me how I can find out the value of these jars if there is one?  Thanks so much. You can email me back here.

Scott Winn
Heartland Promotions Tue 5/27/2008 10:33 AM

I grew up in Muncie, Indiana and one of the "Ball" family grandchildren (Marilyn) was a classmate of mine and now lives in Barington, Illinois.   My mother canned products with Ball Jars and I still have some of her jars which I would like to sell. 

I realize some of them are worthless, but I have some that might have some value.  i.e. two green jars (including wire glass tops) (one quart and one pint) that have Patent July 14, 1908.

I have several that have the heavy grooves on the bottom. (Ideal #9(2), and Ideal#12).  I have 11 others which I don't think have value.

Can you give me an Idea of what price I should be asking for the ones with value ?

Richard Legg Wed 5/21/2008 3:49 PM

Hi there,

I made my first antique purchase this weekend that just so happens to be a giant (and I mean giant) ball jar. It's a flip top and its about 2 feet tall.  It has an eagle emblem on the back. I was wondering if you might be able to tell me anything about it. Thanks!

Tara Wed 5/14/2008 2:40 PM


I recently picked up some jars for canning and there are some blue/ green tinted jars.  The jars have nicks in the tops and I canít use them.  If your interested and willing pay shipping I will gladly ship them too you.

After doing some more research on canning jars I went and pulled the jars back out of the recycle bin.  This is what they are 6 of the quart blue/green with no lids.   9 Pint jars with wires, 6 with blue green and the others are clear.  Two have no markings on them at all so I donítí think they are Ball jars.   There are six glass lids for the wire jars.

The blue/green quart jars seem to have been manufactured sometime between 1930 and 1960.

Lisa McGrattan Wed 4/30/2008 12:33 PM


I have a large box full (don't know how many) of Ball Jars which probably date back to about WWII, although maybe not that old.  They are square in shape, probably hold about a pint or a bit more, say Ball Ideal on the front, and appear to have a very small 600 on the top.  Concentric circular rings on the bottom, but no lettering.  Near the top (on the round part), is printed "wire side". 

Some questions if you are willing to help me:  Are thse worth anything?  Would you want them?  If not, any suggestions as to how to sell.

Let me know if I can be more specific about anything.

I may have other sizes as well - haven't yet gone through the boxes.

Thanks, Richard Mon 4/28/2008 2:55 PM

Hi! My friend owns a business and is looking to buy 4,8,16oz jars for wholesale prices. Do u know how i go about getting ball jars. Please let me know. 

Thank u, Lisa Tue 4/22/2008 9:13 AM

I recently found a 4 gallon ball jar with an eagle on one side.It has no lid.Wondering what it is worth and anymore info.about it.

Thanks. Sally Crocker

Sat 4/12/2008 6:48 PM


I have a Ball Jar Ideal Pat D July 14, 1908.  Could you please tell me what the value of it would be, and if you would be interested in buying it.

Thank you, Virginia Hopkins Thu 4/10/2008 3:45 PM


I really really need to find the Ball Mason half-pint, wide-mouth, clear little jars with goldtone closures (lid and screw on rims).  They look like little ice cream bowls with flowers printed on the lid and decorative embossing on the jars.

I have gotten them for years from Stater Bros. grocery stores, but I understand they have been discontinued.

If you have any cases, or if you know where I might find them, please let me know.

My best, SALAY SMITH Mon 4/7/2008 9:16 AM

Interesting hobby...

Sat 4/5/2008 11:57 PM

my mother had in storage a lot of these jars and metal lids

and  glass lids  different colors  is there a price guide somewhere   thanks Sat 4/5/2008 6:31 PM

I have a one half gallon jar that I would like to know more about.  It is a dark color, possibly dark amber.  On the bottom is wrote Ball and the number L104-64.  There is nothing on the sides except it says one half gallon.  It has a small handle at the top big enough for one finger to go through.  I have no lid for it.  It does need to be cleaned up.  Do you have any information on this jar such as the year it was made and the value, if any?  Thanks, Regina

day palin] Wed 4/2/2008 4:03 PM

I was looking through some items of my Grandmothers and found some jars. I got on the net to see if I could find something out about them. That is when I found your website.  I thought maybe if I attached some pictures someone might be able to tell me a little more about them.

Thank you in advance, Sheryl Ann Mon 3/31/2008 10:33 PM

Hi, Iím a junior jar collector I do a lot of home canning and started to notice a few unusual ones and decided to check them out. Now Iím hooked, but with little time and less budget to collect. 

I came across one that I canít find in Red Book # 9. Iíll try to describe it.

Front has a block letter JG above and a script, italic, underlined, sloping uphill to the right Mason.

Reverse has a vertical oval about 3 Ĺ inches high with a scalloped edge, cut in half horizontally, bottom is a large fireplace with a large kettle hanging over the fire, top has a candle lantern with glass globe sitting on the fireplace mantle and there is a shield with maybe a coat of arms hanging above the mantle.. It has a smooth lip and Mason beaded neck seal, base has a mould # 28. No other markings on jar. The shape of the jar is very modern softly rounded square and the jar looks brand new.

If you have any ideas about this jar I would be curious to know.

Thanks, Maggie Rinehart - Walton, KY Mon 3/31/2008 3:23 PM


I have some older ball jars with bicentennial picture on the side as well as some square jars.

Best Regards, William E. Lundergan Mon 3/31/2008 11:21 AM


I am looking for the perfect Mason Jar to be used as a fish bowl Ö I can't tell the dimensions of any of those listed on your site Ö could you recommend one?

Thank you! Hannah Fri 3/28/2008 5:30 PM

Good afternoon.  I recently found my grandfather's collection of jars while cleaning out my mom's garage.  My granddad spent many years digging up old jars and finding "gems".  I have a jar here that is light green.  It is a round half gallon.  On the front it says MASON'S PATENT 1858.  On the back it has a word written in fancy script...It looks like Gort??  Have you any idea what I have here?  I've searched and couldn't find reference to one with the fancy script word on the back.

Going through all of these bottles and jars has been like a treasure hunt!  I've had an absolute blast doing it!!

Robin Douglas Fri 3/14/2008 11:57 PM

Please send me your current in stock jars and prices with pictures  I am interested in purchase.


Wed 2/27/2008 10:56 AM

I am looking for 1000 cases of 16oz canning jars ASAP

 Thank You: James

 Majestic Janitorial Supply
1703 W Main St.
Carbondale, IL 62901
www.http// Sun 2/24/2008 9:03 PM

Greetings fellow collector!

I collect many things, not jars. Looked at your web site for some ideas on age as a curiosity.

Recently purchased another old house.  When they have an outhouse out back, and the property comes with contents, I get excited.  Of course I tell the folks that it will cost me close to ten thousand dollars to haul off the junk.  In reality, I will enjoy going through most of it.  Primarily primitives.

In the cellar, the outhouse, the garage, the chicken coop, in piles outside are thousands of pieces of glass.  Some are blue, most are clear. (A few are brown or green, not many) Some of the gallon jugs have corks.

Personally I do not collect jars, but did bring a few home because they looked different to me.  I donít know the difference between ss, centered embossing or anything. 

But this one had a number 26 on the bottom, had more bubbles than usual, so here is a picture for you.  If you want to see some other jars of randomness, I can take more.

What is up with the 26?

Did the email make it to you with such large picture files? 

Charlie & Barbi Amodeo Fri 2/15/2008 5:00 PM

I have a Ball sun tea jar and was thrilled when my husband found it. However, I am not as happy because when I opened the refrigerator recently, I found that the whole 2 gallon jug had emptied into our refrigerator. We would like to know if there is any way to re-seal the spout or if it can be replaced.

 I hope to receive an answer from you.

 Thank you.  Sandy Trammell 

lane gehrman] Mon 2/11/2008 12:39 PM

I recently inherited all the stuff in my grandmothers house. In the basement was hundreds of  canning jars. Some still full of stuff from the 50's. Anyway I found a box of ball freezer jars with zinc lids. They are about 7 1/2 inches tall. There is 11 of them 10 have lids. Are these of any value. I only asked cause they are so different from the others. Thanks Lane

Hi I actually got a link to your site from someone who used to work for ball. I sent her this email in regards to getting info. Please let me know if you can help me date this ball item.

From: Michael Aronne] Mon 2/11/2008 7:57 PM
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 10:24 AM
To: Karen M. Vincent

I was wondering if you could tell me if there is a way to identify an approximate year of production of a Ball Corp. bottle. I found this bottle in an area of Brooklyn NY that is on the beach. This area was used by New York City as a dumping Ground for used glass and china. It is now a National park and a boat marina. While catching Crabs one night I came across a large Brown bottle It is 4/5 quart with the ďBallĒ logo on the bottom in script along with a few a few numbers 75 53 D23 . I know New York City dumped all waste glass there from the late 1800ís to the early 1920ís. That doesnít mean someone didnít dump it there later but I have been crabbing there for 20

- sfdsinc Fri 2/8/2008 9:40 PM

Today I was walking out in the woods and found a pint whiskey bottle made by Ball.  The back of bottle has "Federal Law Forbid Sale or Re-use of This Bottle".  The front has "One Pint" and the bottom has "Ball, F10, 172-64, and D23". 

I can not find anything that states Ball made whiskey bottles.  Do I have anything worth while.

Thank you, Mike Phillips

Byron Bergman] Fri 1/25/2008 6:25 PM

Going through Mom's jars we found several of interest we have glass Ball lids, Drey jars, boxes of zinc lids in their original boxes, some Ball where the lettering is barely visible, Presto with glass seal & zinc lid with a bowtie shape cut out some zinc lids with porcelen inside that says genuine zinc cap for ball mason jars.  Awide variety of different styles of Ball writing some jars have the hand twisted wire closures.  alot of jars they seem to be about 2 quart or larger with zinc lids.  Please let me know if there is any history on them I've downloaded some info from your site as well as others.  Thank you Lorie Thu 1/17/2008 4:11 PM

Under contributed photo's you show a ball jar with a lead cap and a rubber seal. I have someone who has been looking for those rubber seals for a long time and can not find them. Can you tell me a site where they can be bought or how I might obtain them. Tue 1/8/2008 3:28 PM

Ball Ideal $9.99

irradiated 30 Series quart jar. For those of you who want color cheap, here's another one

Hi, I am interested in purchasing some of your jars.  I am really interested in the above jar.  How many do you have?  How many are in a case?  What would the total cost be?

Amanda Crawford - Carpenter Bus Sales, Inc. Tue 1/8/2008 12:47 PM

Hello Bruce,

While looking in my cabinets today for something, I ran across my Ball canning jar collection - not very large but I like them.  I then thought of looking on the internet for some additional info on them.  The question I have been trying to find a decent answer to is what the numbers on the bottom represent.  Some of the jars I have have the number with a slash (on the top of the number or below ?) and some of the numbers with the slash on the top i.e. with the number 2 - 5 look as if they are printed backwards.  At any rate they just don't look like normal numbers as you would see them.  Any ideas on reference books I could look at to figure this out.  I am running out of space in my kitchen and was contemplating selling them to a collector or giving to daughter and daughter-in-law for keepsakes. Who knows what they would do with them so prefer a person who would appreciate them to have them for their collection.  Anyway, have a great day and any help would be appreciated.  Thank you

 Kathy Wed 1/2/2008 4:59 PM

Hi there,

I have an odd request-I'm working for Harcourt School Publishers on an Indiana social studies textbook. We're trying to find a photo of the old Ball factory in Muncie, IN-but since that seems to be impossible to find, we're thinking of possibly using just some photos of old jars instead. I'm writing to see if you'd be interested in having us publish a photo or two of your jars in the book. We can pay a usage fee, so if you're willing, let me know and I'll show some of your pics to my editors and we'll go from there. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

 Thanks so much, Amy Sinns - Photo Research -Harcourt School Publishers Tue 1/1/2008 9:00 PM

I am interested in purchasing ball jars. Do you have any large ones that could be used to serve things?

Thanks, Nancy Williams

I'm interested in the ball jars with the dropped "a" and the underscore is disconnected if you have any available. Would like 2 if you have any and was wanting to know a price and pic's if you have any. Thanks

Michael D. McLaughlin Fri 12/28/2007 9:43 AM

Chief Engineer - Kellogg Development Company


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