Dating vintage canniong jars
Apparently you can use Mason jars to make centerpieces and glassware at your wedding, layered salads, lighting fixtures, air fresheners, flower vases, soap dispensers…
They are even making a new version of vintage blue canning jars…
Although other companies began creating the jars, Mason held the patent, and so the style of jar became known as a Mason jar.
Clamped Glass-Lid Jars (Lightning Jars) In 1882, Henry William Putnam of Bennington, Vermont, invented a fruit jar that used a glass lid and a metal clamp to hold the lid in place.
They offered a more reliable method of preserving foods and were widely used across the country allowing homesteaders and urban populations to flourish.
Although “canning” (the American term for home preserving) decreased in popularity in the mid-1900’s, we are seeing a 21 century resurgence due to economics and desire for better food choices.
Other brands such as Orchard Road and generic Mason jars are mostly made in Asia.
Because competitors produced most Mason jars after his patent expired in 1879, Mason did not become wealthy and he died broke in New York City in 1902.The patent text called for a glass lining-plate to be inserted in the "well-known cap used with the so called "Mason Jar," for the purpose of preventing the disagreeable flavor imparted to the jar contents if the food came into contact with the zinc cap.The earliest known application of the is patent was a zinc cap lettered on top TRADE MARK COMMON SENSE PATD JUNE 2 57 OCT 27 57 JUNE 9 63 MAR 30 69.John Mason was a tinsmith in New York and perfected a machine that would cut threads into the lids, creating a jar with a reusable, screw-on lid.This process was easier and more reliable than the tin lid and wax method.