Dating antique jars

Jarden Home Brands (Hearthmark LLC), a subsidiary of NEWELL BRANDS, continues to sell new glass canning jars with the KERR and BALL brand names embossings.It is my understanding that many, if not most, of these recent jars made FOR are being made at the Winchester, Indiana plant owned now by Ardagh Group, North America.This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.Together, they cited information from 13 references.Kerr is most well known as producers of several kinds of fruit jars used for home canning.

The Kerr glass plants were bought by Ball Corporation in 1992, (Ball later left the glass container business altogether, and sold the plants to Saint-Gobain Containers).It’s likely that “White Lightning” derived its name from the fact that bootleggers used these jars to store their product.The Ball brothers, Frank and Ed, developed a semi-automatic process for the manufacture of fruit jars, which greatly increased the number of jars on the market and led to Ball jars becoming synonymous with the term “fruit jars,” much like Kleenex is with “tissue.” Fruit jars were produced primarily in clear and “Ball blue” (aqua), but some amber, cobalt, and even milk glass examples can be found out there in the wild, and they are likely worth upwards of several hundred dollars.Click here to go to the Glass Bottle Marks pages (page one).For more detailed information on Kerr’s Millville, New Jersey glass factory location, (where most of the KERR glass electrical insulators were made), please see my article on Whitall Tatum & Company.

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