hopefully not too OT - old glass lid

PutyourshovelMay 31, 2011

We have been finding a lot of artifacts digging up a new garden, and I am trying to figure out the age range. One item was a Ball No. 10 glass canning jar lid. Does anyone know the range of years that these were produced? Our development was built in the 50s, but the original farmhouse is behind us, so is substantially older.

We felt a canning lid was a good luck charm for a future vegetable garden. I hope it bodes well for lots of future preserved harvests! :)

See photo link, but it's a basic Ball glass lid. Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to photo of jar lid

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That's a gorgeous lid and it definitely is good luck to find for a garden! I would try to make an ornament out of it and hang it up in your garden somewhere....maybe hanging from a little metal post.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 11:12PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

That looks like a glass insert (goes with a metal band) for a Ball Perfect Mason jar. The jars were made until the early 1960's and at various times were sold with the glass insert-metal ring combo, porcelain lined zinc lids and the standard two part flat and ring we use today.

I'm no collector; I don't know where in that chronology the glass inserts with bands stopped being made, but I'd guess in the 1950's. I have some Presto jars with those inserts of the same vintage.

Here's a picture of a Ball jar with a Presto glass lid insert. Kind of cool, really.


Here is a link that might be useful: Ball Jar with Glass Insert and Metal Ring

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 5:31AM
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Thanks, it's cool to see how it worked!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 9:29AM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

I should have mentioned it's actually a three-piece affair as there's a rubber seal or gasket under the glass somewhat like the present-day Weck jars from Germany.

Obviously you can't get a seal with a glass lid as it's not going to "suck down" the way a metal flat will.

I'm guessing the original arrangement was a substitute for the rubber gasket + glass cap + wire bail arrangement on the older jars. The metal ring could be a little speedier if you were doing lots of canning.


    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 3:17PM
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