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They are commonly seen for sale on the secondary market at antique malls, farm auctions, flea markets, yard sales, and on online auction sites.
The very first versions with this embossing are believed to date from approximately 1913, with production continuing to about 1960.
The evolution of fruit or canning jars parallels the science of food preservation, which itself was an attempt to address a critical need.
For centuries, rural farmers and the poor struggled to find ways to preserve food for the winter.
(See “Ball Brothers Glass Company” page, for a brief summary of that glass company).
Hundreds of millions (probably upwards of a billion or more!
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(IMPORTANT NOTE: please see the paragraphs with info farther down on this page describing modern reproductions of this jar, including the “AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION” introduced in 2013, and the new “Collectors Edition” BALL PERFECT MASON jars being sold as of 2019).
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Hundreds of slight variations in lettering font, glass color, base markings, etc., exist, and this particular type of jar presents a wide field of study for fruit jar collectors and glass historians.
Typically, they were made in half pint, pint, quart, and half-gallon sizes.
Each mold was hand-cut (hand-engraved) with the lettering incised backward into the inside surface of the mold, which of course resulted in the embossing (raised lettering) which is seen on the surface of the jar.