These lanterns make beautiful decorative accents, as well as practical ones – cardinals like to perch on the lantern I use as a birdfeeder. They are stunning luminaries at a wedding; they are evocative of catching fireflies as a child if lit for a party on a summer night. They look beautiful hanging with flowers, sand, tea lights, votives, dried flowers, bird seed; anything you can think to hang.
“Ball blue” jars stopped being produced after 1937. Not only will you have a beautiful lantern…you will be a proud owner of a piece of history. Due to their age, lanterns may have minor chips. Due to their actual use as canning jars, the logo may have faded slightly over time. Message me if you have concerns about this.
Inside the jar is a votive for size comparison. You can also look at a size comparison (and more pictures) of half gallon, quart, pint, and half-pint jars at the Seasonables Facebook page:
The lantern being sold in this listing is made of twisted silver-colored aluminum wire (approximately 14" long handle) and a vintage mason jar.
The aluminum wire will likely not rust; this is ideal for extended outdoor use, but will look beautiful inside as well, due to its bright nature!
This jar dates to between 1910 - 1923. (I used the Ball logo chart at the bottom of http://home.earthlink.net/~raclay/DatingBalljars.HTML to approximately date the jars.)
My mason jar lanterns look great paired with vintage zinc and porcelain lids, which I’m also selling here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/47872437/ball-zinc-and-porcelain-canningfruit-jar
Have any questions? Contact the shop owner.