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The lid is embossed in the glass "PATENTED AUG 28 1900 / OTHER PATENTS PENDING". IMPORTANT NOTE: The letter "N" in the words Patents Pending, are all (3 of them) clearly backwards, a total mold maker's error! See last picture.
This glass lid is in very good condition. It has some areas of wear / stain, nothing major. It has 2 areas of chipping on the base of the underside inside lip, nothing major, and they can only be seen when you turn it upside down and study it.
This jar lid also has a humidor, a small open compartment created as a result of the knob being hollow, not solid, when it was blown. From underneath, a small piece of gauze or sponge was inserted into the hollow and then water was poured into it and it was soaked up. This kept the cigars fresh and moist, not dried up.
The purple amethyst color is the result of it being exposed to the sun light. With very few exceptions, only clear glass from before 1914 will turn sun-colored-amethyst. Not only does this purple/amethyst color make it a great looking lid, but it also authenticates it as being truly antique!
This lid would fit a cigar jar that has about a 3 3/4" wide mouth opening. No doubt there are several of the jars in collections that are lacking this lid!
100 years ago, when a jar was broken, the lid was thrown out. So the lids are hard to find as few were kept around once the jar was broken.
A great old piece with the embossing error, purple color, and ornate design!