Mason jars and their value
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There is so much stuff on the internet regarding mason jars.
I'm freaking out cause we're clearing out our dad's house and a man is coming to buy a bunch of the estate.
Now I'm really curious about the value of the mason jars.
My understanding is that common jars are worth $6 a piece. And anything past the 70's is marked with the *R* next to Ball. So if I had jars that didn't have the R they would be worth about $6 a piece?
The common size is quart correct? I have a few that say Mom's mason's jar. I see 3 in the common quart size, and 1 in the smaller size. I see these as worth keeping.
I have a couple of bicentennial jars in the smaller variety. The one with the liberty bell on it.
The one's that say Perfect Mason (no spelling errors here damn, then I would be rich!), those are from the 30's and 40's right?
I just keep looking at so much information and it is overwhelming!!
Posted at 1:55 am Aug 10, 2009 EDT
One of your best resources for this project is antique-bottles.net there are experts on canning jars there.
Dating Ball jars is more complex than whether they have the R or not--the script for Ball itself changed every 10 years or so from 1890s-1930s, and then stayed relatively the same from 1930-1960, etc. If you like I have a graphic I can probably attach in a convo to you just for Ball jars! I use it to date mine.
As for the rest of the canning jars, some can be quite rare and bring $$$ on ebay. Rare colors like amber and cobalt will really bring the $$. It would be worth looking further into any brand that isn't Ball, Atlas, or Kerr--other brands start fetching $10 and up, depending.
I have a whole guide to canning jars that I got from amazon for like $1. I believe the author of that guide is on the forum I posted though.
Posted at 5:12 pm Aug 10, 2009 EDT
there are about 6,000 plus versions of the ball mason pre 1970's.
some worth 1.00
some worth thousands
you be careful what you sell
I buy jars at yard sales for 25c and they are worth 100.00
My understanding is that common jars are worth $6 a piece.
no about 1.00 to 2.00
And anything past the 70's is marked with the *R* next to Ball.
So if I had jars that didn't have the R they would be worth about $6 a piece?
The common size is quart correct?
I have a few that say Mom's mason's jar. I see 3 in the common quart size, and 1 in the smaller size. I see these as worth keeping.
quart and pint moms jar clear value~ less than one dollar each
RB 9 Catalog # 2198
these mom jars circa 1975 made in columbus ohio
Posted at 1:07 am Aug 11, 2009 EDT
I bought a box of jars for a quarter a piece had the coupon packet sealed with it.
the coupons were for c&h sugar 10cents off and 8track tapes kind of like columbia house records.
thanks for this post Im not planning on selling the jars as they are the best drinking glasses I have found ever for me and my kids.
Posted at 1:48 am Aug 11, 2009 EDT