Mason jars and their value

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raynecloud says

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!!

Kim

Posted at 1:55am Aug 10, 2009 EDT

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Jars with screw tops that are common colors easy to find pretty much anywhere. I think you would be very lucky to sell them at all to collectors. They want the odd colors & unusual closures.
Good luck though!

Posted at 10:26am 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 5:12pm Aug 10, 2009 EDT

no

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.

somewhat true

So if I had jars that didn't have the R they would be worth about $6 a piece?

No


The common size is quart correct?

yes

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 1:07am Aug 11, 2009 EDT

and mannequin is correct

you can date most ball jars by logo

Posted at 1:11am Aug 11, 2009 EDT

home.earthlink.net/~raclay/DatingBalljars.HTML

this is a fact tutorial written by a member of my fruit jar collectors group.

He worked for Ball corp. many years and is an avid collector of ball jars and a really nice guy.

Posted at 1:20am Aug 11, 2009 EDT

1/4 pint,1/2 pint and 1/2 gallon jars are sought after.They aren't common.

Posted at 1:47am Aug 11, 2009 EDT

moist says

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 1:48am Aug 11, 2009 EDT

<~~~~~~~~~~~~~~has a kabillion jars

Posted at 2:14am Aug 11, 2009 EDT

I what to know if I have a rare "ball" jar 10" high x 6" wide holds 128 ozs? It has a story to go with it. It looks super old.

Posted at 2:17am Aug 11, 2009 EDT