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This soap or lotion dispenser is made from a Ball fruit jar from 1910-1914. It was originally used to can fruits and vegetables in American households. Today it can sit at your kitchen or bathroom sink to dispense soap or lotion. Or set it on your desk with hand lotion or hand sanitizer.

The glass is stunning--it looks like it is still in motion. The shape of this jar is called a shoulder seal, which means a rubber ring would sit on the shoulder of the jar--the place where the bottom of the lid meets the glass. Today that place is a protrusion of glass called a "bead." Another thing to notice is the cylindrical shape with squared off shoulders. It was made this way to look like an old tin can, the predecessor to glass canning jars.

The logo tells us the earliest date for this jar is 1910, and the fact that it is a shoulder seal that does not say "Perfect Mason" puts the ending date at 1914.

The greenish blue glass was a result of minerals in the Lake Michigan sand of northern Indiana and the amount of oxygen that got into a batch of glass.

We make the pump lids out of vintage zinc lids and attach a brand new pump part. Because the zinc lids come from our collection, they are not all the same--some look more rustic than others.

**IMPORTANT: In your note to seller during checkout, please tell us how rustic you want your lid to look. Please choose "very rustic," "moderately rustic," or "slightly rustic." Thank you!

Dimensions: 7 inches (17.5 cm) tall, 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide, holds 2 cups (.5 litre) of liquid

See all our soap dispensers here: http:\/\/www.etsy.com\/shop.php?user_id=7511573&section_id=6367825&ga_search_query=soap+dispenser&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_7511573

FAQ: Won't these lids rust?

These zinc lids have been used for decades to seal canning jars and have been boiled and washed many times, but they are not indestructible—we’ve found lids buried in the soil that completely disintegrate. But you probably won’t bury your lid, so here’s a few hints to make it last as long as possible:

If you use your dispenser for hand sanitizer or lotion, you will probably see little to no wear for a very long time. If you use it for liquid soap, the water splashing and the humidity of the room may leave calcium or lime deposits on top and under your lid. We've sprayed a protective coating inside the lid to provide a barrier between the jar contents and the underside. Wiping the lid off once in awhile may be all you need, and a good scrub with steel wool or a Scotch Brite pad should make it as good as new. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. (This info will come with your jar)

IMPORTANT: In your note to seller during checkout, please tell us how rustic you want your lid to look. Please choose "very rustic," "moderately rustic," or "slightly rustic." Thank you!

Our jars are in vintage condition with minor scuffs and marks from decades of use. Before you buy, please see our shop policies: http:\/\/www.etsy.com\/shop_policy.php?user_id=7511573

If you have questions or a problem with an order, please contact us. We are very easy to work with. :)


New to Etsy? Here is a tutorial on the checkout process: http:\/\/www.etsy.com\/help_guide_checkout.php

We ship Monday-Friday and will email you the tracking number. Your jar will arrive with an historic information tag and some wadded up pages of our hometown newspaper (check the classifieds--you might end up with your own Midwest finds!).

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