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Gayner and Double Safety Canning Jars

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For sale are two antique glass canning jars:

The first is a clear glass "The Gayner Glass-Top" fruit or canning jar measuring approximately approximately 7 and 1/2 inches tall. The back of the bottle is impressed with "MFD BY GAYNER GLASS WORKS SALEM, N.J." The neck is marked "Bail Here". The bottom is impressed with a "6". The bail has a tiny bit of oxidation (I applied a little bit of mineral oil to protect it) but otherwise it is in excellent condition.

Gayner Glass was best known for its insulators and these fruit jars are not easy to find. I've found the following on the internet in my research on Gayner Glass:

"John Gayner worked for his father in Bristol, England before coming to America in 1866. He started a glass factory in Waterford, NJ, and took on S. J. Pardessus as a partner. They made colored lamp shades and glass stained by a new technic. They moved their business to Salem where they leased the defunct Holz, Clark, and Taylor factory. John started off with less than a dozen workers, and by 1918, the company had over 600 employees. In 1879, they purchased the property and in 1885, Pardessus withdrew from the partnership. John Gayner then operated the business alone, until it was incorporated as a family business in 1898.

"One furnace supplied glass for various bottles and fruit jars, including Clark’s Peerless, J & B Fruit Jar, Trademark Leotric, The Gayner Mason, Gayner Glass Top, Trademerk Electric, and the Trademark Banner fruit jars. Two additional furnaces supplied glass for the hand shops making five gallon and ten gallon carboys along with battery jars. In the 1920’s, J. William Gayner started the factory making insulators. There are ten different insulators that were made at Gayner, and they all have “Gayner” embossed on the side. The quality of these insulators was excellent, but they were only produced for three years. J. William Gayner left the Gayner Glass Co., in 1923, to join the Lynchburg Glass Co. and headed up their effort to produce insulators."

The second is marked “Double Safety” on the front and “TIGHT” on both sides just under the top. The bottom is marked “Smalley, Kivlan and Onthank Co. Boston”, Mass. 4 X”. The top is marked "A.G. Smalley & Co. Boston & New York". Kivlan and Emma Adelaide Onthank were “jar jobbers” in Boston in the early 1900’s. Kivlan and Onthank were associated with Albert G. Smalley for some time beginning in 1906; Albert Smalley had been in the glass manufacturing business since 1866.

The jar is as found and has some cloudiness to it. There is a 3/4 inch bubble in the glass at the back of the bottle. There is some oxidation/rust on the bail. This jar measures approximately 8 inches tall.

Please see photos for additional info on condition and don't hesitate to ask questions. Thanks for looking!

Gayner and Double Safety Canning Jars


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: glass, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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