FOODS & CANNING JARS
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SUN (inside a stylized sun motif) / TRADE MARK - This is a quart size SUN fruit jar with the original lid and a rare original cast iron clamp and cam lever closure! This represents the main "yoke and cam lever" competition for the more common Globe canning jars which utilized a different version of the cam lever tightening yoke/lid closure conformation. This particular jar is even rarer in that it has about 95% of the original labeling indicating it was used by a San Francisco, CA. food packing company for their "Palace Brand Mince Meat" (more below). Although regular fruit jars were often used by packing companies to bottle their products - a great marketing ploy - it is a very rare occurrence that a jar is found with the original label since the purchaser of the jar would use it for their own home canning and the labels come off in the water bath during canning.
The jar is embossed with SUN inside an outline of the sun with rays with TRADE MARK below. This embossing is shown in the second image to the right; click to enlarge. The base is embossed J. P. BARSTOW / 8 within a post-base mold circle; click base embossing to see an image of such. These jars were made for the J. P. Barstow Fruit Jar Company of Jersey City, NJ. from about 1894 to 1903 by an unknown glass house (Roller 2011). The cast iron yoke clamp, which tightened by a cam lever is cast with MONIER'S PAT APR 1 90 MAR 12 95. Click Monier's 1895 patent to see such including the patent illustration showing this closure, lid and jar finish.
A close inspection of the label which only notes "H. LE*** CO. of the company name (due to label damage) and a check of a food bottle reference (Zumwalt 1980) indicates that this jar was used by the H. LEVI & CO. which was a pioneer San Francisco wholesale grocer beginning in the 1850s. Further use of the internet indicated the company was in business until at least the early 1900s and were selling mincemeat for 6¾ cents per pound in 1900 (San Francisco Municipal Reports for the Fiscal Year 1899-1900 - on Google Books). Even though presumably made for and marketed by an East Coast company, SUN jars are found frequently on the West Coast.
As noted above, the label is about 95% complete and very colorful as the images show though has some staining and darkening. The jar itself is mint with the usual ground rim (no real chipping during grinding), a lid that just has a tiny bit of roughness (in making I believe) on the lower edge, and no staining whatsoever. The original closure has a coating of rust with some small patches of pitting, though all the noted original cast "embossing" is easily readable...and the camp still works! Great jar and one used on my Historic Bottle Website for illustrating the cam lever type closure and the use of a jar by a packing company. $145
SAN FRANCISCO / GLASS WORKS - Quart fruit jar. Here is a rare and desirable Western made wax sealer fruit jar dating from the 1870s. The glass is a classic "SFGW" bluish aqua, 7 1/2" tall, with applied (pressed on ring) wax seal type finish. It has the classic SFGW "curved R's" which were apparently a stylistic trade mark of a particular mold cutter working for the SFGW and later for the SF&PGW. Click HERE for a close-up of the embossing. There is also the usual blanked out plate curving above the San Francisco where the "Cutting & Co" (I think that is right) embossing was removed from the original configuration of the mold. After this mold was used for the SFGW jars, all this embossing was blanked or "slugged" out in order to make the "M. Seller & Co. / Portland, O." fruit jar in the early 1880s most likely (talk about recycling!). The glass is crude, whittled, and bubbly and the wax seal lip is crudely applied...the way we like them. The jar is largely mint though has/had a very small chip on the outer edge of the lip which has been repaired quite well, though the epoxy/resin does have a slight yellowish cast to it upon very close inspection. This repair was reportedly (from the seller I acquired it from) done by Marty Hall who is well known in the West for quality work. The repair appears to be only about 1/2" + or - long and very shallow (<1/4" deep) and something I wouldn't have bothered to have done. Click HERE to see a close-up of the repair on the lip which is pointed out with an arrow. There is also some neat crudeness to the inner ring just inside the repair which is not a chip, but totally in-making. Bottle used for and pictured on the Historic Bottle Website. A very nice jar which makes it easy to see why someone did take the trouble to repair the small chip - "damage" that is very minimal but enough to lower the price by a couple hundred. SOLD!
TRADE MARK / LIGHTNING (set of three!) - Here is a great set of the three sizes of the famous LIGHTNING fruit jars! All are embossed with TRADE MARK (arched) / LIGHTNING along with PUTNAM across the base and a number (noted later). I've had this set for many years either on the fireplace mantle (house we used to have) or in the window (house we now live in). Time to pass them on. Colored (i.e., non-aqua) Lightning jars are popular with collectors since they come in a run of very interesting colors including many shades of amber like the offered examples. The history of these innovative jars is available on my educational website at this link: Lightning canning jar. All three are in very good to near mint condition, as individually described below:
Half gallon example: This is a very fine example of the largest size Lightning jar at a bit over 10" tall (with the lid on) and 4.25" in diameter. This jar is a light-ish to medium golden amber glass with some orange to it. Click on the full view image which shows the color accurately to my eye though it is a bit lighter in real life. The glass also has some nice overall whittle to it and a few bubbles here and there. The base has the mold number 295 along with PUTNAM. Condition is essentially mint with no problems that I can see besides some base wear (none of the jars were ever buried), probably a scuff or two (can't see any of note though) and the usual light rust coating to the bail metal. There is even very little grinding related flaking to the ground rim; click close-up of the rim and lid to see such. The lid matches the color accurately and is essentially perfect too.
Quart example: This quart (~8 inches tall with lid; 3.75" in diameter), though the commonest size of the three is a very beautiful example have a highly whittled and wavy light yellow color with a bit of an amber tone...and in some light, just a touch of green to my eye. The image at the following link - quart jar view - shows the color pretty well though in real life it is a bit lighter. In any even, it is a spectacular window bottle! The base has PUTNAM as well as 129 as the mold number. This jar really does have a lot of glass character with wavy swirls, the noted whittle and some bubbles here and there. The condition is also very good with very limited flaking to the ground rim (click close-up of the rim and lid to see such) and very little wear beside at the edge of the base. The bail has some scattered light rust, but some patches of the original black paint. The only thing keeping this jar from perfection is a very small patch of surface flaking (about 1 cm x 1/2 cm in area) just above the neck encircling wire and probably related to the application of the wire post-manufacture? Almost impossible to photograph though here is a link that shows it as best I can. The lid matches the color very accurately (maybe even a touch more vague green tone) and is essentially perfect. Beautiful jar!
Pint example: And finally there is the pint size which is easily the rarest of the three sizes. This is a very fine example in a medium to medium dark tobacco amber coloration. Click pint jar view to see the jar; the color is pretty accurate here also. The base also has PUTNAM and the mold number here is 22. The condition is essentially mint with limited flaking to the ground rim (click close-up of the rim and lid to see such) and very little wear beside at the edge of the base. The bail has some scattered light rust, but some patches of the original black paint also. The glass doesn't really have any whittle but is glossy and almost totally unblemished...except for a few bubbles in the glass. The lid matches the jar color accurately and is near mint with one small pin head size nick to the edge.
A great set of colored jars for your window (all pass light very easily) or use them in your country kitchen for storing stuff (but be careful!) or just set them on your bottle/jar shelves and enjoy. Take all three for one good price. SOLD!
SWIRLED PEPPER SAUCES - I can't think of any other bottles that are more beautiful for the price than these spiral/swirled body peppersauce bottles! This set of three includes a vibrant emerald green example (far right) along with a deep blue green (far left) and very light blue green/very deep aquamarine (middle) examples. All are approximately 8" tall, smooth base with the embossing S. & P. / PAT. APP. FOR., American ca. 1890's. The S. & P. stands for Stickney & Poor of Boston, Mass. an important "food" company of the 19th century. These sauce bottles were acquired to illustrate the food bottles section of my Historic Bottle Website. Here is a portion of the write-up from that website which more fully describes these:
The pictured bottles... are embossed with S & P. PAT. APP. FOR on the base. The S. & P. is for Stickney & Poor, a very successful Boston producer of "Mustards, Spices, Extracts, &c." during most of the 19th century and apparently into the 20th (Zumwalt 1980). These bottles have tooled double ring finishes (with the upper portion distinctly larger than the lower portion) and were blown in a cup-base mold which likely had air venting (although evidence of air venting is lost in the heavily decorated body styling) - all attributes indicating manufacture between the 1880s and early 1910s. These bottles were neck labeled since labels could not adhere well to the lumpy body; click Stickney & Poor label to see an image of part of the neck label noting the company name...
These examples are in essentially mint condition with no stains, cracks, chips, or any significant post-manufacturing problems. The only thing I can see is that the deeper blue green one has a couple very tiny "fleabites" ("pin pricks") on one edge of the base and a couple very faint wisps of haze inside. If these aren't the best looking window bottles you can imagine (for the price) I don't know what would be. Not much more to say about it...just look at the picture. $135
SUNFLOWER / DAIRY / ASTORIA, OREGON - A nice Astoria, Oregon half pint orange ACL (Applied Color Label/Lettering) milk or cream bottle that has the following on the reverse (Health & Energy IN EVERY GLASS) with a 30s/40s dressed gal (looks kind of like Little Orphan Annie without the empty eyes) firmly holding a milk bottle. The base is embossed with the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. makers mark that vaguely resembles the ringed planet Saturn (also called the "diamond O-I" mark) and indicates manufacture at plant #22 (Tracy, CA.) in 1944 most likely ("4" date code and the DURAGLAS embossing). There is also a nice valve mark on the base indicating manufacture by a press-and-blow machine - the typical type machine used for milk bottle (and fruit jar) production from the early 1900s until at least the 1950s. This little bottle is perfectly mint to my eye with no wear or chipping of the ACL and includes the cap for the same dairy. This bottle was purchased to illustrate the milk bottle section of the Historic Bottle Website and it is time to pass it on to someone else. $15
Queen Olives XXX Francis H. Leggett & Co. - This tall olive bottle is product labeled indicating it contained "Queen Olives" and was used by the Francis H. Leggett & Co. (New York). The label is about 95%+ intact, the base is embossed as described below, 11.25" tall, clear glass, tooled one-part finish, and from the late 19th century. This bottle was also acquired to illustrate the food bottles section of the Historic Bottle Website and like the bottle above, came from a large collection of labeled food bottles. Here is the write-up from that website which more fully describes this interesting bottle:
The company began business in 1870 and also continued until at least 1980 (Zumwalt 1980). The base has the embossing F. H. L. & CO. / N. Y. for the F. H. Leggett Co. and is an example of base embossing that without the label would be hard to determine otherwise; it could also possibly be construed as a bottle makers marking. This bottle has a tooled one-part finish, was blown in a post base mold with no obvious evidence of mold air venting, and is somewhat crudely made (e.g., bubbles in the glass, stretch marks on the shoulder/neck, wavy glass). These diagnostic features would indicate a probable manufacturing date between the mid to late-1880s to mid to late-1890s. However, this bottle design with the ribbed lower body was patented by Leggett on February 26th, 1889 giving a good begin date for this particular style. Other examples of these tall bottles have the actual patent date embossed on the base (Caniff 1997). Click Leggett patent 1889 to see that patent. Click on the following links to view more images of this bottle: base view (embossing is minimally visible); close-up of the neck and tooled finish showing the tooled one-part finish.
Yet another mint food bottle with a great label. $20
PRIMROSE / REGISTERED (in a banner) / BRAND / WESTERN MEAT COMPANY - This is one of those odd bottles that looks like one thing - an early 20th century liquor bottle - but was actually something quite different - salad oil! Actually, this shape was commonly used for both oil and liquor during the first couple decades of the 20th century - at least in the West which is where this bottle comes from. It is 11" tall, aqua in color, with a tooled finish...it is essentially mint with now staining, chips, cracks or other post-production damage only a few light scuffs here and there. This bottle was also acquired to illustrate the food bottles section of the Historic Bottle Website. Here is the write-up from that website which more fully describes this interesting bottle:
The pictured bottle above is embossed vertically with PRIMROSE / REGISTERED / BRAND / WESTERN MEAT COMPANY. This is known to be a salad dressing bottle as other variants are embossed with PRIMROSE SALAD OIL (Zumwalt 1980). Like its liquor bottle relatives, this salad oil bottle was blown in a cup base mold, has a tooled brandy finish, and plentiful air venting marks on the shoulders, body edges, and integrated within the embossing; it almost certainly dates from between 1905 and 1920. Click on the following links for more images of this bottle: base view showing the cup base mold conformation (base is 2.9" square); close-up of the shoulder, neck and finish. The Western Meat Company began business around 1895 and was located in Chicago but had several packing houses in California (Zumwalt 1980). It's president was Gustavus Swift and the company was (or became) part of Swift & Company - still one of the largest meat processing and food companies in the world (source: www.swiftbrands.com). Swift & Co. also used a similar aqua glass bottle that is embossed with MONOGRAM SALAD OIL / SWIFT & CO. / U.S.A. (Zumwalt 1980).
That about tells the story. Bottle also has some crudeness in the form of bubbles in the glass and a small but interesting ripple mark at the back corner - a byproduct of the hand manufacturing. $15
TRADE MARK / LIGHTNING - That is embossed on the body of this impressively large (over 10" tall and 4.25" in diameter) half gallon jar. Colored Lightning jars are a popular with collectors item since they come in a run of very interesting colors including many shades of amber like this offered example. This jar was acquired to illustrate the food bottles section of the Historic Bottle Website; the history of these innovative jars is available on my other website at this link: Lightning canning jar. The amber jars are somewhat abundant though quite popular with the pint being the rarest with these half gallons being much rarer than the quarts. The base is embossed with PUTNAM and the mold number 156; click base view to see such. The base also has - as the image shows - some flat, blotchy glass markings which was the result of the glass blower slopping glass fragments into the mold bottom and not cleaning them out... an interesting crudeness seen with hand-made production item. This jar is a light-ish medium golden amber color with a bit of orange to it; the full view image shows the color accurately to my eye. Condition is near mint as with most of these jars (which were rarely tossed and buried unless broken). The minor condition exceptions follow: some minor scratching/scuffing to the body, ample base wear (where it should be), some rusting/pitting to the wire bail (but quite solid and totally intact); and a small flake to the underside of the color matching glass lid which is visible in the enlarged image showing the lid (lid has the usual patent dates embossed on it). The ground rim is essentially perfect and better than average as it has very little evidence of grinding flaking. Nice jar with some body crudeness and bubbles. $110
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GLOBE canning jar - A familiar jar in a nice color and rare size - the pint, which is much rarer (at least in amber) than either the quart or half gallon I believe. This jar is about 7" tall from heel to the top of the cam lever mechanism. The glass is a light-ish golden orange amber color that is very esthetic, though not an unusual color for these great looking jars. The glass also has a bit of whittle and an even smattering of tiny seed bubbles which are visible in the enlarged image. It also has essentially a perfect ground rim - or as perfect as a ground rim can be pretty much with just some typical tiny "chipping." Click Globe pint base to view an image of this jars base along with the top view of the lid. Condition of this jar itself is about mint with no chips, cracks or other post-manufacturing damage, though it does have some wisps of very light content haze on the inside on the reverse; very hard to see. The color matching glass lid (with the usual patent 1886 date embossed boldly) is about perfect with just one tiny "flea bite" on the outside edge. The metal bail portions are in great condition with minimal rust. Excellent jar that would compliment any collection (or window). SOLD!
PATENT / SEPT. 18. 1860 - This quart jar is listed in "The Redbook" as #2295 and is a very nice and unusual mid-19th century canning jar. It is embossed with PATENT / SEPT. 18, 1860 and is referred to as the "Hemingray jar" as Robert Hemingray - of Hemingray Brothers & Co. glass manufacturers (Covington, KY. 1862-1882) - was the holder of the patent for this jar mold and part owner of the company that produced it. The jar is just over 7" tall, a nice deeper blue aqua glass with some whittle and crudeness, has a ground surface or rim to the groove ring type finish (click lip/finish close-up to see such), smooth base, and dates from the 1860s. The Redbook (#9) notes that this lip/finish was formed by "...downward pressure on the blowpipe while (the jar) was still hot from the mold." Although some of the early groove ring type finishes were formed that way, according to the original patent description the Hemingray jar groove ring type lip/finish was actually mechanically formed by the moveable upper portions of this unique patented mold, not by the glass blower (i.e., "gaffer") pushing down with the blowpipe as described in the Redbook. Click R. Hemingray patent #30,063 to view the original 1860 patent. Condition of this jar is essentially perfectly mint - I can find nothing wrong with it beside the typical and very tiny grinding roughness to the rim of the lip (also essentially perfect); no chips, staining, wear, or anything detrimental. Great jar (ex-Greg Spurgeon item) and about as nice as these come. This jar was also acquired to illustrate the food bottles section of the Historic Bottle Website. SOLD!
GLOBE jars - Quart & Pint - Here is a nice pair of by the typically "gold" colored GLOBE canning jars that are being sold together for reasons noted below. (I wonder if that is where the Golden Globe awards came from?) Anyway, these jars have small cracks in areas just above the closure neck band. Specifically, the quart jar (number "70" on base) has an approximate 1+" crack its left side (looking straight at the jar) just above the closure band with some of it hidden by the band; click quart jar to see a close-up of this jar showing the short crack (pointed out) just above the metal neck band. The pint jar (number "23" on the base) has about a 1.5" crack near the top of the ground finish on the right side; click pint jar to see this jars issue with the crack pointed out. (I've had these jars for some years, kept in a room that has can get quite cool, and the cracks have not altered at all indicating they are quite stable.) The minor damage on both jars is away from the embossing side (both are on the side mold seam side) and does not show on display. Otherwise these are pretty nice jars with minimal flaking to the ground finishes and no other cracks, chips, or other damage; both lids are about perfect with just a fleabite or two on the inside lower surface and the closures have some variable rust and pitting, but are quite solid and in good shape. These are great looking jars that would be priced at around $250 for the pair (and were sold to me as "perfect" alas). Interestingly enough (to me anyway), the GLOBE on the pint is slightly larger than the embossing on the larger quart jar as can be seen in the image. Anyway, my loss is your gain as the pair is priced right. SOLD!
TRADE MARK / LIGHTNING - Here is a quart version of the above type jar but in a nice - and rarer- deep reddish amber coloration that still passes the light well. The color is compared against a yellow amber example (which is not for sale at this time) or you can compare it to the half gallon above which was taken with the same lighting and photo set-up. The color matching lid is embossed with LIGHTNING and PATD. 82 (there may be embossing in between but it is not visible); the base is embossed with PUTNAM / 840. The glass is unstained (never buried) but does have a few minor scratches and scuffs, has some light whittle to the lower half, a few bubbles here and there, and a nice overall look. The ground rim is in good shape with one very tiny pin-head grinding peck and a larger, though very shallow, flake which is an in-making one that was a function of the blowpipe cracking-off process and the grinding boy (pre-child labor laws) not grinding the rim down far enough to eradicate it completely; neither of these small flakes is related to post-production damage. Click rim and lid close-up to see such. The lid is perfect and the bail is in good mechanical shape with a combination of rusty surface and some original black paint. Nice jar in near mint condition and one that will compliment your color "run" of Lightning quarts. SOLD!
GLOBE half gallon canning jar - I believe that of the three main sizes of amber Globe canning jars, the pint is the scarcest and the quart the most common. This is the half gallon example which lies in between on the "rarity" scale. Although Globe jars come in an array of colors, the amber ones are most often seen in the golden yellow color of the two currently for sale here. Since it gives the Globe story here is a link to the write-up I have on these jars from my Historic Bottle Website:
One of the most common of the lever type jars - and the only one discussed here - were the cam lever and lid closured Globe canning jars since most other lever based closure jars are uncommon. One exception were the Safety Valve jars which utilized a very different looking (from the Globe) cam lever type closure patented in 1895 and experienced some longevity from patenting (mouth-blown) into the machine-made era until about 1930 (Toulouse 1969a; Creswick 1987).
It was not until the introduction of the Globe jar around 1886 that a popular lever (cam lever & lid) type jar caught on some with the canning public. This is not surprising given the competition from other designs, and in particular, the plethora of likely cheaper and (arguably) more simple and effective Mason closure jars. The Globe jar closure utilized a glass lid with a hemispherical seat that matched up to a rounded cam on the end of the short lever which was attached to a moveable metal bail. Swinging the bail over the center of lid, a user pressed down on the lever handle which applied pressure to the lid sealing it against a rubber gasket that sat on the ledge below the rim (see image below with the lid removed though with no gasket is in place). The patent for this closure was issued to Robert Hemingray on May 25th, 1886 for a "Fastener for Jar Tops." The patent date is embossed on the top of the Globe jar lids (image to the right). Click Patent #342,602 to view the Hemingray patent which illustrates and describes the Globe closure.
A large majority of Globe jars are mouth-blown in post-bottom molds (various mold numbers on the bases), have ground rims, and unlike most mouth-blown jars do exhibit evidence of mold air venting with a single bump on both the front and back shoulders of examples examined by the author. Machine-made (smooth rim) Globe jars are known to exist but are rare; fairly strong evidence indicating that Globe jars were not likely produced after the early to mid-1910s, although the actual end of production is unknown (Leybourne 2001). The jars were made by the Hemingray Glass Company of Covington, KY (and other locations); closure inventor Robert Hemingray being one of the Hemingray Brothers who owned the company and which was better known for producing the very familiar Hemingray insulators. Apparently they produced a lot of Globe jars given the frequent occurrence of mouth-blown examples of these jars today. The jars were made in an assortment of colors from colorless to various shades and intensities of green and amber to even black glass, though aqua and amber are by far the most commonly encountered colors (Leybourne 2001; empirical observations).
The base of this jar is embossed with a crude "4" in the center with an even cruder backwards "S" below it. The GLOBE is well embossed on the side, the color is close to yellow in the body with more of a golden yellow in the thicker glass parts above the metal neck collar and through the base. Condition of this jar itself is about mint with no chips, cracks or other issues besides some very faint wisps of content staining on a bit of the body inside. As the close-up image above shows the ground rim is as perfect as they get and the body has some scattered seed bubbles; the lid is also perfect with no edge chips at all. The bail is intact, fully functional and has the typical light coating of rust. Overall a nice light example! SOLD!
GLOBE quart canning jar - Here is the more commonly encountered amber quart size although this is a particularly nice, crude example of a jar that often lacks much crudeness in my experience. This example has very nice whittling throughout the body although it doesn't show too well in the image; also some nice bubbles here and there. In addition, the base and edge of the heel have several areas of crudeness where left over glass from the jar before adhered to this example creating a very crude effect to the portion of the base towards the embossing side. This is somewhat visible in the image to the right (click to enlarge) which are NOT cracks or damage. A close up of the base showing this unusual crudeness - which is rough to the touch but not damage - and the numbers embossed in the center ("77") is available by clicking here: base view. This also shows the "yellow-ness" of this jar a bit better, though in real life the color is between the base view "yellow" and the view to the right which is more golden yellow. The back shoulder of the jar also has a cluster of 7 "peen" marks (in two different sizes) where some repair was apparently done to the mold. All in all this jar is unique in many crude ways and again, unusual for a jar that is usually quite neatly made. Otherwise the jar is near mint with about as perfect of a ground rim as one sees; click the rim image above. The lid is also about perfect with just the slightest roughness to the lower edge which is all in making and can't really be seen - just felt. The bail is intact, fully functional and has the typical light coating of rust; the GLOBE embossing is pretty bold. If you like crude jars, this is the one for you. SOLD!
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