I was gifted recently with two boxes of the new Ball Heritage Collection blue pint jars. These jars are available at various online retailers and regular stores. (I think mine came from Walmart.) They are replicas celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first true “Perfect Mason” jars.
What is really cool is that they are just the first in more vintage-inspired jars that will be coming out. I would love to see some in quart size, and also other period colors that are truly hard to find in the original–gold and green.
I’m not sure how long they’ll be selling the blue pints, so get ‘em while you can. (And no, that is not an affiliate link above, not trying to make any money here.) I’ll definitely be looking to see what they put out next and crossing my fingers for some green or gold pints. Meanwhile, I had a hard time deciding what to put inside my new blue pints.
I could, you know, can in them, but I don’t think so. Pint jars can be used for all sorts of things, and colored jars are especially suited for decorative purposes. Though, to be honest, I really prefer the true vintage jars for display since I do have some genuine antique blue pints (and quarts).
But these are so pretty, and I want to use them. So I eventually decided that they would be perfect for drinks. Nothing like sweet tea over ice in a pint jar. Or it could also hold a truly relaxing quantity of wine. (Ha.)
Here is a genuine vintage blue Mason pint compared to a reproduction jar.
Zinc lid notwithstanding, nobody’s going to fake which is the original and which is the reproduction. The evidence is wisely embossed right on the jar.
Since these jars are being released in limited editions, they might gain value over time, but if you’re a canning jar addict like I am, you’d never sell them anyway!
You just have to possess them.