I love old jars, and I am so happy that Georgia gave me these three Ball Ideal bail wire jars before I had to hit her over the head and steal them. I put dried orange slices in the quart jar, just because I thought it looked pretty, and set all three of them in the window over my kitchen sink where I can gaze upon them lovingly throughout the day.
From what I can find, Ball starting making the Ideal jars in 1915, though my jars can’t be any older than 1933 based on a chart I found online showing the progression through the years of the Ball inscription. The style of lettering in the Ball name on my jars was used between 1933 and 1960.
The chart with the varying Ball inscriptions over the years is neat to look at and compare to your own jars. I never noticed the subtle differences in the lettering style until I studied the chart. Then I had to run around and look at the lettering on all my old jars. You can find the chart here. (Scroll down–it’s near the bottom of the page.)
When you get back from running around to compare the lettering on all your old jars to the chart, we have a BBB! Last BBB of 2010!
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