Some of these colors might be known under other/different names depending on who is describing them!There are various shades and tints of these colors out there.
Thus, if a random sampling of these jars are studied, (for instance, just looking at a selection of only those marked with a number “2” on the bottom) , it may be seen that the numbers typically appears slightly different, in fact “unique” in it’s exact formation, from one jar to the next.
It may take a while before exact duplicates are found – that is, finding two jars that were made from one individual, specific mold.
If you have the opportunity, try attending an antique fruit jar and/or bottle show, where some of these unusually colored jars may show up.
A number of “error jars” are found among the Ball Perfect Mason’s, including examples found with the embossing missing a letter (or letters), or with a word misspelled, such as “PERFFCT”, “PEPRECT” or “PEREFCT”.
Rumors have circulated for years (and have especially been promoted on auction sites and by flea market and antique mall dealers) that superstitious distillers of illegal whiskey (“moonshiners”) who often use fruit jars to contain their product, were hesitant to use jars marked with a 13 on the bottom.
According to the stories, they threw them away, or intentionally broke them, fearing their enterprise could otherwise be met with bad luck.
(IMPORTANT NOTE: please see the paragraphs with info farther down on this page describing modern reproductions of this jar, including the “AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION” introduced in 2013, and the new “Collectors Edition” BALL PERFECT MASON jars being sold as of 2019).
They are commonly seen for sale on the secondary market at antique malls, farm auctions, flea markets, yard sales, and on online auction sites.
There are no doubt very minor variants/errors that are not currently listed in that guide.