They canned everything from mint jelly to beans to peaches in syrup.
As a very necessary tool in the kitchen, the canning jar helped many families make use of harvests well into winter.
While some food preservation is still done in pottery crocks, glass jars largely replaced stoneware starting in the late 1800s.
The Mason jar was patented by Landis Mason in 1858 and Ball started producing these jars in 1885.
Rejoice if you find one of those; Buffalo jars are pretty rare.
They were first made in Buffalo in 1884 and for several years after. They identify the position that the mold in which the jar was made held on the glassmaking machine.
The logo is the best way to date the jars because the Ball logo changed throughout the years.
Click here for a handy chart that gives dates for the different logos used.Note that the numbers on the bottom refer to mold numbers and not to model numbers.Ball jars are an excellent area to collect in because they are abundant and can be found at many locations and for often-low price points.The number has nothing to do with when the jar was made.Two Online Resources Now you know that you can determine an approximate age from the logo and that the big number on the bottom won’t help—even a “13,” but that’s a story for another day.Plants were located at Wheeling, WV; Washington, PA; Clarksburg, WV; Zanesville, OH; Grafton, WV; Ada, OK; Pomona, CA; Blackwell, OK; Lancaster, NY; Oakland, CA; Montgomery, AL; and Plainfield, IL. This chart is probably from a trade publication of the 1950s: Chart of Hazel-Atlas base codes on containers, courtesy of