Originally canning jars in the early 1850's used a flat tin lid which was held in place by sealing wax. The clamp glass lid jars were invented in 1882 and it is these which we are today most familiar with.
Mason jars were quickly overtaken on the market by The Ball Company and other well known producers of canning jars include Atlas, Kerr and Root Fruit.
In Australia the most popular canning system was Fowler.
Clear glass is the most common colour available. Other colours the jars were produced in was green, amber, aqua blue and a deep green. Very rare colours of cobalt blue, black and milk glass are very sought after and demand very high prices.
We have obtained from the USA a selection of jars from the Ball Company and Atlas Company. These original canning jars are not easily found in Australia and are now listed on our website.
Mason jars can be used very creatively for a multitude of uses, not just to create a vintage pantry feel in your kitchen. They look great with flower cuttings as a tablescape for a special dinner. Used in the bathroom to store your pretty bathroom accessories. Brides seek them out to create a romantic feel for their vintage styled weddings. Also used as a drinking glass for a cool summer punch or to serve a fruity desert. Place tea lights in them to create a soft atmosphere or string them together and hang from a tree for your outdoor party. Their use is only limited by your imagination and creativity.