Antique Ball Corporation Jars
Antique Ball Corporation Jars are glass storage jars produced by the Ball Corporation, an American producer of food and beverage containers and related products.
History & Description
The company was established in 1880 in Muncie, Indiana, by Frank C. and Edmund B. Ball and is famous for producing glass canning jars. The Ball Corporation discontinued producing canning products in 1933 but the company still produces aluminium aerosol containers and metal food and beverage containers. In the 1950s, the company also began producing products for the aerospace industry.
For over ninety years the Ball Corporation remained family owned and in 1998 the company moved its headquarters to Broomfield, Colorado. At present Ball Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of recyclable beverage containers. While the company no longer produces their renowned glass jars, these products are still produced at the company’s old factory in Muncie by Jarden Home Brands.
Guide for collectors
Ball Corporation was the most successful canning jar company in the United States in the late-nineteenth and twentieth century and their products are highly collectible for antique glass jar enthusiasts.
Antique Ball Corporation jars are quite common and as a result are fairly inexpensive. According to Av.qnet.com, most varieties of glass jars do not sell for more than $5. However, there are some jars that can be worth more and this depends on the embossing of the glass and if they were made in unusually bright colours.
As a general rule, amber coloured glass is more valuable than clear or aqua glass. Furthermore, collectors should look for embossing script styles, patent dates and closure types to find the most desirable examples of antique jars. Arguably the most collectible Ball jars are the “Buffalo” jars that were made prior to 1886.
There are a number of websites that focus on antique jars and a handful of organisations and societies for antique glass jar collectors. For example, jars can be purchased at the followings sites; Pickyourown.org and Hoosierjar.com. Additionally, Collectorsweekly.com, Jarsforcanning.com and Balljars.com are three good sources for collectors who wish to obtain more information regarding individual styles and how to identify antique glass jars.
Antique Ball Corporation glass jars are not usually sold at international auction houses. Instead, collectors are more likely to find examples from either the previously mentioned websites or online bidding sites, such as eBay. Prices tend to range from as little as $2 to around $20. However, examples have sold $100 in the past (see below).
Notable auction sales
On February 6th 2012, a deep plum amethyst ½ pint Ball Corporation jar was sold on eBay for $100.
On February 6th 2012, eleven blue-green Ball Corporation jars sold on eBay for $20.
On February 6th 2012, a vintage blue Ball Corporation glass jar with a zinc screw lid sold on eBay for $6.
On February 6th 2012, twelve blue-green Ball Corporation pint jars sold on eBay for $50.
On February 6th 2012, four Ball Corporation pint glass jars with drinking handles sold on eBay for $19.99.
On February 6th 2012, a pair of Ball Corporation salt and pepper shakers was sold on eBay for $26.