Pint GLOBE fruit jar in Amber

Fruit Jars

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A number of insulator manufacturers also produced other glassware, including fruit jars. Production of these jars may have been as early as the 1850's, and continued until 1900 or beyond.

For a great summary of the history of many of the insulator manufactures that also produced fruit jars, be sure to read Tom G. Moulton's report Kissin Cousins - A History of Insulator and Fruit Jar Manufacturers

Click on any small jar to see an enlarged photograph.

Early Brookfield fruit jar This is a very rare Brookfield fruit jar. It has a ground lip, glass top, and an iron yoke clamp with a thumbscrew. The jar is Red Book No. 8 number 519. The embossing on the jar includes "55 FULTON ST. N.Y." which was used by Brookfield from 1868 to 1882. This photograph shows the embossing more clearly.

Assortment of GLOBE fruit jars The Globe fruit jar closure was patented on May 25, 1886 by Robert Hemingray, and most Globe jars can be found in pint, quart, and half gallon sizes, in shades of light/ice aqua, and orange amber. These Globe jars are Red Book No. 8 number 1123. Here is a photograph of a nice collection of Globe jars. Also, the observant collector will notice the distinct "prism script" style embossing on the left lid, and the later "stamped" style embossing on the right lid in this photograph. Both of these styles of embossing can also be seen on H.G.CO. and early Hemingray embossed insulators!

Early 1860 patent Wax Sealer More than 25 years previous to the Globe patent, Robert Hemingray was granted a patent on September 18, 1860, for a "mold for glass jars". These early jars are known as "wax sealer" jars, because wax was used to seal the lid on the jar. You can see the lip in this photograph of one of these jars, as well as the embossed patent date. This jar is Red Book No. 8 number 2295.

ROYAL fruit jar with metal wire band Continuing in the development of improvements for fruit jars, Ralph Gray and Robert Hemingray were granted another patent on June 9, 1863 for an "Improvement in Caps for Fruit-Jars". This improvement consisted of an early form of a thread cap; the cap consisted of a sheet metal or zinc collar with a helical wire band rolled into the metal to form a thread to mate with a coarse screw-thread formed around the neck of the jar. Another feature of this patent was two projecting lugs, firmly soldered to the cap, to allow a plain bar of iron to be used as a wrench to screw down or remove the cap. Some of these jars have the patent date stamped on the metal collar, some are completely unmarked, and others, like the one in this photograph are embossed ROYAL on the jar. The wire band and lugs can be seen in this close-up photograph of the jar top. This jar is Red Book No. 8 number 2514.

Mason jar with HGCO monogram In addition, the Hemingray Glass Company produced a number of Mason jars, patented November 30th, 1858. The conventional "MASON'S PATENT NOV. 30TH 1858" appears on the front of these jars, but the H.G.CO. monogram is embossed on the reverse of the jar. One of the styles of the H.G.CO. monogram can been seen in this photograph of the reverse of a Mason's jar. This jar is Red Book No. 8 number 1851.

Additional information on fruit jars can be found in the The Red Book of Fruit Jars, No. 8 and The Fruit Jar Works.

Here is an excellent Primer on Fruit JarsLink to off-site page on the Bottles and Extra'sLink to off-site page site..

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Last updated Tuesday, February 2, 1999