In 1880, the five Ball brothers used a $200 loan from their uncle to start a business manufacturing tin cans for products such as paint and kerosene. Then, in 1884, the brothers switched to glass home-canning jars and created the household name that we still know and love today. 🥰
Ball jars are classic vintage pieces that add so much class to every room! ✨ Not only are they beautiful as décor, but they are genuine pieces of history that bring so much life to a home. Each is unique in its own way!
To answer that, compare the logo of your jar to those on this chart: (from Minnetrista Gathering Place)
You can also use other identifying marks to help date your jar! Phrases such as “IMPROVED,” “PERFECT,” and “IDEAL,” give further clues to find the approximate year that your Ball jar was made.
Some helpful notes to keep in mind:
- Not every jar has their manufacture date on the glass, but most have the patent date. However, this date has no relation to the year your jar was made.
- There will be a large number on the bottom of your jar. This is the mold number, and unfortunately also has no relation to the manufacture date.
- These charts tell you the approximate decade in which your Ball jar was made.
- EVERY Ball jar is special, and no matter what decade yours was manufactured, it’ll still look beautiful in your home! 😍😍