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Mason jar

Object Number: 
2017.22.2
Date: 
1923-1933
Medium: 
Molded glass, wax or plastic, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 in. × 3 7/8 in. (17.8 × 9.8 cm)
Marks: 
“Ball Perfect Mason” embossed on jar front; “1” embossed on bottom
Inscriptions: 
Description: 

Canning or food storage jar.

Gallery Label: 

“Mason Jars” are a generic term for utilitarian glass food storage jars. Philadelphia tinsmith John Landis Mason patented one of the first threaded jars or bottles with a screw-type lid in 1858. Thereafter, numerous variations of durable glass food storage jars were produced by glass manufacturers across the United States, and referred to as “Mason” jars.

Bibliography: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of Jim Picinich
Provenance: 
Place Made: 
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group