Fruit jar for home canning

The Ball jar is emblematic of American home-canning history. This quart-sized, molded, "Ball blue" glass jar was manufactured by the Ball Brothers Company of Muncie, Indiana. It has a glass lid with a wire bail closure. The phrase "PAT'D July 14, 1908" is stamped on the jar, indicating the patent date for the particular fastening location of the jar's wire locking lever. The "Ideal" design was discontinued in 1962. The Ball brothers began manufacturing fruit jars in 1884; in 1993, Ball Corporation sold its home canning business to Alltrista (now Jarden) Corporation.
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Object Name
jar, fruit
Ball Brothers
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
wire (overall material)
place made
United States: Indiana, Muncie
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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