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I've collected quite a few mason jars over time but I've never (until now) owned any jars quite like these. ' But after further inspection, I noticed he had TONS of jars, like boxes of them. Now, I've seen a few of these Crown jars at antique shops but never purchased one since they usually go for a higher price point. And these are the real thing; I just love the crown design on the front. I was on the hunt for 50-60 pint size jars for my centrepieces and other fun wedding stuff. Well, I really lucked out because the previous owner had an entire lot that was used for his wedding and he was dying to get rid of them. I was able to get pint and quart size jars, some clear glass and some aqua colour. If you are using the ones your grandmother left you, that jar of spiced peaches might be worth more than you think.Collecting canning jars got its start in the 1960s with a renewed interest in canning and other domestic arts.If you've been following me for awhile now, you know I have some hoarder tendencies.I just love old things, especially items that have a history or a great story behind it. via Style Me Pretty photo by Jessica Watson Photography 6.I'm pretty sure they are dates, because I've never seen a Crown Jar with a number that could not be its real date. These all have the right lids, including the Corona.The jar at the top left does NOT look that green in person. If you need pictures of a certain date/number, I can probably identify it by the lid.
I suspect the numbers are just mold ID's or possible patent dates. Most Crowns are not worth the cost of shipping but if you have a midget or odd color it may be an exception.
I came across an ad on Craigslist with the subject line: and a photo with a set of 8. After some digging online, I discovered that Crown canning jars were made between 1880-1965.
The ones with air bubbles (which mine all have) are likely to be handmade and pre-1920's.
While canning jars have been around for a long time, it wasn't until 1858 that the screw-on lid was created.
Prior to that time, flat tin lids were attached to the jars with wax rings.