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    Question Period Correct Glass Jars

    What type of glass jar was used for food storage etc during the Civil War? Was the Mason jar developed yet?

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    Yes the Mason Jar was developed, it was patented in 1858. Try google it turned up a lot of sites for the information you seek.
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    http://www.njsekela.com/OSCommerce/c...tqv6gtaoid3pr3 All researched, period correct food jars and other glassware, and as far as the Mason jars, they were commercially available, but slightly different than what was available post war and today. NJS offers three sizes based on originals
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    And with all period items, they had there place and time that may require a outlet application research before you use them. Remember in a lot of places that stoneware crocks were still in use by households as one example.
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    "Mason Jars," yes. Screw on lids, no.
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    John Mason patented the one peice Zinc screw on lid, Nov. 30, 1858. The two peice screw on ring with rubber lipped lid is not correct, that is true. But if you have either original or one of NJS repro's with zinc screw on lid, you would be period accurate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lincolnsguard View Post
    "Mason Jars," yes. Screw on lids, no.
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    This closure/finish was used on the ubiquitous Mason's Patent Nov. 30, 1858 jars as well as many other types of similar jars. John L. Mason's original patents did not cover the cap itself since screw caps (and threaded finishes) were not a new invention, dating back to at least 1810 (Toulouse 1969a). Instead, the patent covered the improved continuous screw threads on the jars which gradually vanished towards both the top (rim) and the bottom (shoulder) of the finish- allowing for a tightening seal - and the relatively flat shoulder sealing surface. Click Patent #22,129 to see the November 23rd, 1858 patent for the details of the mold and "vanishing thread


    http://www.sha.org/bottle/food.htm#Canning jar dating notes

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    I believe I found information that the clamp down lids were definitely post war, but cannot figure out where I found that or find any links or notes to same amongst my stuff. Can someone confirm or deny? Also would that apply to all those root beer bottles as well?
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    Joe, I dont have the source in front if me. I think it's in Google patents though, but you are correct. I am pretty sure it's post war by at least a few years. I know they are close but...
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    Joe & Pete,

    There was information on the wire clamped jars in the site that Pete posted:

    http://www.sha.org/bottle/food.htm#Canning

    From what I read, it looks like the patents were just after the War.
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