Vintage Blue Ball Jars (Each)

R150.00R250.00

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Vintage Blue Ball Jars (Each)

R150.00R250.00

Ever wondered why Ball stopped producing their fabulous blue glass jars? I have, so I went hunting for the answer! It seems that the colour is the result of Ball having mined sand from what was once a famous Indiana landmark, Hoosier Slide – a huge sand dune bordering Lake Michigan. When the town was developed, the trees were felled, and with sand blowing into town businessmen became aware of the opportunity to mine the dune. From around 1890 until 1920 thirteen-and-a-half million tons of sand were shipped from Hoosier Slide, until the great dune was eventually leveled. According to some sites though, Ball continued to produce their blue jars all the way through to 1937, so perhaps they had a stockpile of sand from Hoosier Slide, or maybe there’s just confusion over the dates. Regardless, what it meant was that the glass factory needed to find a new source of sand, sadly putting an end to the famous blue Ball jars! Going on the logo on today’s jars, we can put a date on them of sometime between 1910 and 1923, which makes sense in terms of the history of the blue glass. Because of their age there’s some wear to both the lids and the glass itself, but no serious damage, and if you consider that these beautiful blue Ball jars are nearly – or possibly already! – a hundred years old, I think they’re actually in remarkably good nick!

Dimensions: Large Ball jar – 24cm tall x 11cm in diameter; Small Ball jar – 10cm tall x 9.5cm in diameter

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