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March 2023 Auction - Closed (Closed #2664659)

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Extremely Rare BALL IMPROVED Fancy Logo QUART

  Lot # 146
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  • Lot # 146
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Size:  QUART


Closure:  zinc cap

Appearance:  shiny glass with a faint trace of content haze

Condition:  no damage (a tiny manufacturer's under-fill on the thread)

Embossing:  strong

Base:  "1"

Age:  c1888-1900

Availability: This stunning find is fresh to the market, having recently turned up in Ontario, Canada as part of a small lot containing some common American-made Ball jars. This is the singular known example to-date in undamaged condition. One badly cracked example was known previously.

Notes: Use of the term "IMPROVED" for this jar most likely referred to a better quality machine-made consistency of glass and perhaps also to the smooth lip finish. This jar was probably one of the earliest attempts by the Ball Bros at using a semi-automatic glass-blowing machine to make a fruit jar. Most likely the jar was manufactured at the Ball Bros' plant in Muncie, Indiana. Because it clearly appears to be a pre-1900 jar, which is well prior to the time when Ball had begun aggressively acquiring other operations across the country. The logo style, with all of it's late-Victorian flourish, matches closely with early advertising material distributed by the Ball Bros, commencing at the time they first began manufacturing fruit jars at Buffalo NY (see picture). As Ball began experimenting in the 1890's with semi-automatic glass-blowing machines, this early jar was created, possibly on a trial run basis that was very short-lived. Interestingly, the other known example (badly cracked) had a different base which was pushed in at the center, and displayed a different mold number (21). Further indicating that the Ball Bros were doing experimentation with different machines and processes. An extreme rarity and the only Ball jar known whose logo closely matches the Company name logo style used in the earliest days of the Ball Bros.

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