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BLACK GLASS Half Gallon MASONS PATENT 1858 Hemingray

  Lot # 214
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  • System ID # 986833
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Color:  BLACK

Closure: zinc cap

Appearance:  shiny glass with a subtle squiggle-marking effect in the surface

Condition:  manufacturer's edge chipping of the ground mouth all around

Embossing:  strong

Base: "7" embossed backwards

Age:  c.1877

Availability:  Made in 1877 by the Hemingray Glass Co of Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. In that year Adam Dickey of Middletown, Ohio obtained a patent for black glass to be used in preserving fruit under the premise of a method to prevent discoloration of the produce. See the Patent. The introduction of opaque black glass for canning jars was very short-lived and not successful in the market, as evidenced by the very few examples of these jars now in existence. A stunning jar to add to your colored Mason line-up.

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