Start Dating atlas canning jars

Dating atlas canning jars

They had come to my in-laws by way of an aunt who used to do a lot of canning. When I was going through them on Saturday in the garage, I think I let out a squeal when I saw these little beauties. I’ve been canning for awhile and I’ve never seen this shape of half-pints before. I have about a dozen of the round, straight shoulder Kerr “Economy” quart jars pictured on the left and another dozen of the squat Kerr pint-size wide-mouth jars on the right.

They make wonderful impromptu vases when you’ve come back with a bouquet of foraged wildflowers and need something pretty to put them in. French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with the development of the first canning jars.

The jars that I found have what is known as the “triple L”. This site, West Saint Paul Antiques, has wonderful information on dating fruit jars if you would like to find out more about an old jar you may have!

Here’s the section of their site that describes the ones I found.

(3-L jars c1896-1910)So, I’m pretty confident that these jars do date c1896 – 1910, which makes sense because one thing that drew me to them were the awesome bubbles and waves in the glass.