Ball Vintage Mason Jar American Heritage Collection Giveaway
Welcome to a Fox Hollow Cottage giveaway!
In celebration of the Fox Hollow Cottage facebook page reaching 30, ooo foxy friends… I’m giving away a case of brand new, limited edition American Heritage Collection mason jars that were released by the Ball company. In a perfectly blissful shade of blue!
I’ve been decorating with and simply enjoying the beauty of the real-deal vintage Ball mason jars for years and years. I’ve picked them up at antique malls, tag and estate sales.
These played utensil service holders at Easter one year.
I love, love, love to drink from straws and this big daddy quart sized Qt keeps them handy for me!
They just fit in everywhere so effortlessly.
I’m so glad they decided to release this affordable, easy to find version of the old classic.
Because… I think pinterest might be to blame for making them harder to find!
You know, it’s not every girl who can stumble upon a cache like this!!!!
Can you imagine? This Ball jar junkie would go crazy (and my hubby would have ta kill me)! I mean, after all… technically, I could fit all those in my car.
DID YOU KNOW?
The term ‘mason jar’ is, in fact, ageneric trademark—à la Xerox, Kleenex, Jell-O et al (fun fact: phillips, as in the screw head, and zipper are also in the mix)—named after John Landis Mason’s clever 1858 patent, No. 22,186, for a zinc screw-top lid. The tinsmith’s innovation was to create a seal inside the lid, as opposed to attempting to make a lid that was flush with the jar: glassmaking techniques of that era allowed for rough threading, but the tolerance wasn’t nearly accurate enough to create the airtight seal needed to preserve perishables. By grinding the lip of the glass until it was nearly flat (known as a ‘square shoulder’) and inserting a simple rubber gasket inside the lid, Mason achieved a sufficiently airtight seal, and his namesake was born.1
Introduced in 1913 in Muncie, IN, the name “Perfect Mason” acknowledged the first-ever self-manufacture of each part of the Ball jar—ensuring a perfect fit and revolutionizing the home canning process by providing canners with matching jars, lids and bands in a single unit. The Ball Heritage Collection Pint Jars feature a vintage-inspired blue tint, period-correct logo and anniversary embossment.
Colored jars were considered better for canning use, as they block some light from reaching the food, which helps to retain flavor and nutritional value longer. More rarely, jars will turn up in amber, and occasionally in darker shades of green. Rarer still are cobalt blues, blacks, and milk glass jars. Some unscrupulous dealers will irradiate jars to bring out colors not original to the jar.
How interesting! Love learning tidbits. I’ve seen amber before, and even the green, but never a cobalt, black or milk glass. I’ll be keeping my eyes open, to at least snap a picture to share if I run across those colors.
I was so lucky to recently have eagle eye Jim at the wheel when we passed a yard sale on the highway. I was looking out over the water and he spotted a cache of vintage Ball jars on the other side of the road. To say I cleaned up would be an understatement!!!! Some of them are so old, the “Ball” is hand written into the glass.
They are treasures – I am just crazy for them!!
… and while they might not have the same timeworn flavor of the true vintage version, I think with the addition of some flowers, or putting our own personal touch on them, these new ones can be pretty fabulous too!
I added lots of ways that you can enter to win. Pick your favorite or all of them.
FIY – the “tweet about it” option lets you enter once every day!
This isn’t a sponsored giveaway, just my way of saying thanks for hanging out with me.
With the Fox Hollow Cottage facebook page reaching 30, 000 foxy friends, I just had to let you know how much it means to me that you stop by, visit and share on our page!! I know I say this often, but seriously, it would not be the same without you!!
Thanks for stopping by and much luck!!!! XX