Ball Vintage Mason Jar Giveaway
Welcome to the Fox Hollow Cottage Ball Mason Jar giveaway! Yep, I’m giving away a case of those pretty mason jars we all know and love. A brand new set of the limited edition Heritage Collection that was released by the Ball company to be exact. In that perfectly blissful shade of blue!
I ran across a big display one day and I recalled several of you on facebook saying you could not find them where you lived so I grabbed some for me, and some for you! Yay us.
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 were an estate sale find. Filled with shells and pretty rocks. I just gave it all a fresh washing when I got them home. I also found some WWII era newspapers at that sale. Treasures to be sure and rich rich with nostalgia!
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…
pop in some fresh flowers, no matter how casual, and they are simply delightful!
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.
I think I could resist the seal though. Pretty sure…
Yeah. I could.
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.
And while they don’t 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, they can be pretty fabulous too!
Thanks for stopping by and much luck!!!! XX