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Dating antique glass

We travel to Europe on a regular basis searching for treasures for your home, restaurant, or bar.

With the vast number of identification marks, it is virtually impossible to recognize all of the different manufacturers of one specific category, such as English porcelain.

Many collectors that specialize in a specific type or era of antiques generally only recognize the most well known of the maker's marks, along with the marks of pieces they have a special interest in collecting.

The very first versions with this embossing are believed to date from approximately 1913, with production continuing to about 1960.

Hundreds of slight variations in shape, size, lettering font, glass color, base markings, etc., exist, and this particular type of jar presents a wide field of study for fruit jar collectors and glass historians.

Typically, they were made in half pint, pint, quart, and half-gallon sizes.

On some jars, the word “Ball” is underlined, on others, not.

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