The number has nothing to do with when the jar was made.
Two Online Resources Now you know that you can determine an approximate age from the logo and that the big number on the bottom won’t help—even a “13,” but that’s a story for another day.
All are quart size, clear glass, with glass lids and screw-on tops.
I broke two of the largest ones I had two years ago and actually gave some away before I realized they were something I wanted to collect.
It amazes me to think that this glass is over 100 years old and was used for canning during WWI. Can you see the difference in how Ball is embossed on the glass (see the last L)?
For sale a 1936, a 1942 & a 1944 Crown Jars in mint condition. Complete with glass lids and rims with the exception of the 1942 jar, which has no lid.
The earliest logo was the intertwined BBGMC—Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company—used on jars made in Buffalo, New York.
To get a little more help in determining the age of your jar, visit the Minnetrista Heritage Collection and do a keyword search on “Ball jar.” Match your jar to one of those listed and check the dates.
You can also go to the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club website, click on “When was my Ball jar made? Join the Club While you’re there, check out the entire Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club web site. If you’re interested and close by, attend one of the club’s meetings, which meets regularly at Minnetrista. You’ll meet enthusiastic and knowledgeable jar collectors, including club president Dick Cole.
Rejoice if you find one of those; Buffalo jars are pretty rare.
They were first made in Buffalo in 1884 and for several years after. They identify the position that the mold in which the jar was made held on the glassmaking machine.