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It has no indication on the box as to who made the jars. Ball was the son of one of the five Ball brothers that founded the famous fruit jar company.

I’m the current contact for information about historical Ball jars on the Ball Corporation web site.

Instead, I mean how do you tell how old your Ball jar is?

The standard thinking was that Ball dropped the Automatic Sealer line of jars after they acquired Schram, but continued to use the Drey molds at the old Schram plants over the next few years until they wore out.

A few Drey molds were even known to have been modified, the "Drey" being changed to read "Ball." The Ball Square Mason jars are one example.

But not all can be found with a full-wire bail closure, a patented circular dimpled boss, and both shoulder seal and bead seal mason closures.

The embossing variations include Drey Ever Seal, Drey Improved Ever Seal, Drey for many years.Ball bought the rights to the grippers from Brockway in 1933, eight years after acquiring Schram. of December 1991: "Ball Muncie Production journals show that Ball produced various styles of Drey jars as late as 1938 - thirteen years after they had bought Schram....It is unknown why Ball continued to make competitor jars long after having acquiring them." the discovery a cardboard box labeled Drey Perfect Mason.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.But, you say, how can the date 1884 be correct, since you have a jar embossed with a patent date of 1858. Most machines would have from eight to ten molds, all making the same type of jar.Luckily, there are some tips and tricks you can use to determine an approximate age for your jar.

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