Mason jars were invented in the 1850’s by John L. Mason. They are also known as Ball jars, after Ball Corp., which was an early and popular manufacturer of the jars.
Are you sitting down because you are not going to believe this next fact? Of course you’re sitting down! You’re at the computer! Antique mason jars are sought by collectors. Most jars sell for only a few dollars, but some have sold for as high as $30,000! Now that surprised me. The value of the jars is based on its age, rarity, and condition.
I don’t know why, maybe because I am a true country girl at heart, but I love the look, feel and meaning of Mason jars. There is a feeling of home associated with the jar that is made of thick glass, a metal lid with rubberized edges and the raised words across the front.
I remember all the beautiful food in Mason jars lining the pantry shelves at my great grandmother’s house and in orderly rows in my grandmother’s kitchen cabinets. Every day there was delicious, freshly canned fruits and vegetables. The “food sharing” always evokes the feeling of family, safety and comfort.
I have a rather strange decorating style (Isn’t that surprising?) which I call modern country elegance. With each passing year, my style is evolving into a more simplistic, relaxed style. I’m tired of a million knickknacks or in other words, ornamental dust collecting trinkets. While surfing the internet, which is the only surfing I can do, I started looking at Mason jars. I never knew that so many things could be done with them! I think Mason jars are going to be my new, old “thing.”