Sunday, May 23, 2010

Crown Mason Jars

Mason jars, especially the old blue tinted ones with zinc lids, always make me wonder what they used to store.
I found these three at a garage sale a few weeks ago, dusty and forgotten in the bottom of an old box. 
I was happy to get this trio of Crown jars for $1 each and brought them home for a gentle wash. I love the age, the blue tint, the bubbles and waves in the glass, and the glass and zinc lids.
When I look at them though, I always wonder what they used to store. Was it someone's prize winning preserves, or a young girl's first attempt at storing the summer harvest? How many seasons had this one jar been used before it ended up in that old box, covered in dust and sitting neglected in the basement.
I'm glad I found them and brought them home. They will soon join my collection on this shelf. I won't use these retired beauties for my homemade strawberry jam.  But I will enjoy my view of them when the sun shines through the skylight over our kitchen table. And I may spend a few moments wondering what kitchen they came from and what they held.
Linking to Nester's Summerize Your Nest: Collections linky party. Stop by to see lots of great collections.

10 comments:

  1. Those old blue jars were used for canning. The seals were made of rubber. A rubber ring inside the lid would cause the jar to sea. When I was a kiddo I saw everything from green beans and pickled peaches to buttons in similar jars.

    You have quite a collection

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  2. I have a few old blue jars with zinc lids and I store pasta in them on a shelf in my kitchen. Most belonged to my grandmother and great grandmother. The light shining on them is nice.

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  3. I have a couple old mason jars with lids too. Even though they are such a utilitarian item, I think they are so pretty! The pretty colors and the zinc lids are simply charming.

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  4. Those are so cool. I hate to admit it, but I'm not sure I've even seen these in person.

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  5. I love to wonder about the history of things like that too...

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  6. I love those! and a steal for $1 each - great additions to your collection :)

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  7. Beautiful! You're right the blue tint along with the wavy glass is really lovely.

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  8. Gorgeous, love the tint of the glass! Reminds me of my grandparents canning days :)
    Have a wonderful day!
    Kristin

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  9. I love those! I have seen similar ones in junk/antique stores for $8 - $15.!! You got a steal!
    -Trish

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  10. Wow, love those and did you ever get a bargain!! They have great charm!

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