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 The Progression of a Ball Jar  - 1885 to Present
 Series Type Date
 
 PORCELAIN BBGMCo LINED h.m. s.s. g.l. 1885 - 1886
 BALL M.P.N.30TH 1858 - h.m. s.s. g.l. 1886 - 1896
 Balll IMPROVED MASON - s.s. (3 L loop) * 1896 - 1900
 Balll MASON s.s. (3 L loop) 1900 - 1910
 Ball MASON s.s. (2 L loop) 1907 - 1910
 Ball MASON   Bead Seal ** 1909 - 1914
 BALL PERFECT MASON BLOCK lettering 1910 - 1914
 Ball PERFECT MASON Offset embossing 1913 - 1915
 Ball PERFECT MASON Centered embossing 1915 - 1923
 Ball PERFECT MASON No underscore 1923 - 1933
 Ball PERFECT MASON Underscored 1933 - 1940
 Ball PERFECT MASON Rounded square shape 1940 - 1960
 Ball MASON Six grippers 1961 - 1970
 Ball MASON Sculptured fruit 1970 - present

- Series includes many variants h.m. - hand made *  Start of machine made jars
s.s. - shoulder seal ** Start of bead seal finish
Last series w/ascender on a g.l. - ground lip
Reworked BOYD mold
Series comes in both round & square All dates are approximate and examples do exist that overlap.
Series comes w/wo grippers
This chart only deals with the progression of shoulder seal to bead seal modern jars.
Source: The Standard Fruit Jar Reference. Acorn Press, Paris, Ill., 1984 - Author: Dick Roller

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