Thick Canning Jar with Embossed Fruit & Hinged Lid - Help?

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Hi!

I bought an old canning jar at a thrift store today. It doesn't seem to have any marks and I am not very familiar with canning jars. I'm a newbie at glass in general. It's very thick with aqua tinted glass and is heavily embossed with various fruit. It has a hinged lid and a (now) white rubber seal that is now very gummy and brittle. It has seams, but they are kind of offset... the seam location changes once it's past the part where the clamp ring is. I'm thinking maybe the pieces were made separately and fused together? The glass is rather wavy and uneven and contains bubbles. The bottom has a circle that normally I'd think of as a polished pontil mark. It is heavy and weighs 1lb 12.5 oz.

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Any info is much appreciated! Thank you!
 

Hi!

I bought an old canning jar at a thrift store today. It doesn't seem to have any marks and I am not very familiar with canning jars. I'm a newbie at glass in general. It's very thick with aqua tinted glass and is heavily embossed with various fruit. It has a hinged lid and a (now) white rubber seal that is now very gummy and brittle. It has seams, but they are kind of offset... the seam location changes once it's past the part where the clamp ring is. I'm thinking maybe the pieces were made separately and fused together? The glass is rather wavy and uneven and contains bubbles. The bottom has a circle that normally I'd think of as a polished pontil mark. It is heavy and weighs 1lb 12.5 oz.

Any info is much appreciated! Thank you!

That jar is almost certainly French . . . from the mid-20th century. It is fancier than most LaLorraine, Solidex, etc. jars, and I suspect it was intended for giving a gift of preserves.
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Thank you for the info! I appreciate it. Funny, my mother's name is Lorraine and I was thinking of her a lot today. Thanks. :)
 

Now that you mentioned that, I just found a few of these for sale on Etsy. Mystery solved (sort of). Thanks again.
 

I was gonna say it's from the 1980-90's but Harry knows alot more than I do....
 

I was gonna say it's from the 1980-90's but Harry knows alot more than I do....

Nawww . . . could be late 20th century. I guessed mid-1900s out of a lack of familiarity with the jar. Anything useful on the Etsy listing, 'Motherjunker'?

Gifting homemade preserves is an old tradition. Do people still do that?
 

Not trying to be a spoil sport but is there any kind of makers mark on the bottom of the jar where the circle is? That type of jar is available even now for a few bucks at big box stores,walmart,dg,etc
 

Nawww . . . could be late 20th century. I guessed mid-1900s out of a lack of familiarity with the jar. Anything useful on the Etsy listing, 'Motherjunker'?

Gifting homemade preserves is an old tradition. Do people still do that?

It's not a very old jar, and yes, I give homemade preserves as gifts.
 

It's not a very old jar, and yes, I give homemade preserves as gifts.

I agree. As "old" goes, this is not a very old jar.

Here is the common construction pattern of French jars (the reason I think this one is a French jar).
eBay | Bocal de cuisine ancien SOLIDEX 1 L, en verre vert

(Scroll all the way down for multiple good images of this jar.)

There are a number of brands of these jars, all quite similar. l'Ideal, Durfor, Solidex, laLorraine, etc. The one in the link is credited by the seller to date to 1940-60. The vast majority of these utility jars are in some shade of green glass.

I didn't find one with the embossed fruit, but one or several could appear overnight. OR . . . maybe it was an export item which never circulated in France -- after all, there would be less novelty appeal to the French who are familiar with the wired lids.

I collect some French jars, but older ones than these with the wired lids. I happen to have the LaLorraine example because it is a souvenir of my first visit to France many years ago.
 

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