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We have a few crown canning jars that were passed down from our parents. most dated on the bottom between 1930 to 1958.
all are in new condition with glass and metal lids in tact. (my wife uses them every year) all have the crown and Made in Canada on them. I also have one that is quite unique, it does not say made in Canada or has a year stamped on the bottom but has the crown emblem and the word “Crown” on it. It is green in colour with air pockets (bubbles) in the glass. Can you tell me what this Mason type jar is and it’s approx. date and origin.
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I have the same type of jars with approx. the same dates and also have ones that are green with bubbles and no date. Anyone have information on this?
I believe the crown jars with no date on the bottom are pre 1930’s! I don’t know the value of these jars but would be interested to find out?
I collect fruit jars, and started out with Crown jars. What you are looking for in a Crown jar if you want some value, are unique colours, such as olive green, amber, or amethyst. Crown jars in colours like this tend to fetch a nice amount of money.
Another thing to look for is the lip of the jar. A ground lip indicates quite an old jar, as they were hand blown and then had the tops broken off and ground smooth. A ground lip is perfectly flat with a roughness to the touch. “Newer” (I use that loosely because they can still be quite old) Crown jars will have a “machined” lip, which is sort of rounded and very smooth.
The design of the Crown is something to look at as well. There are “Sweetheart”, “Buldge”, “Flame”, “Blend”, and many more! Sometimes these designs will affect the value.
Unfortunately the dated 30’s, 40’s, etc. clear Crown jars aren’t worth much at all – Maybe a $1 a piece, but they are beautiful to display and I have even seen them popping up in home decorating magazines lately! I have many of these myself, they were part of my learning curve.
I would suggest a trip to your local library and search “Fruit Jar” or something similar. There are several price guides for fruit jars, such as “Collectors Guide to Old Fruit Jars, Red Book #10” by Douglas Leybourne which will list prices as of 2008 with lots of illustrations. I found a book called “The Canadian Fruit Jar Report” by John C. Barclay at my local library. It’s from 1977 but it has been a great resource for me!
Be careful though, as this hobby is addictive. I started out with about 12 Crown pint jars that I found at an abandoned house. I later learned they were worth about $1 each, but it started me on this collection. Now I spend way too much time at antique stores, abandoned places, and eBay hunting for my next jar “fix!”
I would also recommend checking out eBay. I look under
“Listed in category: Collectibles > Bottles & Insulators > Bottles > Antique (Pre-1900) > Jars” You will find lots of lovely jars and prices here.
Hope this helps a little. Get to the library, check eBay, and get helplessly addicted. :-)
Could you please tell me what type of lid gos with the Mid West preserving jar.
I just picked up 4 canning jars from an antique store today, but can find nothing about them online. 3 Are quart sized, with zinc rings And glass tops (with rubber seals, still). 2 Are marked “Improved Gem Made in Canada” and one is marked “Improved ‘Gem’ Trade Mark Rec’d”, and is a little differently shaped from the first two. The last jar is smaller, with zinc ring and glass lid (no rubber) It is marked “Jewel Jar Made in Canada”. All 4 are clear glass.I know that they probably aren’t that old (And I paid almost nothing for them) but I was wondering if anyone knew anything about them.
A few years back I was given a bunch of Crown canning jars from a family member. They have sat in my basement cold cellar for the last few years, but I lugged them out today, while I was making jam. I looked through them all and found that the majority are from 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. I do however have a few that are the light blue (aqua I think) colour and one that is rather interesting because it is so different from the rest. It’s a very light charcoal colour with no date stamp on the bottom. It has the crown emblem with the code B3 underneath and the word Crown underneath that. There is an indentation on the left hand side of the jar along the seem. I believe I have the glass lid for it as well because it has a slight charcoal colour and has a rough emblem design and the glass itself is more of a bumpy texture.
I tried to find a book at my local library and searched online, but can’t find any additional information about this. I was wondering if the jar is charcoal, or perhaps it is actually a purplish colour and due to a lack of manganses dioxide. It’s quite a pretty jar with just a hint of black charcoal and I would love more info on it.
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
I have a 1 quart Crown jar that is inperfect in shape and has air bubbles in the glass. It is a delicate shade of aqua blue. It has the crown on it and D1 under the crown. There is no date. It has a glass top. Does anyone have any idea of it’s value?
I have an odd thing here, so hopefully some can give me some info on it. It is an aqua coloured glass lid top for a Crown preserving jar. The funny thing is the Crown is embossed on the INSIDE of the lid, as opposed to the outside like all of the other ones. Is it an error or were there some produced like this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx.
I also have a Crown like Barb described in a light charcoal colour and also have been unable to find anything describing this particullar colour it has the number 3 on the opposite side of the jar from the Crown emblem and the word crown. Any help or info on this particular light charcoal grey jar would be appreciated.
I am having a yard sale and do not know what to ask for the crown jars with the zinc rims and glass lids, any idea?
Just acquired a large number of jars with glass lids, including some boxes of Viceroy Rubber Fruit Jar Rings, which appear to be fairly old.
The rubber is still fairly flexible, with no obvious cracks.
Do you think these are still safe to use?
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Crown preserving jar with D2 marking, light green, glass lid, metal ring. Bubbles throughout jar & lid. Any idea as to the date and value of an item like this?
I have a Half-Gal Green Toned Beave Jar. Excellent condition with only a tiny nick in top of jar. Also I have a 1943 Crown Imperial Qt
with a tiny nick in to lid. Would be interested in what a ballpark price would be for these. Your input would be appreciated.
Is there a listing, somewhere, of manufacturers and location? Canada or United States would be helpful, province or state even better. There are 15 questions / comments on this site. Are answers / comments available? Thanks, Lawrie.
I own several Old Crown Canning Jars as well dated from early 1930’s to late 1940’s. I am currently seeking out where I may find and purchase new seals and some Glass lids require replacements…. any sugesstions???
Can anyone please tell me where I can purchase Metal Screw Bands for the 1 Quart Improved Gem Canning Jars; the ones that screw down over the glass lids & rubber rings.
I have 25 crown and ball jars some green some brown very old would like to get a price on them also many glass lids.
We recently moved into an old townhouse and the elderly lady who lived here before us left us about 200 jars. The jars are all Improved Gem Made in Canada jars, I would like to know the history on them if anyone knows or an give us some insight. She also left some Dom Glas ones which are smaller. I am very interested in this!
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Hi! Does anyone know what a canning jar that is octagonal is called? Like it’s paneled, 8 sided but it’s just like a normal old canning jar. Trying to sell it and I have no idea what it’s called! Help! Has a glass lid with a groove running down the centre of it. ‘5302, 0.5 & Co.Ld’ on the bottom. Bubbles in the glass, a light green/blue. And is about 8″ high. What is it? If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it!!
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Are these screw top bands save to use
Where can these metal bands/tops be bought?
We found many old dated Crown. made in Canada quart sealers with dates on bottom and glass tops
need new metal scew bands, where may I buy?
I recently went to a wedding in Canada and they had pint size wide mouth canning jars, that said “mad in canada’, made by Gem. I would like to purchase these, where can i buy them? Can anyone help me?????
what is the difference on the crowns on the crown sealers I have 1926-1950
Lots of queries about Gem jars – apparently these are a Western Canadian thing. Bernardin stopped making the rings and snap lids for them for a spell, but they are back to making them again. I found some in Superstore (Loblaws) in Alberta this summer to replace the old style rings that are tall enough for the glass lids on a set of jars I inherited.
Hope that helps a few people!
I have over 400 fruit jars. Crown, Corona, Gem in 90-100% cond.
Dates from 1950’s back to 1920’s
Many of them are blue, aqua, green ect. and most have bubbles.
All glass tops, zinc rings & 90-100% cond.
I don’t know how much they sell for elsewhere. But in ontario i get them and sell them for about $1-30 each. Later dates such as 50’s in clear glass sell for less then the 20’s with color and bubbles ect. for obvious reasons.
Anyone looking for jars/lids or rings should look on kijiji.ca or ebay every week or so and see whats avalible.
Anyone looking for specfic dates or colors ect. Just post a comment. Ill try to remember this website and come back :)
Pre-Dated Jars as well. They got the real nice colors.
i got an old crown jar but the crosses on the crown r rounded?let me know if you havee info on the jar
I have a Crown Pint jar but the only markings on the bottom are a 12 in one clear block and 54 in another. The rest of the bottom is textured glass. Anyone able to tell me anything about this? Is this the date? Thanks.
These are canadian jars, made in several provinces, and lots of people here still use them. They are 78mm mouth size. Half way between a regular and a wide mouth. Colours and odd lids add value. They are not rare in clear.
I use the original glass lids and Viceroy “rubber fruit jar rings” to can in a pressure canner. I do not use the type that the rubber goes on the jar and not the lid. They tend to fail, and are very old.
There are no supplies of new screw rings that I can find. The old zinc rings work fine, and can be scrubbed up to look ok. (lemon juice and a drop of oil after)
I find the newer metal sealer lids do not have enough ‘squish’ to seal the old, not so precise rims very well. The rings work great with the glass tops. Very few failures. There is no “dimple” to check like a metal lid, if it is not sealed it falls off!
Mine are “improved” GEM, Canadian JEWEL, GEM, JEWEL, Corona, Dominion, and Crown. Most are the first two. I have about 200and twice that in lids.
Despite what the people who make new jars say, I have only ever had the thinner new jars break in the canner, and never had issues with the old, thick jars. They are heavy.
I am searching a source of nitrile rings, as they would last way longer.
My mother-in-law has found an old Crown Jar. The difference being there is a Maple Leaf Lid. Any ideas on the vintage and the value?
I recently lost my wife of 46 years. She and her mother did a lot of canning. I now have 100+ canning jars (Crown, Corona, Mason,etc) complete with glass lids, zinc metal collars, dated from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Most are clear ( few aqua colour) all in very good condition. I have quart size,imperial pints, some labelled with the big E -Toronto Winnipeg (Eaton’s ???)
I was almost going to throw them out…but was told that they may be of value! Can you help an old man out? Any info, prices, how to sell would be appreciated.
Have several cases of Improved Cordona Jars,
Crown, Mason Jars. They all have glass lids. Not sure what they are worth. Some people are interested in purchasing them. I would like to know what I should do with them. Thanks
These jars where made in Wallaceburg Ontario Canada. Produced by Dominion Glass which later I think in the late 70’s became Dom-Glass and shortly after changed there name to Libby’s Glass. The glass house in Wallaceburg was shut down in the 90’s. There is still however a glass house still running in Brampton Ontario Canada they may have more info that can help.
I have two questions please, I found a glass sealer, aqua tinge and it has the star of David on it. What does this mean?
Also I found a jar that has a cross embossed in the glass jar, it is a Crown sealer, any ideas. Thanks
I have a canning jar that is embossed with “Vacuum” in script. Anyone know anything about this mark?
i found a canning jar that has a crown on front along with the name crown on the bottom of jar it says wheaton,nj can anyone tell me how old this jar is n if its worth anything
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Hi Grampa Vic,
If youn still have the jars left I would be interested in purchasing some of them.
Hi Grampa Vic,
I am also interested in purchsing some of them, I found they are very good for storing dry good.
hi have some jars would like to know something one is says in fruit jar book thy did not make its a half gallon king head jar it said thy were only made in pint and quart the other is a pint blue ribbon goods always reliable
Hi, I’ve some glass canning jars with glass lids. No metal bail is with any of them. The have ‘Canada’ on them. They are simple jars without any shoulders or unusual shape to them. I can’t figure out how to get the bails or clamps and the rings for them (or if it is worthwhile to; I was reading that it isn’t as safe a method as the metal lids to can with.)
I have a number of the lids some with date all with crown, date back to 1948 and all clear. any idea on value?
I have 30 of these Canadian Crown canning jars. If you are a collector I have the following dates.
(several predated) Green tinted no date but definitely pre-1930’s
I also have a few other brands Corona 1930’s and Jewel, 1930’s as well. Both are Canadian as well.
Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing.
I have a glass lid with a star of david on it.
What does it mean?
Have shout 70 Canada crown mason jars for sale once I have established value. I can send a list of jars!if you wish Thanks
I have 96 quart size Mason Jars & 20 smaller Mason jars to give away to whoever is interested in doing some canning.
The midwest jar has a glass lid with a beautiful Maple Leaf embossed on it. It has clearly defined ribs in the leaf.
I’m from Thorold , I have approx. 100 1931 Crown mason jars , along with a Bell , and 2 Corona jars, plus 2 Blue Ribbon jars.
Trying to figure out who might be interested !
OR info what to do with them!
I have a very large collection of antique canning jars to sell. I am currently cataloguing them. I know I have Beavers, Gems, various Crowns, Kings, Queens. If you are interested in purchasing any of these jars please contact me.
My mom has jars from her mother and grandmother. None of the jars I have looked at have any date on the bottom that can be found. They have the following labels: Improved Corona Canada, Wallaceburg Jam, Ball Improved, Imperial Gem Made in Canada, Best Wide Mouth, and Midwest Made.
The jars mom can’t use for canning are for sale. Combination of green color and clear. Please let me know how many and at what price.
I’m repeating some of the questions above. Too bad no answers appear for them.
I have four clear glass jars that I have questions for: I have a quart-sized Jewel Jar (Made in Canada), a quart-sized Mid West Jar (Canadian Made), a pint-sized Dominion Mason Wide mouth (Made in Canada) square jar and a Nabob Brand embossed jar. I also have a maple leaf glass lid. Any information about these would be appreciated.
My desk is littered with canning jars at the moment. An excellent site for dating Ball jars is:
The Red Book of Fruit Jars #10 can be ordered at:
What I need to buy is extra zinc rings and glass inserts for blue Ball jars. Anyone know of a good source?
I have a green Crown 1/2 gallon , no date , bubbles in the glass
B 1 under the crown, the rough top, and on the back of the jar
it says “THE T. EATON CO Limited
190 Yonge St., Toronto, Can.
would anyone know a value for this jar and maybe a year
I recently found a crown mason jar in the rubble of an old chicken house in southern georgia. I was just wanting to know more about it and find out its date. It is a 2 pint jar and is clear. Has CROWN Mason on one side with 3 lines on its sides. On the bottom there is a 47 and 8. If anyone can help it was be great. Thanks SAM.
Where would be a good place to get more information on crown jars?
I have found lots in my garage. a couple of them look very old. One in particular has no date is blue in color and is out of shape like it was blown by hand.
Dominion Glass made alot of the Gem, Jewel and Crown. If any one is looking for metal rims, lids and maybe the odd jar try the Thirft stores, value village or sometime (if you don’t care were you get them) the rural recycles might, the odd time have some or just ask around.
Canadian Superstore and Loblaws chain still sells the ‘Viceroy’ rubber sealing rings in Alberta. They fit my ‘Crown Jars’.
Just an FYI, I recently bought a CROWN IMPERIAL 1/2 Gallon jar…the cool thing is that it is a very light amethyst colour. It also has raised seams on each side…apparently this is how jars were made pre 1910 and the colour was the addition of Manganese Oxide…which I believe they stopped using around 1915….
We have antique “Best” jars that were taken from a nunnery’s cold storage before it was filled in. The cold storage was underground and had not been used for decades when it was emptied. There were also “Crown” and other jars which are described on the Internet, but nothing on “Best” jars. These were found in Canada. Has anyone heard of these?
i have a crown glass jar with a slight blue tinge,raised seams,lots of bubbles in glass,has D2 under the crown,how old is it,it is 6 3/4 tall and 3 3/4 wide at bass and has waves in the glass and sunk in a little were the crown is.thnx
You have a photo of the GEM (Canadian made) glass canning
jar with glass lid and metal band. Where do I get the metal bands ?
Amazing – My Dad wrote the book in the picture – it’s the first or second of 3 books he produced about canning jars, which he collected for several years. The price of jars has gone up and down in the last several years, but I know that the rare ones, like Beaver’s, Pansy’s, Gem Rutherfords, and Hamilton Clamp Jars remain valuable. Pint sized jars are generally worth more than quarts, and colours such as amber, amethyst, and green are worth more than blue and clear jars.
Hi, I have 6 of the Crown mason jars…with the glass and I guess “zinc”? rings. What I don’t have are the rubber rings that fit the 900 ml (filled to top) glass jars. Does anyone know where I might be able to get those rubber rings?
looking for deep rings to hold glass lids on mason jars
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Just a novice in the canning jar world but I do have an old Crown Imperial QT jar with a zinc screw-top-lid. My question is all the examples I have seen on the Internet have MADE IN CANADA either on the body or the glass lid. Since mine doesn’t, I am trying to locate a bit of it’s history. I dug this jar up in Colorado Springs, Colorado while sodding my front lawn back in the 70’s and have carried it around ever since.
Any help is appreciated…