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Does a color streak in a fruit jar increase the value of the jar?

PlaneDiggerCam

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Sep 4, 2017
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Picked this CFJ Co. Mason's Improved Clyde NY jar up a while back. I noticed a Citron color streak (no it is not a stain, its in the glass).

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I have some questions:
How much is this jar worth without the streak and does that added streak of color increase the jar's value?

I have always been interested in this topic.

Thanks,
PlaneDiggerCam
 

yacorie

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Dec 10, 2018
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CT
Looks like a quart jar?

Book lists it as $10-15 complete with insert and band - jar #1712

Colors and swirls always make the jars more valuable - that’s not a lot of color but I don’t know how common it is in those jars. Might make it a $30 jar??
 

RoyalRuby

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Oct 5, 2019
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Buckeye State
Yes it is a quart, I really gotta get a red book!
As yacorie said, colors and or color swirled (the more the better) always increase the value of fruit jars, as does error and hammarded glass jars, I'm still somewhat a newbie collecting fruit jars, and so far have found a green colored Atlas and a cornflower blue Atlas while roaming antique stores, my best found (dug) jar is a "three L" Ball wax seal jar......If/when you do buy the Red Book you'll be a bit over-whelmed by just how many different manufacturers there is, and how many variations of Ball and Mason jars there is.
 
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RoyalRuby

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Oct 5, 2019
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Buckeye State
Wanted to add that the wax seal jar I found was in a 50's/60's time period farm dump, which shows just how long these jars could be used, as the "three L" versions date from 1896 through 1910, so keep your eyes peeled for jars even in dumps that are time periods several years later than the jars that may be in them.
 

sandchip

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Sep 1, 2008
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Georgia
I believe that it adds to the value, but that's a very broad answer. How much it adds is going to depend on how much swirling and where on the bottle the swirling is located. Here's a double eagle flask that has it in just the right spot to display nicely, but still wouldn't drive the value up that much.

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