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How many versions are there.

Timelypicken

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I collect porcelain Ball lid tops because I know there are a bunch of different versions, and I was wondering how many versions there are in all if anybody knows. Sorry for the bad pictures they are hard to take good pictures of. The 3rd one has B72 on it and I was wondering what that meant
 

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jarsnstuff

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Porcelain lined zinc lids were made for about 100 years, by several different manufacturers. If you're only collecting the liners that came inside Ball zinc lids, you may already be pretty close to everything they made. However, some of the really old lids come with the company logo (CFJ Co. , Hero Cross, Rosette) embossed in the center of the liner which could expand your collection by quite a bit.

Also, any number embossed in the center of the liner is most likely a mold number
 

Timelypicken

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Apr 20, 2020
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Porcelain lined zinc lids were made for about 100 years, by several different manufacturers. If you're only collecting the liners that came inside Ball zinc lids, you may already be pretty close to everything they made. However, some of the really old lids come with the company logo (CFJ Co. , Hero Cross, Rosette) embossed in the center of the liner which could expand your collection by quite a bit.

Also, any number embossed in the center of the liner is most likely a mold number
I have one with 5 in the center, and mine either have Boyd’s porcelain or they have no logo. I don’t have a lot of the porcelain liners I know there are several more I don’t have whole
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

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Most liners where made of milkglass. They can be found in foggy aqua, green and blue. Relatively few were actually made of porcelain. As far as dating them exactly it is virtually impossible, though some can give you a ballpark time made by the manufacturers mark.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
 

Timelypicken

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Apr 20, 2020
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Most liners where made of milkglass. They can be found in foggy aqua, green and blue. Relatively few were actually made of porcelain. As far as dating them exactly it is virtually impossible, though some can give you a ballpark time made by the manufacturers mark.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
I’ve never seen colored ones. I have 2 or 3 porcelain ones
 

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