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I got me an adorable Midget jar!

farmkiti

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Nov 24, 2020
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Colorado Springs, CO
Hi, everybody. I'm a total noob; just started looking at aqua Mason jars online. I like the pretty aqua color and have started to learn about the different types. This is my first Midget jar; just got it. I love mini anything, and this little jar is just adorable. I'm hoping it's not a Chinese reproduction; I could handle an American reproduction, if that's what it is. Hoping maybe it's an authentic antique from about 1878 or later. In case you can't see it, it says, "Mason's Improved," on the front and has the CFJCo emblem on it. Does anybody know anything about this type of jar? 4520381A-A3DF-4461-8AE0-ED14B63284B4.jpeg65EE65F0-3753-402D-999E-F2CADD59E4C0.jpeg48D82CE6-7F4C-42AC-A3B4-33589C925031.jpeg6AAE391A-CBF7-4AC8-B0E3-E2DF54679533.jpegB00D3004-5F8B-40B2-AC75-AC63D298D0E0.jpegC5C07AD6-933A-40FF-8D20-54DB4AE8E7CD.jpeg7ABA3AA8-250C-43DD-BF29-02CABB0C4F79.jpeg
 

farmkiti

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Nov 24, 2020
15
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Colorado Springs, CO
Looks like an original to me. Most of the fruit that China reproduces are the 1858 ones. Welcome to the site.
Wow - thank you so much! Glad to hear you think it's the real deal. It's in such good shape, I almost couldn't believe it was an original. I just adore this little jar. I only own seven aqua fruit jars, and this one is the nicest one I've bought so far.
 

coreya

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Apr 30, 2007
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Summerfield, Fl
you should Get a "Red Book" which will help in your soon to be addiction of fruit jars. Your jar is listed as a # 1711 and appears in really nice shape with a listed value of 25-35. Was made for the Consolidated Fruit Jar Co. by several glass company's after 1871.
 

farmkiti

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Nov 24, 2020
15
3
Colorado Springs, CO
you should Get a "Red Book" which will help in your soon to be addiction of fruit jars. Your jar is listed as a # 1711 and appears in really nice shape with a listed value of 25-35. Was made for the Consolidated Fruit Jar Co. by several glass company's after 1871.
Thanks, Coreya! I've been seeing those Red Books. Should I aim for the most recent publication? I would assume so. They aren't cheap, are they? But I guess if I'm gonna get into another form of collecting, it'd be a good investment. Plus I like reading the little back stories about how & when they were made. Thanks for looking mine up for me! Good to know.
 

coreya

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Summerfield, Fl
Get the book direct from the author at Redbookjars.com .There are several much more expensive books available (such as "the fruit jar works") that have huge amounts of info but usually if you post a question on here someone can provide the info without spending 100's on reference material. The red book however is a great reference to have close at hand when searching for jars
 

farmkiti

Member
Nov 24, 2020
15
3
Colorado Springs, CO
Get the book direct from the author at Redbookjars.com .There are several much more expensive books available (such as "the fruit jar works") that have huge amounts of info but usually if you post a question on here someone can provide the info without spending 100's on reference material. The red book however is a great reference to have close at hand when searching for jars
Great tip, Coreya; thanks! At redbookjars.com the #12 issue is $20 cheaper than elsewhere. I can just about afford that one!
 

shotdwn

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Jan 13, 2018
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Macomb, IL
Glad your listening to Coreya. He is one of the most knowledgeable fruit jar people on this site. He can always come up with an answer for you.
 

coreya

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Apr 30, 2007
1,442
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Summerfield, Fl
Thanks a bunch Shot but there are people here whos knowledge far surpasses mine, I just have more time on my hands to get in first! :p :p:p Good luck with your collecting Farm
 

farmkiti

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Nov 24, 2020
15
3
Colorado Springs, CO
Thanks a bunch Shot but there are people here whos knowledge far surpasses mine, I just have more time on my hands to get in first! :p :p:p Good luck with your collecting Farm
Thanks, Coreya, and to Shotdwn as well. Since I'm so new to collecting jars and bottles, I'm just soaking it all in right now. As soon as I'm able, I'll be buying that Red Book. I also collect fountain pens, but mostly new ones and minis. So buying old things is new to me. I love this phase of collecting, where I'm learning as much as my brain can hold every day. I know with time, it'll all come together and mesh. Fun!
 

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