- Feb 21, 2014
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- Southern Indiana
OK, I'm back with an update to my post yesterday. Matt B, I believe your jar is listed in the newer editions of the Redbook as jar #253. (Formerly jar #305). However, the entry has a mistake - it states "dropped a" which is not correct, that jar has an "undropped a". The "dropped a" notation in the book means the "a" in BALL has an "ascender" (introductory/leading stroke on lower left of letter). An "undropped a" means there is NO ascender which is true about your jar.Hi Matt B! This is absolutely a 100% original, authentic jar. The jar is listed as jar #305 on page 12 of the reference book "The Fruit Jar Works Volume 1" by Alice Creswick. (Mold numbers on the bottom aren't mentioned for this jar). I will attach a photo of the top half of this page in that book. This book is one of the early companion hardcover SERIOUS RESEARCH volumes with the jar numbers that the "REDBOOK" is based on.
I don't quite understand why, but many of the jar numbers assigned to jars illustrated in the original Fruit Jar Works books (and the accompanying RedBook) were later re-numbered so they can be hard to find in the more recent Redbook editions. WHY WAS THIS DONE??? In the newer Redbooks (I don't have the very latest, I have #11) the jar #305 is a totally different jar!!!! Why?
I've tried to look through my Redbook to find what number your jar is now listed under. Didn't see it, but I haven't been very thorough! SOMEONE, PLEASE look through their new Redbook slowly and carefully and tell us what jar number this variant has been assigned!! THANKS!
I hope this actually helps, and doesn't confuse!!