so true so true my friendI never heard the story until eBay rolled around. It's just like a lot of the other fake or downright fraudulent claims out there made by sellers that are geared towards making people thing something is more valuable than it is (came from a shipwreck, came from a Civil War camp, made from a piece of the USS Constitution, is a salesman's sample, is a pirate boarding grenade, and on and on and on). Since a lot of the medicine bottles we collect made fraudulent claims, we should be even more attuned to the fact that human nature doesn't change and there are always liars and frauds out there!
I'd love to have a wire top Victor. Around my area people seem to hold onto their family canning jars and pass them down through the family. So the inventory is not that diverse, atleast from what I've personally seen available for sale. For me, the wire top, or Lightning closures and the clam/screw top are more appealing than a Ball in any color or size. With the exception of a few special made ones and some of the larger sizes, I would much rather have a the wire and unusual/uncommon closures that worry about the number on the bottom of a jar that ever jar collector or hobby shopper has. But then again, my collection of things is very diverse in its items that I deem as fit for me to buy or own. I love the oddballs and overlooked things, they need happy homes and loves like any other lol. If possible I'd love to know if you'd be willing to send me pictures and a cost of your little misfit and maybe I can help you give it a loving home and not be overlooked by those who just don't appreciate itI set up at tradedays often and usually have around 40 different names and sizes jars, but it is funny that the people like the #13 in the ball blue perfect masons. They will not buy the other brands with #13 on them. Been carry a wire clamp victor #13 for over a year and no one interested in it, Glenn