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Preserves jar??

foxfirerodandgun

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May 20, 2017
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My wife picked up two of these jugs and I don't know for sure exactly what they were designed to hold. On a pottery forum, someone said that they are preserve jugs used before the onset of glass canning jars and a wax seal was used to hold a tin top in place as the first picture indicates. This makes sense, however, I wonder if they were used to store other commodities, and in particular, what date range do they align with?

The first & second images are from the forum and the third and fourth images are of one of the jugs that I have.
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nhpharm

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Apr 24, 2007
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They are "wax sealer" canning jars used to preserve just about anything. They would be sealed by placing the tin lid in the groove and putting wax around it. The timeframe for them is probably 1850's-1920's and yours looks to be on the late end of that (1890-1920 or so). Yours is a bit unusual with the handle...reminds me of an oyster jar. They were used concurrently with glass jars but are often larger and could put us with more abuse.
 

foxfirerodandgun

Well-Known Member
May 20, 2017
87
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They are "wax sealer" canning jars used to preserve just about anything. They would be sealed by placing the tin lid in the groove and putting wax around it. The timeframe for them is probably 1850's-1920's and yours looks to be on the late end of that (1890-1920 or so). Yours is a bit unusual with the handle...reminds me of an oyster jar. They were used concurrently with glass jars but are often larger and could put us with more abuse.
Many thanks.
 

foxfirerodandgun

Well-Known Member
May 20, 2017
87
18
They are "wax sealer" canning jars used to preserve just about anything. They would be sealed by placing the tin lid in the groove and putting wax around it. The timeframe for them is probably 1850's-1920's and yours looks to be on the late end of that (1890-1920 or so). Yours is a bit unusual with the handle...reminds me of an oyster jar. They were used concurrently with glass jars but are often larger and could put us with more abuse.
Many thanks.
 

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