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Tiny Ball Jar... Is It the Real Deal?

GlassKitTin

Surface Scratcher
Sep 26, 2019
49
18
Southeast Portage, Ohio
Very excited to post this find from about a month ago. Found it in a creek near some big broken crocks while hiking. It was packed clear full of mud, but I got it cleaned up nicely and started looking it up. I think it’s a little Salesman Sample from what I’ve seen, but I’m also worried it’s just a salt shaker or some little reproduction that looks like the real old one.

It stands roughly 2 inches from bottom to top, and is a little bigger around than a quarter on the base. There’s a little 4 embossed on the base it looks like and Ball Perfect Mason embossed on the front. There are seams on the sides also.

So is it for real? My mother-in-law wants to nab it either way... But I think I want it for myself, lol!
 

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shotdwn

Well-Known Member
Jan 13, 2018
224
12
Macomb, IL
It is one jar from a salt and pepper shaker set. Ball first started making them in the 30's. The also made a square shaped shaker jar as part of some sets.
 

GlassKitTin

Surface Scratcher
Sep 26, 2019
49
18
Southeast Portage, Ohio
It is one jar from a salt and pepper shaker set. Ball first started making them in the 30's. The also made a square shaped shaker jar as part of some sets.

Ack! Your screen name perfectly says how I feel now, lol. Shot down. Oh well, not quite what I thought I had, but still cool I suppose! So you think it’s still possibly from the 30s though? I just googled up some examples and yep, sure looks like that’s what I got, though admitting it and the Salesman Sample on google look pretty dang same as long as you’re not counting the lids, at least to my very untrained eye.
Thanks much for responding though! At least I feel a bit better about letting the mom-in-law have it now anyway... Lol! ;)
 
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Catcat16

Well-Known Member
Feb 26, 2020
169
28
Goldsboro MD
Very excited to post this find from about a month ago. Found it in a creek near some big broken crocks while hiking. It was packed clear full of mud, but I got it cleaned up nicely and started looking it up. I think it’s a little Salesman Sample from what I’ve seen, but I’m also worried it’s just a salt shaker or some little reproduction that looks like the real old one.

It stands roughly 2 inches from bottom to top, and is a little bigger around than a quarter on the base. There’s a little 4 embossed on the base it looks like and Ball Perfect Mason embossed on the front. There are seams on the sides also.

So is it for real? My mother-in-law wants to nab it either way... But I think I want it for myself, lol!
Omg! When I saw this I freaked out and my husband looked over at me and I screamed in a high pitched voice “it’s tiny!!!!!” He of course comes back with “that’s what she said” lol but I’m so happy to see this exists! I collect mini bottles those are the only ones I refuse to sell so when I saw this I freaked out cause I bet my spot could possibly have this! Thanks so much for sharing your so lucky!
 

PlaneDiggerCam

Well-Known Member
Sep 4, 2017
459
27
Southeastern CT, U.S.A.
Omg! When I saw this I freaked out and my husband looked over at me and I screamed in a high pitched voice “it’s tiny!!!!!” He of course comes back with “that’s what she said” lol but I’m so happy to see this exists! I collect mini bottles those are the only ones I refuse to sell so when I saw this I freaked out cause I bet my spot could possibly have this! Thanks so much for sharing your so lucky!
Agreed, you are lucky! these small type ball saleseman samples from the 1930s are hard to find. I've always wanted to dig one.
 

GlassKitTin

Surface Scratcher
Sep 26, 2019
49
18
Southeast Portage, Ohio
Omg! When I saw this I freaked out and my husband looked over at me and I screamed in a high pitched voice “it’s tiny!!!!!” He of course comes back with “that’s what she said” lol but I’m so happy to see this exists! I collect mini bottles those are the only ones I refuse to sell so when I saw this I freaked out cause I bet my spot could possibly have this! Thanks so much for sharing your so lucky!
Ha! That’s great! :D I love the tiny bottles too, finding one is like an amazing little experience that such a small fragile thing survived for so long to be found. And also you can collect a lot more in a small space, lol!
 

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