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

Catcat16

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Feb 26, 2020
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Goldsboro MD
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!
Yesssss you get me! Haha I collect mini bottles for two reasons. 1 is as you mentioned (the space) and two is because of their size, they aren’t worth nearly enough for how cool they are to me. The excitement of finding them would be ruined by selling them for 1-2 bucks... noooway. Look at this one I JUST found yesterday. It was sitting on top of a spot I previously dug. Must have missed it. You may not be able to tell in the picture but it’s slightly purple and filled with bubbles. This is an example of the best minis I find. I see other people find wayyyyy cooler ones that I couldn’t imagine finding but that’s ok. One day! Oh and I’d love to see some of your collection when you have time!
 

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Catcat16

Well-Known Member
Feb 26, 2020
169
28
Goldsboro MD
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!
mph and one more thing. I always think that it’s BECAUSE it’s so small it was able to survive. I say that because I’ll dig certain areas that are nothing but rust and broken glass. Tons and tons of broken glass piles of it where dirt isn’t even present and I’ll end up finding a tiny bottle usually every time. It’s almost as if the person who thru their trash there purposely smashed the glass to get it to fit in the hole better and because of its size the small ones survived. My best guess anyways. It’s rarer to find a broken mini then to find one in great condition. At least where I dig. Thats always so weird to me but that’s the only excuse to make it make sense lol
 

GlassKitTin

Surface Scratcher
Sep 26, 2019
49
18
Southeast Portage, Ohio
They are small but mighty, lol! That slight purple tint in the bottle is cool! I wonder if that’s like how it was originally or like an effect from being underground?
I definitely will take and post more pics of my bottles in the near future. I’ve got a lil box of stuff in the garage just waiting for me to clean it up and make it shine! Also I know I’m gonna have a lot more questions once I get looking at em better, lol.
 

jarsnstuff

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Aug 28, 2004
705
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California
The salesman sample jars are exactly the same salt & pepper shaker jars that were found at the Chicago world's fair in 1939. The only difference being that instead of a solid zinc lid & tiny jar rubber, the jars came with holes punched in the lids. So, while the Salesman Sample jar regularly sells for $100 plus for one, the S & P shakers sell for about $10 for the pair. It's all in the lid.DSCN0747 (2).JPGDSCN0749 (2).JPG
 

GlassKitTin

Surface Scratcher
Sep 26, 2019
49
18
Southeast Portage, Ohio
The salesman sample jars are exactly the same salt & pepper shaker jars that were found at the Chicago world's fair in 1939. The only difference being that instead of a solid zinc lid & tiny jar rubber, the jars came with holes punched in the lids. So, while the Salesman Sample jar regularly sells for $100 plus for one, the S & P shakers sell for about $10 for the pair. It's all in the lid.
Thank you for those pictures! Crazy the difference one lil bitty lid can make, huh? Curious though, do you know if the lil solid zinc lids still had the milk glass cap inside them like the larger jar lids did? Just wondering. Thanks again for the info! :)
 

RNorwood

Member
Jul 17, 2019
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I forgot to add the salesman's sample image is from a Worthpoint listing and sold on eBay in 2018 for $85 one sold in 2016 for $125.00.
 

jarsnstuff

Well-Known Member
Aug 28, 2004
705
28
California
RNorwood, please note the S & P jars with the blue & white lids are embossed Ball Mason, not Ball Perfect Mason. Ball issued these jars starting in 1974.
 

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