Historic Tools of North Castle

Mason Jar

This item at Smith’s Tavern is a glass mason jar.  It is composed of clear thick glass, thicker than single-use commercial glass jars, with a wire bail handle.  The jar’s mouth has a screw thread on its outer perimeter to accept a metal ring or band. The words “Atlas E-Z Seal” are engraved on the glass.


The Hazel-Atlas company was in business from 1902 to 1964.  During the 1940s and '50s, the company was one of the largest producers of canning jars.  The E-Z Seal is a lightening jar, a design which has a distinctive glass bubble lid or stopper clamped to the jar with a wire bail.  The wire is permanently affixed to the neck of the jar and the bail swings up “quick as lightning” to hold the lid, hence the name. [The glass bubble lid is missing from this item.]

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Location:Right Shelf - Bottom
Length: 10 cm
Width: 10 cm
Height: 19 cm
Weight: 479 g


Reference:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_jar  and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_canning and https://ourpastimes.com/date-atlas-jars-7388201.html