Hi Jeff,

Thanks for visiting my site. Your California jar is awesome. Would like to add one to my Wetern fruit jar collection. Would be great to meet you. I am going to be at the Keene, NH show in Oct. Let me know if you are going to attend. If not try to make the National show in 2016 in Sacramento.


February 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJerry Ikeda

hi jerry, just had to revisit your page and look at the pix of the jars you have posted here. really great group! some very scarce west coast jars in there. i posted another pretty rare west coast jar recently on the Ball Jar Collector's site... if you haven't seen it yet, take a look.

sure would be great to meet in person sometime. how about the Baltimore Show in march? looks like i am going for the 1st time ever!

thanks for your great web page here.
jeff k

January 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeff K

Hi Michelle, Yes send me some pictures of your jar. Send to my email "" and can give you an idea of value. As far as cleaning, will need to be done by a professional bottle cleaner. I would not try to clean on your own. Nice jar.


August 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

Hi Jerry! We have come across an old Lafayette fruit Jar Pint size aqua blue no lid. It was buried in the ground and has no chips it's just dirty with some type of scaling on it. Do you know what to clean it with? Are you interested in pictures and would you know the value of it? Thanks for your time.

August 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I am looking to buy some rarer jars. I have fallen in love with ambers, the darker the better. Id love to own a Van Vliet of any variety. Contact me?

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Leece

Jerry, THANKS for putting your GREAT lineup of jars online. I discovered your site via messages on Ball Jar Collectors Community on YUKU. Glad to have you as a member there. Be sure to let us all know if you find some killer Ball jars out in your area! That Ball plant at El Monte sure must have had fun 'messing around' and producing their "own" varieties of otherwise "normal" Ball products! Good luck in future collecting. Jeff

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeff (fruitjarfarm)


I do sell jars at bottle shows in California and Nevada. Where do you live. What types of jars do you collect? If you want go ahead and respond to my email address.

Thanks, Jerry

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

Hi there, am I able to purchase these?

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Hi Ira,

The Wells Provost lid that you mention goes on a metal can. If you look at my jars it is the tin can on the left of picture. The cans are very hard to find.


August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

Hello, Recently found (what is left of) a Wells & Proxxx (Spratts 1854, improved) lid, Does this go to a tin, glass or crock container? I am trying to build a pre-1864 patent example collection to use in educational programs. Can accept damaged examples just so that I 'have one'. I have enjoyed seeing the selection you have put on your site. Thank-you for sharing as you have done. Hope to chat more about this. My thanks, Ira~

August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIra Medcalf

I have purchased a jar that sounds like one someone asked about on this forum in Aug. 2012. It is embossed on the bottom "2 1/2 PAIL" with a "J" in a trapezoid-ish logo, and under that, the numbers "6126" and "12". The jar is textured under the neck and around the bottom with smooth glass in the middle. There is also a wire handle that fits into indentations on either side of the jar just under the lip. It is 7.25 inches tall and about 3.25 inches in diameter. You replied to the earlier poster that "If it has good embossing going for around $500. " Can I really ask that much if I sell it online? It is in excellent shape with no chips. Thanks!

Not familiar with the jar that you mention. It is different than the one in an earlier post.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErin

If you have a specific question regarding fruit jars send to my email. It is "".

Thanks, Jerry

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

I am sorry...16 ridges not 19!

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarianne milkowski

I have a Flaccus Bros. Steers Head fruit jar with a simplex in a diamond screw on glass lid. My lid has 19 grip ridges unlike all the others I have seen. Do you know why this would be? And would you have any idea what it might be worth. Your collection is very impressive. I have hung on to all the blue jars that I have found but I don't really have a collection. I am near 80 and he jar was given to me by my aunt. Thx.

There are different styles of Flaccus lids and they have ridges. You are fortunate to have one that fits. The clear jars sell for around $40.

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarianne milkowski

Beautiful collection, some very rare jars, you should be proud. Husband and I are also canning/fruit jar collectors, its a wonderful hobby although an expensive one.

Thank you. I have been collecting for a long time.

August 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I have a Keystone canning jar. it doesnt have a date on it. but it has the keystone logo and has a J in the logo. on the bottom of jar. I also has 2 1/2 pail and the number 6126. it also has rough pattern around the bottom and neck of jar. the jar is round and not square like a common canning jar. I would like to know more about it and what it is worth. There are no nicks or cracks.

If you Keystone jar is aqua it is fairly common. They sell for around $15. The "J" is a mold number. Not familiar with the second jar you mention.

August 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce avery

hello, i have half gallon version of your amber keystone pint. am i luck too or is this a common jar. thank you

If your jar is amber it is a good one. They sell for around $500.

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjames brown

could your woodbury halfpint be redbook #3027?

My jar is RB 10 is 3028.

January 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdavid fowler

The new site looks great Thanks Chris!

September 26, 2010 | Registered CommenterJerry Ikeda

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