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He taught me everything I know about Ball jars, but not everything he knows. 12 offers many needed updates, hundreds of new additions and revisions.These jars carry the familiar embossing "Mason's Patent Nov. This date refers to the original patent date, not the actual date of manufacture.
He perfected a machine that could cut threads into lids, which ushered in the ability of manufacturing a jar with a reusable, screw-on, lid.
The Lightning jars became popular because the glass lids prevented food contact with metal, the metal clamps were cheap to produce and the lids themselves were much easier to seal and remove.
The name Lightning suggested that the jars were quick and easy to use.
They were first made in Buffalo in 1884 and for several years after. They identify the position that the mold in which the jar was made held on the glassmaking machine.
But, you say, how can the date 1884 be correct, since you have a jar embossed with a patent date of 1858. Most machines would have from eight to ten molds, all making the same type of jar.
Lightning jars represent an important advancement in the history of home canning and are still a part of American culture.