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Ball Mason Jars

A History of Ball® Mason Jars

The production of the first Ball® branded glass jar marks the beginning of a fascinating history. The Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company began manufacturing fruit jars in 1884 in Buffalo, New York. Over a century later, their business has grown to be a world-wide Brand that many know and love. The Mason jar was invented and patented in 1858 by tinsmith John L. Mason (hence the name Mason jars!).   Raised in Philadelphia, he moved to New York and filed his jar patent at the young age of 26!  As a tinsmith, Mason first created the standard thread cap then the jar to go with it.