Anchor Hocking / Hocking Glass Anchor Hocking, Hocking Glass, Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation, Anchor Cap and Closure, Anchor Hocking Corporation, Anchor Hocking Corp., Anchor Glass Container Corporation, Anchor Hocking Specialty Glass Boston and Sandwich Glass Co. Bryce Brothers Glass Company 1882-1891, Pittsburgh, PA; Bryce, Mc Kee and Co.-1850; Bryce, Richards and Co.-1854; Bryce, Walker and Co.-1865; Bryce Brothers-1882; Joined U. Glass Factory B-1891; Bryce Bros.-1893-1944 Challinor Taylor Glass Co. Cut Glass(avail to donators only) This album is private and only available to donating members who contribute or more per year to the Glass Lovers Glass Database project. Early New England Glass Company that is famous for Sandwich Glass, Lacy Glass and pressed glass using early pressing techniques.They have smooth lips, are dark amber in color and have Putnam 227 on the base. There could be legitimate Lightning jars with Putnam 227 on base, although I've never actually asked anyone if they have one in their collections.Once you've seen a few repros it's pretty easy to spot one on a table.In 1882, Henry William Putnam of Bennington, Vermont, invented a new kind of fruit jar by adopting a bottle stopper patent by Charles de Quillfeldt.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 Lightning jars were made by a number of glass companies in several states including Lyndeboro Glass, Lindboro, NH; Edward H. Interestingly, Putnam was living in San Diego at the time but it is not known if any California company made his jars glass.
Square Jars were made for the Smalley Fruit Jar Co. Other square jars date from the 20s, 30s and later.
The value of square shaped jars tends to be higher than round as it seems that fewer square jars were made.
Some historians suggest that the term "white lightning" may have been inspired not only from the effect of ingesting homemade corn whiskey but by the name of the jars the whiskey was frequently stored in.
These familiar jars with their glass lids and wire bales are still found in novelty stores today.