It has NO chips, cracks, dings, damage, etc. Please see pictures for overall appearance of jar. Age : An early hand-blown bottle (Blown-In-Mold = BIM) with a ground-top, ca. An absolute stunning jar in this LARGE size, l ots of deep purple glass in this ORIGINAL ANTIQUE FRUIT; an absolutely STUNNING color, This TRANSLUCENT purple color is the result of this jar being made with manganese-glass.
Manganese is a mineral, a rock, that was mined, crushed, and pulverized into a powder, then added to vats of liquid glass, and acted as a decolorizing agent to turn the natural aqua-tinted glass into a pure crystal clear colorless glass. But when exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun or other sources of UV rays, it triggers a chemical reaction and the manganese oxidizes and turns a wonderful amethyst color. This jar was run through an industrial food sterilizer, a safe and permanent process which does the same thing as exposure to natural sunlight, except much faster.
Though some may suggest that this lavender color has been artificially produced or altered, the only thing that is artificial or altered is the time it took to turn purple. Whether glass has turned purple by the sun, by UV rays in a box, or by a sterilization process, they all turn the same purple color as it is all the same chemical reaction taking place. Most importantly, only clear glass from before 1914 will turn sun-colored-amethyst. Not only does this deep purple/amethyst color make this a great looking antique jar, but it also authenticates it as being truly antique.This jar is totally functional and could be used as a perfect storage jar on a kitchen counter, holding anything AND everything from sugar, dried peas, and beans to... Rice, coffee beans, dried fruit, honey.... And really give a kitchen counter a'country kitchen' look. Extremely nice for an 1800's old glass jar, check it out! We put our 30+ years of experience in antiques to use in describing every item we list.
The item "GIGANTIC Deep Purple HALF GALLON antique MASON 1858 PATENT fruit jar OLD CLEAN" is in sale since Friday, May 24, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Bottles & Insulators\Bottles\Antique (Pre-1900)\Jars".The seller is "clancy_kid" and is located in Libby, Montana. This item can be shipped worldwide.