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New Reproduction Bottles and Fruit Jars = Scary News for Antique Collectors

Breaking News About New Repro Jars 

Larry Munson wrote to alert us of some new reproduction jars he picked up recently. He says he tries to buy an example of every repro jar he comes across for documentation and education purposes. His collection numbers about 80 jars now, many of which he says must have been made in small batches as he never saw them for sale or heard of them again. 

This new batch contains some that Larry says:

"...are very well done... the Baker & the Millville are the best done. With these surfacing it will be a whole new ballgame in what is coming. That is why I think we all need to let as many people know as possible. When some of these start surfacing as shows & flea mkt's people are going to get burned, when they think they found a rare jar in a different color."

The seller said that he had the molds made from his own examples of these scarce jars. Let's hope that this is another case of a small batch, and these babies don't flood the market. 

The 8 new jars to watch for are:

  • YEOMAN'S FRUIT JAR -- in quart & half gallon (quart not pictured)
  • JOSHUA WRIGHT --  half  gallon
  • WHITALL'S PATENT MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC --  square shoulder quart
  • POTTER & BODINE  -- wax seal quart
  • GRIFFINS PATENT 1862  -- quart -- in Amber & Cobalt. (Amber not pixtured.)

Also a can:

  • SPRATS IMPROVED PATENT -- Tin can in quart & half gallon (quart not pictured.)

[Click the photos to enlarge.]

[Update: June 2013]

Here's the website for the company making the reproduction fruit jars, as well as bottles. They are making these for the Civil War re-enactor market, but anyone can buy them. -- here's a screen shot:


Larry will be sending more pix of his reproduction jar collection, and I will add them later. Here's a video of Larry talking about another repro jar:

[Newsletter readers may need to click through to view the video.}

Here is info on other known reproduction canning jars:
[Updated April 15 2013]

Here are 3 shots of Larry Munson's repro jars display. He has close to 100, and estimates that there are about 15 more listed in the Redbook that he doesn't have yet. (Click the pix to enlarge.)

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History of the Ball Amber Buffalo Fruit Jar by Dick Cole

The Making of the Reproduction Amber Ball Buffalo Jar by Dick Cole

Screen shots and and excerpt from Dick Cole's article in the December 2012 Glass Chatter (newsletter of the Midwest Fruit Jar Club

The original fruit jar from which the reproductions were made still exists, safely housed in the Heritage Collection at Minnetrista in Muncie.  

Bill Brantley and Rosemary Martin, Product Manager at Ball, decided that a reproduction of this rare jar would be a marketable item.  Ball had released its Bicentennial series of jars with much success. 

Fruit jar collecting was a newly developing hobby, and the opportunity was ripe for the company to take full advantage of its history. The idea was that the reproduction jar would not only appeal to serious fruit jar collectors, but also to those interested in its decorative aspect.  With the coming of the country’s Bicentennial, attention was focused on historical items, and ―retro‖ objects had become the rage for home d├ęcor.

Thus, under the guidance of Bill Brantley, Ball made arrangements to produce replica amber fruit jars like the ones that they had made almost a hundred years earlier.  Paul Bredwell was in charge of the project.  A glassblower by the name of Joe Miller was contracted to make the jars. 

Read the entire article, full of photos and history -- click here for the pdf. 

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Jumbo Peanut Butter Elephant Jar REPRO NEWS - Videos @ Muncie Winter 2010 Fruit Jar Get Together

Phil Smith @ Muncie Winter 2010 Fruit Jar Get Together

Here's Phil, telling us about a new reproduction of the Jumbo P-Nut Butter ELEPHANT figural jar/bank in GREEN glass - buyers, beware.

Larry Munson @ Muncie Winter 2010 Fruit Jar Get Together

Here's Larry, telling us about a new REPRO Fruit Jar that will be available soon - buyers, beware.

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