A.W.L. Wright

Provenance: Jerry McCann Collection

Here is a rather unusual wax sealer jar that would be considered extremely rare. It is hand blown with a ground lip. There is a grooved ring for a metal cap.

This double tapered jar was made in a specially constructed three-part mold. There is a seam around the circumference of the jar, near the middle top area and two opposite seams running upward from this seam to the lip. There is a rib below the groove ring finish. The top of the jar tapers in from the shoulder seam to the lip circle of glass and tapers down from the seam to the base. Above the juncture of the seam are the embossed letters ‘A. W. L. WRIGHT’.

This jar is somewhat of an enigma as the proprietor and maker are unknown. There is a similar jar embossed ‘OK’ instead of ‘A. W. L. Wright’ which adds to the mystery. We have that jar pictured above. As with the Wright jar, the proprietor and maker is unknown.

As noted, the shape of the jar is unusual and reminds us of the glass ‘egg’ insulators.

Support: Reference to Fruit Jar Annual 2020 – The Guide to Collecting Fruit Jars by Jerome J. McCann

Support: Reference to Red Book #11, the Collector’s Guide to Old Fruit Jars by Douglas M. Leybourne, Jr.

Support Images: Lot 10816: OK on Shoulder Early Wax Sealer Quart, Aquamarine. Closure: push-down style grooved ring wax sealer with a ground mouth finish and comes with an early unmarked tin cap. Appearance: sparkling glass. Condition: minor flaking of the ground mouth. Embossing: strong. Base: unmarked. Age: 1860s, Availability: rare and a beautiful example. – Greg Spurgeon, North American Glass

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