Hemingray – Melon Ribbed Jar

Provenance: Patricia Strang Collection

Hemingray of Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio is associated with several styles of fruit jars, the most famous of them being the Globe Fruit Jar.

Here we will look at the unmarked Hemingray Melon Ribbed Jars that came in half-gallons, quarts, and pints. Our museum example is spectacular in form, color and condition and has the original lid. These jars are easily identified with their verticle ribs and the glass color which is typically a Hemingray deep aqua, cornflower blue, or blue-green that you see with Hemingray telegraph insulators. The lids can be tin-plated iron, cast metal or white metal caps.

Some other Hemingray made jars include the Hemingray Push Down Wax Sealer, the Patented Nov 30 1858 (with/H.G.CO. Monogram), Patent No. 22,186, Patented Sep 18 1860 – Patent No. 30,063, Patented June 9 1863 – Patent No. 38,820, Patented Feb 16 1860 – Patent No. 41,657, Patented June 27 1865 – Patent No 48,399, Patented May 25, 1886 (GLOBE, On Lid) – No. 342,602, Royal and Royal of 1876.

Note: Refer to the museum piece Royal of 1876 jar to get a better historical overview of the Hemingray Glass Company.

Support Image: Hemingray Melon Ribbed Pint, Light Cornflower Blue. Rare original tinned sheet iron cap in beautiful condition. Sparkling glass. No damage, normal roughness and flaking of the sheared and not-ground mouth. Smooth unmarked base. Circa 1860s. Extremely rare in this small size and color. From the auction of the noted Carson Collection in Terre Haute, Indiana in August 2000. The Carson Collection was gathered in the 1950s and 1960s and had been stored by the local university since 1969. This jar was among a small number of rare jars in the collection, and probably one of the best. – North American Glass

Support Image: Hemingray Melon Ribbed Quart, Dark Aqua, Reproduction metal screw cap, Shiny glass, Flaking of the ground mouth. The base is smooth with a slight rocker base effect, Circa 1860s, Scarce – North American Glass

Support Image: Hemingray Melon Ribbed Half Gallon, Deep Blue-Green. Reproduction metal cap. Sparkling glass, Faint round fisheye bruise on the shoulder. Unmarked base. Circa 1860s. Rare in this large size – North American Glass

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

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

Support: The Hemingray Glass Firms by Bill Lockhart, Beau Schriever, Bill Lindsey, and Carol Serr with contributions by Bob Stahr and David Whitten

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