Mason’s Patent 1858 Tudor Rose Pickle Pusher

Provenance: Darrell Plank Collection

This large half-gallon in a brilliant yellow-amber is a sight to behold. With a richer color than most known examples, it is very rare.

This front embossed MASON’S PATENT NOV. 30TH 1858 jar is different in a number of ways. First, there is an image of a snowflake or now commonly called ‘Tudor Rose’ embossed on the reverse side. It is called a ‘Pickle Pusher Jar’ because it has a Mason Disk Protector Cap with a milk glass pickle-pusher within. It was always difficult to get that last cucumber in. There is an “A32 over B7” embossed on the base.

According to jar authority Doug Leybourne, the ‘Tudor Rose’ jars can be found in clear and aqua midget pints, quarts and half gallons. There is also a quart that comes in ‘Ball Blue’ which is pictured above. Sky blue quarts are also reported. These jars can be found if carefully looking. There are also rarer midget pints in apple green, light olive green, yellow olive green, and medium olive green. It is when you start looking at colored quarts and half gallons that the rarity, and of course price, increases. The amber (quart and half-gallon), yellow-amber (quart and half-gallon), and even olive green jars (quart) are highly desirable to jar collectors.

There is also conjecture that the emblem is a flower or seedling representing Demeter who in ancient Greek religion and mythology, is the goddess of harvest and agriculture, presiding over grains and the fertility of the earth. Demeter was frequently associated with images of the harvest, including flowers, fruit, and grain.

The pickle pusher incorporated into the cap is interesting as it was usually an effort to get the last pickle in a jar. Pickles are created by immersing fresh fruits or vegetables in an acidic liquid or saltwater brine until they are no longer considered raw or vulnerable to spoilage. When we think of pickles, cucumbers commonly come to mind.

Early in the 1850s, the Scottish chemist James Young patented paraffin wax, which created a better seal in jars used to preserve food. Then in 1858, John Mason of Philadelphia patented the first Mason jar, made from a heavyweight glass that could withstand high temperatures during the canning process. Mason’s patent expired in 1879, but manufacturers of similar jars continued to use the Mason name. Though the proprietor is unknown, this would represent a jar that was ordered from a major eastern glass house in the last quarter of the 18th century.

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

Support Images: Quart in Ball Blue. Closure: Good original lugged Mason Disk Protectector Cap with milk glass pickle-pusher. Some small nibbles on the lower edge of the zinc. Appearance: Sparkling glass. Condition: Edge chips on the ground mouth. Embossing: Strong Tudor Rose side, Medium Mason side. Base: “A / 45” Age: Late 1800s. Availability: Scarce in this appealing color. – Greg Spurgeon and North American Glass.

Support Images: Size: Midget Pint. Color: Aquamarine, Closure: Fine correct original disk immerser cap with milk glass pickle pusher insert. Appearance: Shiny with a seedy glass character. Condition: Nice condition including a good ground rim with very little flaking. Strength of embossing: Tudor Rose is strong, Mason’s lettering is medium. Base: “A1” Age: late 1800s – Greg Spurgeon and North American Glass.

Support Images: Amber Mason’s 1858 Tudor Rose Half Gallon. A rare yellow-amber colored half gallon. A sharply embossed Tudor Rose or Snowflake emblem is on the reverse. Sparkling glass with no damage or stains. Has normal roughness of the ground mouth. Comes with a good complete correct pickle-pusher cap. An extremely rare jar with great shelf appeal. – Greg Spurgeon and North American Glass.

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