Millville hitall’s Paten – Half Quart

Provenance: Jerry McCann Collection

Here is a rather odd half-quart Millville Atmospheric Fruit Jar that was created by taking a ’rounded shoulder’ quart mold and adapting it to only make the top portion of the jar with the same bottom. The aqua jar is extremely rare.

The container is embossed in an arch ‘MILLVILLE’ on the reverse. The embossed ‘ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT JAR’ letters are not used beneath Millville. Most of the ‘W’ of ‘WHITALL’S’ and the last ‘T’ of ‘PATENT’ is missing from the arched ‘WHITALL’S PATENT’ letters on the front as no attempt to shift or reduce the embossed copy on the mold occurred.

Our museum example of a rounded shoulder half quart jar is hand blown with a tooled applied lip. The closure is a top seal (gasket in a lip groove) using a glass lid held down by a cast-iron yoke clamp with a thumbscrew.

We have also pictured a more common one-half pint ‘square shoulder’ example. You can see an example below and in the scrolling images above.

The museum has discussed and pictured the Whitall Patent, Whitall, Tatem & Company, and John M. Whitall of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania previously. You can review this information by selecting the links below.

See the museum example of a cobalt blue Millville Atmospheric Fruit Jar.

See the museum example of a Millville Improved WTCO (monogram) jar.

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 Image: Millville Atmospheric Fruit Jar half-pint. – Greg Spurgeon and North American Glass.

Support Image: Lot 5647: MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT JAR Half Pint. Aquamarine. Original glass lid and original cast iron yoke clamp with thumbscrew. Embossing: strong, note the lettered logos are truncated because the jar was blown in a cut-down pint mold. Base: unmarked. Age: late 1800s – Greg Spurgeon, North American Glass

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