Protector Fruit Jar

Provenance: Darrell Plank Collection

Our museum specimen of a honey-amber quart Protector jar was patented in Philadelphia on February 12, 1867, by F. & J. Bodine (Frank L. Bodine & J. Nixon Bodine). The jar is embossed PROTECTOR vertically on one of six sides. The embossing side panel is recessed.

It was called a Patent Protector Fruit Jar because the top could be sealed air-tight and opened and closed without damaging the cover. The jars are typically found in aqua half-gallons, quarts and pints so our colored example is extremely rare.

The Protector jars used metal lids with arms which turned on the inclines of the neck of the jars and then tightened the rubber on to the ground edge of the jar mouth. The result was a combined lid and clamp, in one piece, that closed or opened the jar with a slight turn, and without injury to the cover. You could do this repeatedly making the container very user-friendly and secure to keep your goods from spoiling. The jars were later made at the Cohansey Glass Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia in the mid 1870s.

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

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