Steven’s Patent Tin Top Jar

Provenance: Jerry McCann Collection

Here is a beautiful Stevens Tin Top groove-ring wax sealer jar in aqua. This is the second Stevens jar in our museum as we also have a variant Stevens Tin Top – Lewis & Neblett jar. You can see both examples together in a scrolling image above.

David E. Stevens and Richard F. Lumley patented two fruit jars in 1875. The pair filed for a patent on March 19 and received Patent No. 165,962 on June 22 that came to be called the Western Pride Self Sealing Fruit Jar. They filed for the second patent on June 30 and received Patent No. 165,962 on July 27 that became the Stevens Patent Tin Top Fruit Jar.

Advertising said that Shields, King & Co. were the exclusive manufacturers of Western Pride Self-Sealing Fruit Jars using glass caps. They said these jars were the lowest priced in the market and that no wrench was required and that is was easy to open. They said that the glass was the only material to come in contact with the fruit or preserves. No tin, iron or cement. Every jar was trimmed and inspected before being packed and shipped. This was a transitional moment in jar-making as the shift from tin to glass caps was in motion.

Shields, King & Co. also made the Steven’s Patent Tin-Top Jars and said they stood without rival as wax-sealing jars. This example is represented in our museum. This newspaper account below gives us a really good understanding of The Star Glass Works.

Support: Reference to Newark Star and the Everett Factory by Bill Lockhart, Beau Schreiver, Bill Lindsey, and Carol Serr

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

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