Spring Jar & Bottle Auction – North American Glass

Apple-Touch-IconAYou can always expect a great grouping of Fruit Jars in the Greg Spurgeon North American Glass Auctions. This next auction, starting tomorrow, is no exception. Right off the bat, when I previewed the pieces this morning, I almost fell out of my chair with the Mason’s Patent 1858 Fruit Jar in cobalt blue. This will be fun to watch.


Dear Collector-

Our Spring Auction will open for bidding on Monday March 25th at the North American Glass website.

This sale includes a large variety of quality and colored glassware in several categories. Featuring the Malcolm Dieckow collection of colored Masons 1858 jars, the John Wolfe fruit jar collection from New York state, as well as a various bottle categories.

A full preview is now open for browsing. To view all lots in the auction, please visit our website here:


If you need any assistance with logging in or registration, just let us know and we will be glad to help.

Thank you,

Greg Spurgeon



(812) 466-6521

Lot 5064.

COBALT BLUE Masons Patent 1858 Quart

“This jar ranks among the most desirable of all collectible fruit jars, and is a superb example.”


Cobalt blue MASON’S PATENT 1858 quart – North American Glass



Closure: early lettered zinc cap

Appearance: shiny glass

Condition: normal roughness of the ground mouth with one thin flake on the inner edge not quite detached, as shown

Embossing: very strong

Base: “P” over “14”

Age: c1890-1910

Availability: Extremely rare. Only 3 examples are known to exist with this base embossing. This jar ranks among the most desirable of all collectible fruit jars, and is a superb example. Guaranteed to be authentic and over 100 years old. This jar, and a nearly identical version marked “P13” on the base, are believed to have been made to a special order(s) by Moore Brothers & Company of Clayton, NJ, around the turn of the 19th century. The intended purpose of the jar in this color is unknown. Like the cobalt Millville jars, some collectors have speculated that these may have been made for a pharmaceutical or sterile gauze use. The distinctive and unmistakable lettering style is found on common aqua Masons Patent jars marked on the base with the Moore Bros name. A rare opportunity to acquire a fantastic colored Mason jar. The last intact example placed up for auction was 15 years ago, when Alex Kerr’s example was sold. These come up so seldom that its possible another opportunity to add one of these rarities to your collection might not occur again for decades. Full provenance is available to the winning bidder.

Estimate: 25,000-35,000.


“P” over “14” base embossing on cobalt blue MASON’S PATENT 1858 quart – North American Glass


Cobalt blue MASON’S PATENT 1858 quart – North American Glass

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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