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Lightning jars represent an important advancement in the history of home canning and are still a part of American culture.Some historians suggest that the term "white lightning" may have been inspired not only from the effect of ingesting homemade corn whiskey but by the name of the jars the whiskey was frequently stored in.
Lately, these jars have sold for more on on-line auctions such as e Bay.
Lewis Boyd filed a patent in 1869 for "an improved mode of preventing corrosion in metallic caps" i.e. This innovation kept food from coming in contact with the zinc in the screw caps.
Boyd was actually one of three men who gained control of the patent for screw caps and jars originally filed by John L. "Boyd's Porcelain Lined Caps" or zinc screw lids for mason jars were made well into the 20th century (at least the 1950s) and were interchangeable with the millions of mason jars made by hundreds of different manufacturers.
They are quart sized and have new and what I would say are sloppy looking wires.
They have smooth lips, are dark amber in color and have Putnam 227 on the base. There could be legitimate Lightning jars with Putnam 227 on base, although I've never actually asked anyone if they have one in their collections.