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The makers of Boyd fruit jars are different from the "Boyd" milk glass inserts.
Some of the Boyd jars were made by the Greenfield Fruit Jar and Bottle Company in Greenfield, IN while others were made by the Illinois Glass Company/Illinois Pacific Glass Company.
These jars carry the familiar embossing "Mason's Patent Nov. This date refers to the original patent date, not the actual date of manufacture.
Jars carrying this embossing, often with other monograms, numbers, letters, etc., were widely produced until about 1920. The identities of many actual manufacturers are unknown.
There were some reproduction amber Lightning jars from Taiwan produced in the 1980s.At the end of the day the blower and his team would get paid for the amount of jars they produced as determined by the number of jars made with a given number on them. Later, when glass making went to machine the numbers represented the mold or machine the jar was made from (usually 4-8 molds per machine or one to several machines per factory.) That way the plant manager could check quality control, production, etc.There is a rumor that jars with the number 13 were more valuable because superstitious people were afraid to can in them, broke them or threw them away.These jars date from the 1910's and 1920's and have no relation to Lewis Boyd. The only source that I know of today where these rings can be found is at or you can get boxes of the old gaskets on e Bay.It is very difficult to determine the age of a fruit jar without seeing it.
Square jars were considered a design improvement because a homemaker could stack more jars together in less space thus allowing a family to put up more food in their small cellars or cupboards.