Fruit Jar collectors from the USA and Canada may well be amazed to hear that there are very few different types of fruit jar from Europe and the UK in particular. Those that do exist are therefore quite rare. Note that UK jars do not fit neatly into pint and quart categories. I have checked and our "large" jars are NOT quarts as they take about a pint and one third of liquid. The makers classed them by weight so our large jars are often embossed 2lb and the small/half size jars are 1lb. Just to confuse matters we do have a few 3lb jars too !
Please note. I have provided a full listing of known UK fruit jars below so collectors know what might occasionally turn up
We will update this page with more fruit jars as we come across them. In the meantime reserve anything which interests you and if you want any particular continental or UK jars please let us know.
UK FRUIT JAR LISTING
The KILNER Jar. Two or three known varieties. Comes in aqua and clearglass. UK's commonest jar
The FORSTER Jar. Again, several varieties. Also known in aqua and clearglass. Second most common UK jar -ALL others are very rare
IDEAL Probably the UK's best fruit jar, monogram trade mark and only known in aqua
HOME preserving Jar. Very rare jar known only in half size and in clearglass. Seen only one in 20 years.
HOMEBIZ Jar. Similar to above, half size, clearglass and have only ever had one
RYLANDS CLIMAX HOUSEHOLD Jar. Very rare jar in clearglass - never seen this one myself.
All the above are "TRUE" Fruit jars though note that in the UK they are refered to as PRESERVING JARS (for preserving fruit & Veg !!) They all have Mason-like metal screw on lids, often with a glass top
There are some jars which do not have this type of closure. They include the LIPTONS jar, The ROBERTSONS jar and few more.There is also the STEPHENS jam jar which some people think may be a fruit jar too. They were closed with a cardboard lid or similar.If you have or know of any other UK fruit jars I would like to hear from you.
E-mail for information etc