I was nicely surprised on how popular the last collection was. Or is it due to the Olympics finishing? Anyway, I thought that I would share another of my Agee jar collection. Notice the ‘Queen’ word is missing? Yes these are the plain jars that you can still buy in Op shops, although word on the street is that they are getting harder and harder to come by. Made for preserving, the common Agee preserving jars come in two types; newer ones and more thick-walled older ones. Of course mine are the old ones. I love the heavy glass (depression) and the shape of them.
Antique Agee jars are eagerly sought by collectors, and are bought and sold not only through antique stores, but also on auction sites such as eBay and Trademe. The value of a jar is related to its age, rarity, and condition. It can be determined by its colour, shape, mould and production marks, and closure. Most antique jars that aren’t colourless are in some shade of aqua. Coloured jars were considered better for canning use, as they block some light from reaching the food, which helps to retain flavour and nutritional value longer. More rarely, jars will turn up in amber, and occasionally in darker shades of green. Rarer still are cobalt blues, blacks, and milk glass jars. Some dodgy dealers will irradiate jars to bring out colours not original to the jar.
My Agee jars were bought from Dunbar Sloane in a box lot 12 years ago. I have so many ideas for them, but at the moment they are housing my necklace collection (another blog to share that). I must have had a lot of time on my hands as I have colour co-ordinated all of my necklaces, popped them into the Agee jars and put them in my wardrobe. This makes it really easy to grab a necklace to go with what I am wearing. For me, it is also beautiful to see the glass jars full of colours lined up on a shelf.
I’m loving all the ideas for Agee jars popping up in magazines and websites. Seeing the jars used as tea light holders, light fittings and vases are fashionable. Once I have sorted my necklace collection out, I think I will find cork stoppers to fit them and use them in my pantry. Goggle search and share any good ideas below. Unless your name is Steve! Your ideas don’t fit this G rated blog!