However, I have never found any concrete evidence to back up this claim.
of Wellsburgh, WV; Poughkeepsie Glass Works of Poughkeepsie, NY; the Hawley Glass company of Hawley, PA; and two Canadian glass makers Sydenham Glass of Wallaceburgh, Ontario and Dominion Glass Co. There were also variations of the Lightning jar produced in Australia. When first made these jars were often sold as commercial packing jars that homemakers later used for canning. Price is usually determined by size, style and especially color.
There were some reproduction amber Lightning jars from Taiwan produced in the 1980s.
Variations of the glass lid and wire-bale scheme of the Lightning jar were produced for home canning into the 1960s.
The earliest advertisements for the Lightning jar date back to the year 1885. Putnam was the man behind the marketing of the Lightning jars and making them popular. Putnam also held exclusive ownership of the patents, and for many years, claimed the impressive profits from selling the jars.
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 freed farm families from having to rely on pickle barrels, root cellars, and smoke houses to get through the winter.
For urban families, Mason Jars allowed excess fruits and vegetables to be preserved for use later.
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.