What’s New – Winter 2016

A few new boxes to report – just one more and the new revision of Rings & Things III can get underway. Thanks to Danny Lawson for the A093 Aster from the mysterious Brazil Rubber Co. And thanks to Russ & Roberta Shields for round box #76 – E029 “Eclat” Mason Jar Rings. Other new boxes include the T081 Top Seal and W140 Woodscraft.

Fall 2015 – What’s New

Just 3 new boxes to report:  S226 Statite Fruit Jar Rubbers with no manufacturer or distributor information, V044 Viceroy Crown Fruit Jar Rings, and W135 Winfield Supreme Brand.  Also, an improved color photo has added for W015 Wadhams Super Thick.

I’m happy to report that we only need for find a mere 5 new boxes for Supplement 4 of Rings & Things III to be complete.  The second revision of the book will follow shortly thereafter.  Happy Collecting!

Summer and New Stuff

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer sunshine!  Of course, here in California we’re in the midst of a drought, while those folks further east have more water than they can handle.  It may be better to stay inside, sip a glass of iced tea and admire your collection!  New boxes include Q013 Quality Brand, S121 Security Fruit Jar Rings (stamped with proprietor name), and S186 Simon Pure, similar to the Tulip boxes.

Just for the record, there are now 1,027 known different jar rings boxes!

A Few New Things

Over the winter, just a few new additions:  C033 Classic Brand, F013 Fairlawn Jar Rubbers, V097 Victory Brand.  There’s also a new sealing wax box listed in the Fruit Jar Rings album.  Thanks to Jim Sears for letting us know about the new Facebook group for all fruit jar go-withs.  I will be adding some new items to the Fruit Jar Tools album as time permits.

November 2014 – Some New Stuff!

Okay, so it’s been a long time since anything new has shown up, but now it’s a bonanza.  B181 The B C Co. Brand is the 75th reported round box, M076 Mason Pints and P241 Pure Gum Rings are both plain but old.  All the rest are variations on Canadian boxes that haven’t been previously reported.  See C091 Co-op, D119, D134, D136 Dominion variations,  P092 Perfect Seal, S091 Seal-Tite and V046 Viceroy.  There are also upgraded photos for C100 Co-op and J030 Jar Rubbers.   I probably won’t be posting anything more until after the New Year so I wish you all happy and safe holidays.

March 2014 – A Bit of New, a Bit of Interest

It’s been a slow winter, the only new box to report is T032 Thistle Jar Rings, reported round ring box Number 74.

Hopkins catalog

The catalog page pictured is from the A.S. Hopkins Co. of Sacramento CA catalog of 1904.  As far as I can tell, the Ashco is the only known box that has the Hopkins Co. name on it.  Of course, there are several listed that have yet to be found/reported.


I really never thought I’d let 5 months go by without posting what’s new, but I’m getting older and time is going faster.  Maybe you already knew that.  Thanks to new collector David Carver for the new listings L072 Liberty and P247 Pure Rubber.  Other new boxes are the T023 Telmo and E044 Emerald.  There’s also a new variation of the U.S. Security U054 United States Rubber Products instead of U.S. Rubber Company.

Here’s living proof that restoration is priceless.  Many thanks to Herb Karcher for the great job he did restoring this Emerald box for me:



Rings & Things III Supplement 3, Comment Spam, New Stuff

Supplement 3 has just been completed and sent via email to all my purchasers of record. If you have a book, but have not received the supplement, please let me know and I will send it via email immediately.
On another note, because I got really really tired of removing 75 to 100 drug-pushing comments daily from my inbox, you now must answer a simple math question in order to post a comment, just so I know you’re actually human.
And, lastly the new boxes M134 Monadnock for Lightning, P246 Pure Rubber Fruit Jar Rings (both round boxes) and J031 Jar Rubbers.

New for July 2013

Just a couple of new boxes since last time, the C014 Cardinal Brand Nuway and P163 Plu-Nel. Also, the variation of the Good (Swastika) Luck G141 Old Style Lightning Seal.

Here is a scan of the R.E. Tongue & Bros. ad  mentioned in the last post.  I guess it’s actually a catalog listing, circa summer of 1926 catalog. Interesting how they describe the Big Chief as their “Best Seller”, when those boxes seem to be pretty scarce.  It seems to me the Lustre is the really common one, with the Excelsior and Ruby falling into the moderate range. Anyway, interesting ad, thought I’d share it. Just click on the picture to see the ad full size.  Full color photos of everything except the Black Knight can be found in the Fruit Jar Rings Album.  This copy of the catalog page was in some of the papers that came with the Jim DeGrado collection, but I believe it’s Larry Munson who has the original page.

Some Clarification and How to Use the Website… and Some New Stuff

First of all, I’d just like to set the record straight – The photos you see here are NOT all in my collection! I comb eBay as well as other online sites, and happily accept contributions of photos from other collectors of items I don’t have. While my collection is pretty impressive (I think anyway), I don’t own every item pictured here.
Secondly, there seems to be a little confusion as to where to find said photos. First, click on “Fruit Jar Rings Album” (in that black strip just above this article), that will bring up an alphabetical listing “Jar Rings A”, “Jar Rings B”, etc. Click on the letter of your choice, and that will bring up all the boxes listed under that letter. Click on each individual photo and you will see manufacturer information as well as estimated value and availability. New items are being added all the time.
Speaking of new items: B296 Black Knight – this photo was found in an old black & white R.E. Tongue & Bros. ad showing all their various brands – Lustre, Ruby, Excelsior, etc. but I’ve never seen this one. If you have it, please send color photo! Also see: C216 Cupples Presto, F160 Fulton, H032 Happy Hour, R251 Royal Blue Stores (variant), U091 Uncle William (variant), and V098 Victory.