Kilner jar

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A Kilner jar from no later than 1928
The open jar

A Kilner jar is a rubber-sealed, screw-topped jar used for the storage of food, which was invented by the Kilner family and produced by John Kilner & Co., Yorkshire, England.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

The Kilner Jar was originally made by a firm of glass bottlemakers from Yorkshire called Kilner.[4] The original Kilner bottlemakers, operated from 1842 when the company was first founded until when 1937 when the company went into bankruptcy. In 1937 there was a bankruptcy sale, in which the patent rights to the "Kilner Jar" were sold to the United Glass Bottle company along with the rights to the very similar "Mason" jar that had also been made by Kilner.

In 2000, The Rayware Group purchased the design, patent and trademark of the original Kilner jar and continues to produce them today.[5]

Other[edit]

In a episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are, Top Gear television presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, found out that he was the great, great, great, great grandson of John Kilner.[6]

Different names of the company[edit]

The various names of the Kilner companies were:

  • John Kilner and Co, Castleford, Yorkshire, 1842–44
  • John Kilner and Sons, Wakefield, Yorkshire, 1847–57
  • Kilner Brothers Glass Co, Thornhill Lees, Yorkshire, 1857–73 also at Conisbrough, Yorkshire, 1863–1873
  • Kilner Brothers Ltd, Thornhill Lees, Yorkshire 1873–1920 also at Conisbrough, Yorkshire, 1873–1937.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grace's Guides: The Best of British Engineering - Kilner Brothers, Grace's Guide, 5 February 2008, (Accessed May 2011)
  2. ^ Shephard, Sue (2001) Pickled, potted, and canned: how the art and science of food preserving changed the world, Simon & Schuster
  3. ^ Wagstaffe, Reginald and John Havelock Fidler (eds) (1968) The Preservation Of Natural History Specimens. Volume Two - Zoology - Vertebrates. Also Botany & Geology. H. F. & G. Witherby. London
  4. ^ BBC, WDYTYA? Series One: Celebrity Gallery, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory/get_started/wdytya_s1_celeb_gallery_04.shtml
  5. ^ Why we love the Kilner jar, Homemaker Magazine, http://homemakermagazine.co.uk/why-we-love-the-kilner-jar
  6. ^ Jeremy Clarkson, Who Do You Think You are Magazine (2009) http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/episode/jeremy-clarkson accessed Jan 2014)