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Antique amber-colored Beaver fruit jar may command $5K

Grandma's fruit jars may be worth more than the delicious preserves they contained, based on bidder response to the various fruit jar offerings in Maple Leaf Auctions' current sale.

CARLETON PLACE, ON -- Antique and vintage fruit jars are at the center of an auction going on

Beaver fruit jar

Headlining Maple Leaf Auctions current sale is this amber-colored fruit jar. The half gallon jar is a Beaver type, made in Canada between 1880 and 1900. It is expected to realize between $4,000 and $6,000. (All photos courtesy Maple Leaf Auctions)

now, and one fruit jar is conservatively estimated to bring over $5,000.

Scott Wallace of Maple Leaf Auctions of Carleton Place, Ontario organizes two online auctions a year comprised of high-end general store collectibles, like old bottles, crocks and tins. In the current auction, open to bidding now until Nov. 14, an amber colored American half-gallon size Beaver jar, is estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.

Wallace describes the jar as “important and stunning”.

“If a collector aspired to own only one preserve jar – this would be the one to own," he adds.

While the size is known as an American half-gallon, the jar was certainly made in Canada. All of the Beaver type jars are Canadian and date from 1880 to 1900. Other jars in the sale are estimated to sell above the $1,000 mark including a very rare “Hamilton No. 4 Corker” with a pre-auction estimate of $3,000 to $4,000. Antique canning jars continue to generate interest from collectors of general store and country store collectibles, as well as bottle collectors.

Maple Leaf Auctions' online sale is open now and closes on Saturday November 14 at 6pm EST. For more information, visit