Collecting Vintage French Canning Jars

 

Vintage French canning jars are a staple in our home. They are not just useful, but also a joy to see!  These vintage canning jars with or without a paper French label, are a perfect way to start a collection of antique and vintage glass pieces. Collecting Vintage French Glass Jars and displaying them in your home adds simple decorative beauty to any room.

 

 

Whenever I am shopping with my special French dealers, one of the things I always look for are antique and vintage glass storage jars, or canning jars.  Often with applied antique labels featuring the most spectacular fruit varieties that make your imagination soar to the orchards of France in summer time.  The ones with the labels are obviously for decorative purposes only, the labels are antique and were applied by the French sellers, to turn an every day item from the cuisines of France into a “better than ever” accent for our homes now.

 

 

 

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These antique and vintage storage and canning jars were all made in the early 1930’s, in factories near Folembray, France.

 

 

Beautiful in their utilitarian way, our vintage French canning jars are made from heavy glass in clear, aqua and green hues, they have metal hinges. Now retired from their original use in canning, they can provide storage of dried items such as tea bags, coffee, sugar, pasta etc.on your kitchen counter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are a stylish French Country storage solution for your antique silverware, or wooden spoons.

 

 

 

 

I love displaying silverware in a French canning jar when I set up a buffet, because it’s an unexpected touch!

 

 

 

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These French jars true beauty shines when embraced as a glass vase showcasing a gorgeous bouquet of fresh flowers.  Never has this Citron labeled jar looked more stunning than in the home of my friend Shirley, from Housepitality Designs!

 

 

 

Collecting Vintage French Glass Jars
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Scenes from our garden from years past, our jars get a good workout in the spring and summer months, decorated with their floral crowns.

 

 

 

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Originally used for canning and storage, they are beautiful enough to display all by themselves.   Looking at our own collection here in our kitchen, I am transported back to a little farmhouse in the south of France, with the smell of fruit pies baking wafting through the air.  Who doesn’t love to day dream of that?!
 

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Another type of glass I buy and bring back to our shop are the antique French apothecary jars. These jars and bottles were used in pharmacies and general stores around the turn of the last century.

 

 

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My most favorites are the ones with the “tole” tops, often painted blue, black, green, or more rare to find, red.  They are wonderful displayed in a group, I especially love when our clients group them together with antique books in their library, or gentleman’s home office.  They have such a past, and add instant history to any room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A different type of apothecary jar, this squared shaped one bears its original label from 1884.

 

 

 

 

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The really big ones make a WOW statement.  I’ve used these on a bar in a client’s home for holding champagne corks {from bottles they had the pleasure of sharing together with family and friends} –  some have been used as a work of art, empty and given the respect it deserved. The graphic nature of the labels are sublime.

 

 

There are so many different kinds of antique and vintage glass jars to collect and admire.

Each of these is a lovely piece of French history.

 

 

 

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One of my very favorites, the bee label makes it especially charming, non?  It’s a candy jar that was used in a general store in a small village in France, long ago.  I can only imagine what sweet delights made with honey came from this jar.

 

 

 

 

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The larger jars are just as decorative as well as useful, each has their own personality and stories to share of their past in a French life.

 

 

 

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Another favorite find from our last buying trip, this glass apothecary jar has a decorative monogram on the front of G I F. It has a rare bright green color, and is a stunning way to show off your favorite garden flowers, unfussy and easy to style. Found in France, it’s a fabulous statement making larger size, 2 liters.

 

 

French Utilitarian Glass makes a decorative statement displayed all by itself or in a collection.  This glass is beautiful, and still very affordable. A perfect way to start a collection of antique and vintage glass pieces.

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