International Society of Label Collectors & British Brewery Research

Thanks to Geoff who sent in all four images of the Magnet Pale Ale. I had to work quite hard to sort out the differences and I will be looking very closely at future sales. I know several collectors who will be looking to add to their collection for only a pound or two.

We have just added a number of labels to the Magee, Marshall & Co Ltd page of our Featured Brewery section. And to whet your appetite here is one of the additions, an early Oatmeal Stout label together with the more common later example. Magee’s labels can be found HERE.

At the weekend, I was offered a Chester Northgate Old Chester Strong Ale label. Luckily, labels from that brewery are in our Featured Brewery section. Close examination revealed small differences in the ‘Brewed and Bottled’ section. I couldn’t resist it. How pleased do you think I was when I got home to find a size difference as well.


These two have raised a few questions. As we were updating the entries for Cobb & Co of Margate, which incidentally you can find HERE, there were pairs of labels with a slightly altered wording for where it was bottled and the registration of the company name in 1947. For the Pale Ale and Margate Stout there was also a change of colour. For these Strong Ale labels only the bottling is changed. Why? Are they both pre-1947?


Such was George Younger’s sizeable overseas trade, sometimes the same beer received a different name, depending on which part of the world it was destined for. Could this be the case here. The Double Scotch Ale is probably for the American market destined for Scottish immigrants. The Double Brown is more likely to be going to Australasia. Who knows? Thanks to Dale for sending in these images. scan010

Two versions of Harman’s XXXX Strong illustrating the two trademarks used before the second world war. The monogram uses the early abbreviation for Limited which was falling out of use in the 1920s. Both labels use the later abbreviation for the company name. We would be very interested to know when the Uxbridge Arms was adopted and it’s origin. More Harman’s labels will shortly be added to our featured brewery section.


Geoff sent a few scans of missing labels from Portsmouth & Brighton United, they will appear soon. The one that really surprised me is on the left. I have never thought to look closely at the wording round the edge. The one on the right is the only one I have without ‘Portsmouth’ following the brewery name. I shall look more closely in future. In the meantime, are there collectors with the other labels in this series that don’t have the extra ‘Portsmouth. And why is it there? The Brighton connection closed many years before these labels.


Portsmouth & Brighton

Two very slightly different Nut Ale labels from Mew Langton of Newport Isle of Wight. Just an excuse really to tell you that the Featured Brewery area South East has ben split into South and South East. South has labels from breweries in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire, South East has Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Middlesex seems to have disappeared. This should make navigation a lot easier, especially as more breweries are set to be added over the next couple of weeks. We have added labels to the Mew Langton, Wethereds, Kings of Syresham and John Hair, a set from the Shanklin Brewery and more to come. The Shanklin labels can be found here.

Mew Nut Ale

I promise this will be the last images posted of Mackeson’s Milk Stout, but the question needs to be asked. Which of these two is the earlier issue? Did I get it slightly wrong right from the beginning?

Mackeson std - Milk Stout

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