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As doing these pairs appears to have become habit forming. Here is today’s second pair.

Garne comparative

One very obvious difference between these two, but can you see the more subtle ones. At least 3 or 4 I think, have a close look. You may be surprised.

Spot The Difference Challenge

Whilst I am perfectly happy, searching thru my collection for other interesting comparative pairs for your amusement / education. Why not help me out here and have your own search for pairs of labels, which are basically similar. However they need to show subtle differences, such as the examples I have posted over the last couple of months. Who can come up with a pair of similar labels (yes, from the same brewery & for the same beer), which has the greatest number of differences.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to scan the labels side by side & forward to me via our ‘Getting in Touch’ page.

Thanks in advance for all those interesting labels scans.

Cheers Peter D

While I am logged on lets go for #6 as well. Although bottled within a couple of months of each other, there is an interesting design change here.

Davenports comparative

In saying this I am not referring to the bottler number either. Please feel free to reply to this post and perhaps, you know which companies the bottlers numbers refer to. If so why not let us know.

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Well, you have had a couple of weeks without me posting anything to stimulate the old grey cells. So I thought I would start off with this pair, to get the ball rolling once again.Matthews comparative

Not giving too much away this time, just two differences to spot (I think)

Spot The Difference #4 – Phipps & Co.

As both Phipps & Northampton Brewery joined forces, I thought this would be a good follow up to #3.

Phipps comparative

Very little difference between these two, except for the dreaded apostrophe. I have no wish to start a major debate on the rights & wrongs of its use, so enough said!

As it has been some time since #2 and now that holidays are over & work under control for the present. I thought I would provide another pair of similar labels for you to compare.

NBC comparative

 Once again the labels both appear to be from a similar time period. However one bears the words “Trade Mark”, whilst the other does not. The label without the “Trade Mark” also has the addition of “Ltd” and very correct punctuation. You would imagine that the label bearing just “Co.” to be the earlier. However the the very correct punctuation on the other label, might indicate this is earlier. What do you think?

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Although I have received very few (one) comments in response to my first Spot the Difference, as I threatened here comes #2

Sometimes you notice very slight differences, that had previously escaped your attention. The label on the left arrived recently, an eBay purchase.


Brutton Mitchell Toms comparative

The inclusion of the comma after Mitchell and Toms, or the lack of them, both round the top and in the black box led me to wonder, if there were similar pairs of their other labels.

It seems the version with both commas is much more usual. Could it be that the brewery used the different styles to identify the printer responsible??

The labels would appear to be of the same period.

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Despite having collected labels on and off for over thirty years there is always a surprise waiting round the corner.


This is particularly true if you are deeply interested (or should that be really sad?) in finding the minute differences between different issues of  a particular label.

Gartsides comparative


The Old Tom on the left I have had in my collection for a number of years and until recently I assumed it was the only version around. Until that is I came across the one on the right, which I believe to be an earlier design of the label. At first sight it appears that it is just heavier ink deposition, but look closer & you will see the area of ‘grass’ the dog is standing on is definitely different. What other differences can you find?


If there is positive feedback (or any at all) on this post, I shall do my best to provide more examples of labels with small, but clearly discernible differences.