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Last blog post before I set off for Swindon. Not only two completely different versions of the Nut Brown but both the pint, 82mm tall and half pint 68mm tall, labels for just one of the variations. You know what the question is: does anyone know if there is a half pint version of the label on the left?


Size really matters #24; Mowbray & Co Ltd

A recent ‘find’ of the larger of these two Mild Ale labels from Mowbray’s Grantham Brewery has prompted this post. Too often, labels are missed because there is no indication of the size and you can’t always tell from a photo which version it is. It also looks as if the larger label was in use earlier than the smaller. 94mm and 77mm tall.

It’s been a while since we featured a pair of labels in this category and a long time since Mason & Co of  the Waterside Brewery in Maidstone appeared in our blog. For many collectors every slight variation is important and when there are large differences like this, we can’t understand why many sellers of quality labels do not realise how important it is. Lovely labels, lovely sizes, 104mm and 93mm tall.

First one of these for a few months; I realise it is a bit of a specialised subject aimed at the dedicated collector, but this one also serves as an advertisement for The Berwick Breweries Ltd page in our featured brewery section. You can find it HERE.

These two could also be a Spot the Difference entry as the labels have undergone a design change rather than simply an

Just so that it is firmly out there. A half pint and a pint label from the Black Eagle Brewery, Westerham, dating from the 1930s, before they had to put the contents on the label. More labels from Bushell, Watkins, Smith Ltd can be found HERE.

Bushell's Size

There were pint and half pint labels for Fielder’s Stout, Special Bitter and Brown Ale introduced when they were registered as a limited company in 1947. Previous to this the labels all appear to be one size. We have added another four labels to the Fielder section in our featured breweries. Thanks to Geoff for sending in the missing images.

Size really matters

Good to see such interest in the Mackeson Milk Stout label. Thanks to Dale for sending in this pair of Milk Stout labels, presumably for the pint and half pint bottles. The pint label is different from the one illustrated in 10oz Pure Dairy Milk #1 and I believe was issued later. I also think the half pint label goes with the earlier pint label.

Mackeson - Milk Stout

It is a long time since we featured a ‘Size really matters’ and I think that is part of the reason that a growing number of labels for sale on a well known internet auction site dont tell us what we need to know. I can’t be more blunt;  Size really does matter. to illustrate here are the half pint and pint labels for Hole’s Olde English Strong Ale. They also feature an accurate representation of Newark Castle.

Castle Spot the diff

For about thirty years I had assumed that the large Newcastle Breweries labels were destined for pint bottles. Then a couple of weeks ago I saw a Special Pale Ale label on a well known internet auction site. Fortunately the seller of the label always includes the height of a label in the description, well done Mark, so now I have three variants. So are these labels half pint, pint and quart or nip, half pint and pint? And are there all three sizes for each of the beers brewed at the time, which I think is the 1930s.  Sizes are 71mm, 82mm and 101mm.