The Wee Murray Pale Ale label from the Craigmillar Brewery in Edinburgh is not particularly scarce, but how many collectors are aware of a second smaller example, probably for a half pint bottle. I suspect the reason I have posted this is to be able to wonder why they didn’t call the half pint bottle Wee Wee Murray
Couldn’t resist. The small one is 82mm tall, the other is much bigger.
Thanks to Nick for prompting this post. He sent an image of a Simonds label and asked about the apostrophe. Rather than just post that image and the question, I decided to combine it into Spot The Difference #175 and Size Really Matters #27. So when did Simonds drop the apostrophe? IN the smaller label, it is clear it has just been erased and no attempt made to adjust the position of the name. I think the Ld abbreviation dates it to the 1930s or earlier. The 1947 Royal Tour labels have no apostrophe. So anyone with any more information? Nick’s original image, which prompted the question is here as well, because I like it.
I thought I would get in a reply to Denis’ letter in the latest edition of our Newsletter.
Denis is quite correct. The size of labels is important, and I too wonder why sellers do not bother to include in their listings.
Every so often I just send a ‘What size is this label please?’ note to every seller without sizes. I also have a rule not to give a 5 star rating for description if there is not an indication of size.
It is the reason for this theme on our blog.
The label on the left is relatively common and would sell for less than £5 on eBay. The one on the right does not come up very often and I guess, would command a much higher price.
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?
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.
Several people have asked me when this series of labels would feature the Star Brewery of Eastbourne. Wait no longer, here are the pint and half pint Diamond Ale labels.
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 enlargement.
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.