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Size Really Matters #6

Three Cheltenham and Hereford Breweries Chelt Ale for quart, pint and half pint bottles.  The labels are 97mm, 79mm and 70mm tall and were in use in the 1950s until the merger with the Stroud Brewery Co. in 1958 to form West Country Breweries. If these labels are sold on an internet website, you can see why an accurate description including the size of the label is necessary, and a scrap of a tape measure may not give the full picture.Cheltenham & Hereford

Size Really Matters #4

I am really pleased with this response.  So much so, that I will add another now instead of waiting until tomorrow. Here are two Nut Brown Ale labels from John Richdale of Sheffield. The half pint label is 68mm tall and the pint is 89mm tall. These are probably in the last series issued before the takeover by Hammonds United Breweries in 1956.Richdale

Size Really Matters #2

Three comments!!! Must be a record. So here are the pint and half pint labels for Chesters Extra Stout. The pint label is 84mm tall and the half pint 66mm. I believe these labels were in use in the 1950s.

I can remember waiting on in the Swan Hotel at Weaste some years ago. It was Threlfalls Bitter and Chesters ‘Fighting Mild’.Chesters

I am frequently asked why I am so obsessive about the exact size of the labels I buy and sell. Many collectors have decided to collect one example of a particular label. Others, myself included, like to obtain a number of variations in design, colour, shape and size. Following the positive feedback about the ‘spot the difference’ posts, where even experienced collectors have found variations they were previously unaware of, I am extending the idea to size differences. Many breweries produced identical designs to go on quart, pint and half pint bottles. Sometime the size difference is only a matter of a couple of millimeters, that’s one tenth of an inch in old money. The three Beasley Treble Star labels are 83mm, 74mm and 67mm tall. That’s why I like a fairly accurate size on a label description. What do you think??

Beasley