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A thank you to another of our contributors for this pair of Sobright, which I believe to be a Pale Ale, labels from Border breweries of Wrexham. There are some quite subtle differences here and we think there will be a few people out there looking through both their collection and their spares box.


On Saturday in the Brunswick, Derby, while looking through an album of Hampshire labels which one of our members had brought along, amongst the magnificent labels which many of us will never have in our collections I saw a pair of Imperial Pale Ale labels from the Victory Brewery. Now they are much more accessible and after a quick search through my spares, I found the example on the left. Another label added to the collection for over a thousand pounds less than a Flint of Canterbury label.

A slight change of direction today. The Stouts will be back tomorrow. A big thank you to one of our members for providing this pair of images of the James Hole label from the 1953 Coronation. Many of us have not seen this both of these labels before, the one on the left is certainly more familiar. The name Golden Age was continued for some years after 1953; perhaps their were slight changes made from the original.

No prizes for noticing the dozen or so differences between these two Nourishing Stout labels from James Deuchar of the Duddingston Brewery in Edinburgh. However, there are a ton of brownie points if you can provide approximate dates for the two labels.

A trio today. Not our usual, here is a design difference you may not have noticed before, which has helped many a collector find labels to add to their collection at little cost. No-one is going to pick up one of these three for next to nothing. However, I guess many of you will be happy to gaze and hope. It is also an opportunity to point out that Fullers are one of our Corporate members and as well as having a prominent position on our website, a wonderful display of their labels can be found in our gallery HERE

Unusual to feature a label from Watney on here, but this pair does raise a few questions. Is this a Combes label? The trade mark is certainly pre merger, but the whole label design says Watney. We could have put this in the mystery label section. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

A first I thought this was just another of those slightly different colour pairs, but these Strong Ale labels from Alloa contain a myriad of tiny differences. We could have used this in a competition to see who can find the most. Let’s get a few responses in this time.

Today’s pair are the result of a speculative bid at a recent auction because there was no interest in the three labels offered. It even took a couple of days before I looked at the labels to find the larger example appeared to be different from the one already in the collection and not just the depth of colour. I do like it when this happens.

Another post with a twin purpose. Thanks to Nick once again, for providing the images for this post and for additions to the featured brewery upload.

It took me a while to sort the difference between these two Vale of Neath Mild Ale labels apart from the slight colour variation. Obvious once you see it.

The images from Evan Evans Bevan Ltd can be found HERE

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