Two reasons for this post, firstly I quite like to highlight little differences, especially when I gather there were several people who didn’t notice the Barnsley Old Tom label in the recent Society Sale. It did feature as Spot the Difference #23, but that was quite a while ago, you can catch up HERE. This pair from Simonds of Reading cropped up as I was sorting labels for the next sale.
Secondly, all labels from the Spring Sale which were communicated by email will be mailed out tomorrow. SAE offers will be sent out as well, with details of success, but snail mail takes a lot more time and effort to get sorted.
We have tidied up the Brewers in Sussex page by adding a bottle label from Abbey’s Kemp Town Brewery. Our thanks go to Eric for providing the image. Now you get to see both cask labels from that brewery and a bottle label. Brewers in Sussex is HERE
Additionally we have published Brewers in East Anglia featuring brewers from the five counties, none of which have been a featured brewery, you can find them HERE
As part of the shift away from alphabetical listings of brewers of the past and the merging of the Brewers in .. series into their geographical areas, future additions to Label Galleries will be Brewers in … This will enable us to display a much wider range of old breweries. Today we have added Brewers in Sussex which you can find HERE
Plans are for Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex which I might call East Anglia minus Cambridge or East of East and of course Cambridge, Herts, Hunts and Beds which I might call West of East, which covers all of the East region.
Thanks go to Steve, Nick and Keith for providing some of the images, particularly when the ones I had needed an upgrade.
We have today added labels from David John & Co of the Pentre Brewery. You can find them HERE
We have also improved the look of the very early labels from Simpson’s of Baldock. You can find them HERE
And as part of our work to simplify the site and make it easier to find the images you want, the Brewers in… section has been moved to the appropriate region. So South East has a folder entitled Brewers in Kent which contains labels from Kentish brewers that don’t have their own folder. Brewers currently in this folder that have their own folder will be removed. Gradually all labels in the alphabetical sections will move to the appropriate region, labels in Brewers in Kent were first. Similarly for other regions of the UK. It will make it easier to increase the range of breweries featured in Gallery. Brewers in Sussex should appear in the next week or so.
The 2nd set of Scottish label sales will finish sometime next week. The 3rd set will then appear. However, due to unprecedented demand these five labels have now sold out. There are only small numbers of some of the others. Get in now!
Following on from the pair of different sized Wee Murray labels, an online conversation with interested collectors has tempted me to post this pair of Pale Ale labels. I believe these are fairly early examples, before WW2, but the question they raise is: are these different labels, or is there just a bit more ink used on one of them? Not revealing which one though. Sadly comments are still invisible on the website, but I can still read them and I would like to know your thoughts.
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