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[[File:bass-pale-ale.jpg|thumb|Pale Ale Label]]
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[[File:Trade Mark No 1 Bass.jpg|thumb|The registration of Trade Mark No 1 following the introduction of legislation]]
 
[[File:Bass M&B 1966 letterhead.jpg|thumb|Bass M&B letterhead 1966]]
 
[[File:Bass M&B 1966 letterhead.jpg|thumb|Bass M&B letterhead 1966]]
 
[[File: Bass Burton-2.jpg|thumb|Bass letterheads]]
 
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[[image:Bass Burton Steam engine.jpg|thumb|Burton steam engine]]
 
[[image:Bass Burton Steam engine.jpg|thumb|Burton steam engine]]
 
[[image:Bass Sentinel 1916.jpg|thumb|A 1916 Sentinel]]
 
[[image:Bass Sentinel 1916.jpg|thumb|A 1916 Sentinel]]
[[File:Bass postcar.jpg|thumb]]
 
 
[[File:HinckleyMuseum_BassArtefacts3.jpg|thumb|Bass artefacts]]
 
[[File:HinckleyMuseum_BassArtefacts3.jpg|thumb|Bass artefacts]]
 
[[File:HinckleyThreePots_BassAles.jpg|thumb|The old Three Pots Inn on the A5 at Hinckley]]
 
[[File:HinckleyThreePots_BassAles.jpg|thumb|The old Three Pots Inn on the A5 at Hinckley]]
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[[File:GeneralHavelock_BassLetter1962.jpg|thumb|Letter 1962]]
 
[[File:GeneralHavelock_BassLetter1962.jpg|thumb|Letter 1962]]
 
[[File:LondonNW3SirRichardSteele97_SP_June13.jpg|thumb|Bass lantern at the Sir Richard Steele, London NW3]]
 
[[File:LondonNW3SirRichardSteele97_SP_June13.jpg|thumb|Bass lantern at the Sir Richard Steele, London NW3]]
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[[File:BassInBottle53.jpg|thumb|Bass In Bottle]]
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[[File:Bass Blue Triangle 16,9,1977.jpg|thumb|Courtesy Roy Denison]]
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[[File:Cartoonists_visit.jpg|thumb|A cartoon by Gordon Honeysett following a visit to the Bass No2 Brewery sample room.]]
  
 
<big>'''Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd''', ''137 High Street, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire''</big>
 
<big>'''Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd''', ''137 High Street, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire''</big>
  
The Bass family were from Hinckley in Leicestershire, where they brewed beer and operated a carrier's business. William Bass (1717–1787) moved to Burton and founded his brewery there in 1777. When William died, his sons Michael Thomas Bass (1760-1827) and William Bass inherited the business. Michael Thomas took sole control of the business in 1795, and in 1796 he entered into partnership with John Ratcliff. At Michael Thomas's death, his son, a second Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884) took control of the company. This Michael Thomas Bass was MP for Derby from 1848 to 1883. John Gretton became a partner in the company in 1835.
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The Bass family were from Hinckley in Leicestershire, where they brewed beer and operated a carrier's business. William Bass (1717–1787) moved to Burton and founded his brewery there in 1777. When William died, his sons Michael Thomas Bass (1760-1827) and William Bass inherited the business. Michael Thomas took sole control of the business in 1795, and in 1796 he entered into partnership with John Ratcliff. At Michael Thomas's death, his son, a second [[Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884)]] took control of the company. This Michael Thomas Bass was MP for Derby from 1848 to 1883. John Gretton became a partner in the company in 1835.
  
The second (Middle) brewery opened on the north side of Station Street in 1853 and third (New) brewery on the south side of Station Street 1864. The Old Brewery was rebuilt 1884-1885, but most of this brewery was demolished in 1971; the water tower (1866) and offices (1886) survive on the east side of High Street.
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The second (Middle) brewery opened on the north side of Station Street in 1853 and third (New) brewery on the south side of Station Street 1864. The Old Brewery was rebuilt 1876, but most of this brewery was demolished in 1971; the water tower (1866) and offices (1886) survive on the east side of High Street.
  
 
Registered 1880 and was reconstructed 13th January 1888.
 
Registered 1880 and was reconstructed 13th January 1888.
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* [[James Eadie Ltd]] of Cross Street, Burton-upon-Trent, was taken over in 1933 and closed.
 
* [[James Eadie Ltd]] of Cross Street, Burton-upon-Trent, was taken over in 1933 and closed.
  
Merged with [[Mitchells & Butlers Ltd]]. 1961 to form [[Bass, Mitchells & Butlers Ltd]], which then merged with [[Charrington United Breweries Ltd]] in 1967 to become '''Bass Charrington Ltd'''.
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Merged with [[Mitchells & Butlers Ltd]]. 1961 to form [[Bass, Mitchells & Butlers Ltd]], which then merged with [[Charrington United Breweries Ltd]] in 1967 to become '''[[Bass Charrington Ltd]]'''.
  
Brewery demolished in 1971.  
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No 1 brewery opened 1968 and the Old or No 3 brewery demolished in 1971.  
  
Bought by Interbrew in 2000 and sold to Molson-Coors in 2002. Site of Middle brewery still used for brewing in much altered form: the new brewery site retains more of its original buildings.
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Bought by Interbrew in 2000 and sold to Molson-Coors in 2002. Site of Middle brewery still used for brewing in much altered form: the New Brewery site retains more of its original buildings.
  
 
References:
 
References:
 
The Capital of Ale by Keith Osborne (2008).
 
The Capital of Ale by Keith Osborne (2008).
  
[[List of Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd pubs]]
 
  
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* '''[[List of Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd pubs]]'''
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* '''[[Bass Maltings, Sleaford]]'''
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* '''[[Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884)]]'''
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* '''[[Bass Boundary Plates, Burton-upon-Trent]]'''
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* Article: '''[[The Bass Rifle Volunteers]] by Philip A Talbot'''
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* Article: '''[http://www.breweryhistory.com/journal/archive/168/1%20Bass.pdf "Messrs Bass and Co's Breweries"]''' (Published 14 November 1874)
  
'''The brewery features in The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland by Alfred Barnard published 1890.'''
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'''The brewery features in The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland by Alfred Barnard published 1890'''
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
File:Bass & Co Burton (1).jpg
 
File:Bass & Co Burton (1).jpg
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'''An assortment of images of the brewery'''
'''An assortment of images of the brewery:'''
 
  
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
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File:Bass Burton IP collection zx (2).jpg
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File:Bass Burton IP collection zx (3).jpg
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File:Bass Burton post card.jpg
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File:Bass Middle Yard zc.jpg|The Middle Yard
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File:Bass middle or white yard zn.jpg|The Middle or White Yard
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File:Bass New or Blue Brewery zc.jpg|The New or Blue Yard
 
File:Bass New Brewery Burton Station St.jpg|New Brewery, Station Street, Burton
 
File:Bass New Brewery Burton Station St.jpg|New Brewery, Station Street, Burton
 
File:Bass Offices & Old Brewery Burton High St.jpg|Offices & Old Brewery, High Street, Burton
 
File:Bass Offices & Old Brewery Burton High St.jpg|Offices & Old Brewery, High Street, Burton
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Bass House etc F854 aa.jpg  
 
Bass House etc F854 aa.jpg  
 
Bass FVs.jpg
 
Bass FVs.jpg
File:Bass198507a_SP.jpg|1985
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Bass engine 1950s.jpg |An engine from the 1950s
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Bass Burton Bass dray.jpg
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Bass198507a_SP.jpg|1985
 
BassFromMarstons_SP_May90.jpg|1990
 
BassFromMarstons_SP_May90.jpg|1990
 
StaffsBurtonCoors_SP_Mar2011.jpg|2011
 
StaffsBurtonCoors_SP_Mar2011.jpg|2011
Bass engine 1950s.jpg |An engine from the 1950s
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StaffsBurtonBassMiddleBry31_SP_Mar2011.jpg|Railings around the Middle Brewery feature Bass 'triangles': 2011
Bass Burton Bass dray.jpg
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StaffsBurtonBassMiddleBry33_SP_Mar2011.jpg|Railings around the Middle Brewery feature Bass 'triangles': 2011
BurtonBassPumpingStation52a_SP_Nov17.jpg|Bass Pumping Station, Nov 2017
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StaffsBurtonBassPumpingStation21_SP_Mar2011.jpg|Bass Pumping Station, Shobnall Road, March 2011
BurtonBassPumpingStation53a_SP_Nov17.jpg|Bass Pumping Station, Nov 2017
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StaffsBurtonBassPumpingStation22_SP_Mar2011.jpg|Bass Pumping Station, Shobnall Road, March 2011
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BurtonBassPumpingStation52a_SP_Nov17.jpg|Bass Pumping Station, Shobnall Road: Nov 2017
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BurtonBassPumpingStation53a_SP_Nov17.jpg|Bass Pumping Station, Shobnall Road: Nov 2017
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StaffsBurtonBassOfficesHighStreet4_SP_Nov09.jpg|A Bass 'triangle' over the doorway of the former Bass offices on the High Street, 2009
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StaffsBurtonBassOfficesHighStreet5_SP_Nov09.jpg|A Civic Society blue plaque at the former High Street offices, 2009
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File:Burton-on-Trent former Bass brewery 18 August 2010.jpg|The brewery in 2010. Courtesy Roy Denison
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File:Bass repro jug RD zx.JPG |A reproduction jug. Courtesy Roy Denison
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
  
'''The brewery in the 1960s:'''
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'''The brewery in the 1960s'''
  
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
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'''The New Brewery, demolition 1987:'''
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'''The New Brewery, demolition 1987'''
  
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
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'''The Bass Museum:'''
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'''Labels, etc'''
  
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Bass Burton Museum.jpg
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File:bass-pale-ale.jpg|Pale Ale Label
Bass Museum.jpg
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File:BassNewYorkLabel02.jpg|An American example
Bass Engineer Museum.jpg
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File:BassNewYorkLabel01.jpg|An American example
Bass Engineer Museum aa.jpg
 
File:BassMuseum198507a_SP.jpg|1985
 
File:BassMuseum198507b_SP.jpg|1985
 
File:BassMuseum198507c_SP.jpg|1985
 
File:BassMuseum198507d_SP.jpg|1985
 
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
  
'''Some images courtesy Steve Peck.'''
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'''The Bass Museum'''
  
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
File:StaffsBurtonABOutsideBass1_SP_Nov09.jpg|Two modern pavement boundary markers ‘Anheuser Busch UK Ltd’ are located in front of the Bass Middle Brewery on Station Street. 2009
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Bass Burton Museum.jpg
File:StaffsBurtonABOutsideBass2_SP_Nov09.jpg|Two modern pavement boundary markers ‘Anheuser Busch UK Ltd’ are located in front of the Bass Middle Brewery on Station Street. 2009
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Bass Museum.jpg
File:StaffsBurtonBassMiddleBry31_SP_Mar2011.jpg|Railings around the Middle Brewery feature Bass ‘triangles’. 2011
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Bass Engineer Museum.jpg
File:StaffsBurtonBassMiddleBry33_SP_Mar2011.jpg|Railings around the Middle Brewery feature Bass ‘triangles’. 2011
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Bass Engineer Museum aa.jpg
File:StaffsBurtonBassOfficesHighStreet2_SP_Nov09.jpg|The former Bass offices on the High Street feature 3 pavement boundary plates, a ‘Triangle’ over the doorway, and a Civic Society blue plaque. 2009
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BassMuseum198507a_SP.jpg|1985
File:StaffsBurtonBassOfficesHighStreet3_SP_Nov09.jpg|The former Bass offices on the High Street feature 3 pavement boundary plates, a ‘Triangle’ over the doorway, and a Civic Society blue plaque. 2009
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BassMuseum198507b_SP.jpg|1985
File:StaffsBurtonBassOfficesHighStreet4_SP_Nov09.jpg|The former Bass offices on the High Street feature 3 pavement boundary plates, a ‘Triangle’ over the doorway, and a Civic Society blue plaque. 2009
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BassMuseum198507c_SP.jpg|1985
File:StaffsBurtonBassOfficesHighStreet5_SP_Nov09.jpg|The former Bass offices on the High Street feature 3 pavement boundary plates, a ‘Triangle’ over the doorway, and a Civic Society blue plaque. 2009
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BassMuseum198507d_SP.jpg|1985
File:StaffsBurtonBassOfficesHighStreet1_SP_Nov09.jpg|The former Bass offices on the High Street feature 3 pavement boundary plates, a ‘Triangle’ over the doorway, and a Civic Society blue plaque. 2009
 
File:StaffsBurtonBassPumpingStation21_SP_Mar2011.jpg|The former Bass Pumping Station on Shobnall Road, with ‘Triangles’ in the windows. 2011
 
File:StaffsBurtonBassPumpingStation22_SP_Mar2011.jpg|The former Bass Pumping Station on Shobnall Road, with ‘Triangles’ in the windows. 2011
 
File:StaffsBurtonBassCooperStreet2_SP_Nov09.jpg|Two pavement boundary plates on the corner Cooper Street and Station Street outside the New Brewery. 2009
 
File:StaffsBurtonBassCooperStreet4_SP_Nov09.jpg|Two pavement boundary plates on the corner Cooper Street and Station Street outside the New Brewery. 2009
 
</gallery>
 
 
 
 
 
'''The Crown & Anchor Yard off Castle Street in Hinckley, where the Bass family were brewing in the 18th century:'''
 
 
 
<gallery>
 
File:HinckleyCrown&AnchorYard1a_SP_May17.jpg
 
File:HinckleyCrown&AnchorYard2a_SP_May17.jpg
 
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
  
'''A plaque commemorating the birth of William Bass is displayed at 67 Castle Street, Hinckley:'''
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'''The Crown & Anchor Yard off Castle Street in Hinckley, where the Bass family were brewing in the 18th century'''
  
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
File:LeicsHinckleyWmBassPlaque03_SP_Sep17.jpg
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HinckleyCrown&AnchorYard1a_SP_May17.jpg
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HinckleyCrown&AnchorYard2a_SP_May17.jpg
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
  
The second '''Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884)''' was MP for Derby from 1848 to 1883. He presented the central Library to the town, and there are two brass plaques within the entrances marking the occasion. There is also a bust of M T Bass within the Library, and a statue of him in the adjacent Museum Square.
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'''A plaque commemorating the birth of William Bass is displayed at 67 Castle Street, Hinckley'''
  
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
File:Derby_LibraryPlaque15_SP_Aug17.jpg
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LeicsHinckleyWmBassPlaque03_SP_Sep17.jpg
File:Derby_LibraryPlaque16_SP_Aug17.jpg
 
File:Derby_LibraryPlaque17_SP_Aug17.jpg
 
File:Derby_LibraryPlaque18_SP_Aug17.jpg
 
File:Derby_MTBassStatue14a_SP_Aug17.jpg
 
File:Derby_MTBassStatue24b_SP_Aug17.jpg
 
File:Derby_MTBassStatue22_SP_Aug17.jpg
 
File:Derby_LibraryMTBassBust20_SP_Aug17.jpg
 
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  

Latest revision as of 11:21, 7 September 2021

The registration of Trade Mark No 1 following the introduction of legislation
Bass M&B letterhead 1966
Bass letterheads
Burton Barrel stack
Burton Unions
Burton steam engine
A 1916 Sentinel
Bass artefacts
The old Three Pots Inn on the A5 at Hinckley
Bass lantern from the former Castle Tavern in Hinckley
Kings Arms, Newport Mon, 2010
Golden Cup Hanley "Bass Only" 2008
Golden Cup Hanley "Bass Only" 2008
Letter 1962
Bass lantern at the Sir Richard Steele, London NW3
Bass In Bottle
Courtesy Roy Denison
A cartoon by Gordon Honeysett following a visit to the Bass No2 Brewery sample room.

Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd, 137 High Street, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire

The Bass family were from Hinckley in Leicestershire, where they brewed beer and operated a carrier's business. William Bass (1717–1787) moved to Burton and founded his brewery there in 1777. When William died, his sons Michael Thomas Bass (1760-1827) and William Bass inherited the business. Michael Thomas took sole control of the business in 1795, and in 1796 he entered into partnership with John Ratcliff. At Michael Thomas's death, his son, a second Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884) took control of the company. This Michael Thomas Bass was MP for Derby from 1848 to 1883. John Gretton became a partner in the company in 1835.

The second (Middle) brewery opened on the north side of Station Street in 1853 and third (New) brewery on the south side of Station Street 1864. The Old Brewery was rebuilt 1876, but most of this brewery was demolished in 1971; the water tower (1866) and offices (1886) survive on the east side of High Street.

Registered 1880 and was reconstructed 13th January 1888.

  • James Eadie Ltd of Cross Street, Burton-upon-Trent, was taken over in 1933 and closed.

Merged with Mitchells & Butlers Ltd. 1961 to form Bass, Mitchells & Butlers Ltd, which then merged with Charrington United Breweries Ltd in 1967 to become Bass Charrington Ltd.

No 1 brewery opened 1968 and the Old or No 3 brewery demolished in 1971.

Bought by Interbrew in 2000 and sold to Molson-Coors in 2002. Site of Middle brewery still used for brewing in much altered form: the New Brewery site retains more of its original buildings.

References: The Capital of Ale by Keith Osborne (2008).



The brewery features in The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland by Alfred Barnard published 1890


An assortment of images of the brewery


The brewery in the 1960s


The New Brewery, demolition 1987


Labels, etc


The Bass Museum


The Crown & Anchor Yard off Castle Street in Hinckley, where the Bass family were brewing in the 18th century


A plaque commemorating the birth of William Bass is displayed at 67 Castle Street, Hinckley


Entry in the Trade Mark Registry

Registration No : 1, 2, 3 & 914
Description : A red triangle and diamond
Date of Application : 01/01//1876
Used Prior to 1875? : Triangle from 1855. Diamond from 1857

Registration No : 21,701
Description : Facsimile signature
Date of Application : 24/12/1879
Used Prior to 1875? : 37 years

Registration No : 21,702
Description : Facsimile signature
Date of Application : 24/12/1879
Used Prior to 1875? : 37 years

Registration No : 383,601
Description : Mild Ale Label
Date of Application : 31/05/1918
Used Prior to 1875? : NO

Registration No : 492,366
Description : Salt & Co Label
Date of Application : 14/06/1928
Used Prior to 1875? : NO