It is amazing how many clues a simple little Smarties lid can hold to its history.

 

Rowntrees started making Smarties in 1937 and added plastic lids in the 1950s.

 

Just answer a few simple questions to find out
how old your Smarties lid is.

 

1. Does your lid have ROWNTREE
written on it?

 


 

 

 

2. Does it have a letter on it?

 


 

 

 

 

3. Is it a capital letter?

 


 

 

 

 

 

3. Is it bigger than
other Smarties lids?

 

 

A diameter of 2.4cm (and inner diameter of 1.8cm) suggests that this is a larger lid.

 


 

 

 

 

 

2. Does it have smarties written
on it?

 

 

 

 

3. Does it have a lower case letter?

 

 

 

 


 

 c.1950s
Rowntree, blank on the reverse

 

Rowntree introduced plastic lids in the 1950s.These are larger lids (an inch in diameter) than the later ones and have a squared off lip. It wasn't until the 1960s that they started putting letters on them.

THIS LID WAS FOUND AND PHOTOGRAPHED 

BY L CRAWSHAW. THANK YOU!




 

 

 

 


 

c.1960-1965
a larger lid, with a capital letter


Rowntree went metric shortly after 1965 and, as a result, the lids got a little smaller, previously having been an inch in diameter (or 24mm). Later lids have a diameter of 22mm).

 


 

 

 

 

 



 

 

c1965 - c1975
ROWNTREE + upper case letter

 

A lid issued before the mid-1970s. Rowntree put capital letters on the lids until around 1975.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 c1975-1988
ROWNTREE + lower case letter

 

Your lid was made after the mid-1970s
but before 1988 as that is the year 
Smarties were taken on by Nestle.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

1988-2005
smarties + lower case letter


This was made between 1988 and 2005 when Smarties switched to tubes with cardboard lids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

2000

smarties + a word


In 2000, football related smarties were issued by Nestle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

One side blank

 

A blank lid is not a UK Smarties lid. It is from overseas or a brand mimicking Smarties. Chances are that is modern though.