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

 

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

 

Does it have ROWNTREE written on it?

 


 

 

 

Does it have a capital letter?

 


 

 

 

 

 

Is it bigger than other Smarties lids?

 


 

 

 

 

 

Does it have smarties written on it?

 

 

 

 

Does it have a lower case letter on it?

 

 

 

 

 

PRE-1965
a slightly larger lid


This is an old one! Rowntree went metric shortly after 1965 and, as a result, the lids got a little smaller.


 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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.