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?






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.








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.











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.














smarties + lower case letter

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















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.