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Crown Stamp Marks

To ensure we all receive the correct measure and are not short changed for a full pint, Government Stamps have been applied to drinking vessels for hundreds of years. This used to include the Crown Stamp Mark but has now been superseded by the CE Mark. Below is a guide to Verification Crown Stamp Styles used in the United Kingdom

VR

Stamped VR + Crown + Number
Used between 1879 and 1901 during the reign of Queen Victoria. No example of a branded beer glass found yet....

ER

Stamped ER + Crown + Number
Used between 1901 and 1910 during the reign of King Edward 7th.



GR Crown GR Crown

Stamped GR + Crown + Number
Used between 1910 and 1952 during the reign of King George 5th & 6th. The Art-Deco style in the first photo was only used during the early years of George 5th from 1910 to around 1930 The second photo a more stylised crown was used by George 5th from about 1930 to 1936 and then by George 6th until 1952.

EIIR

Stamped EIIR + Crown + Number
Used between 1953 and 1964 during the first decade of Queen Elizabeth's 2nd reign.






Year Crown

Stamped Crown + Year + Number
Used between 1964 and 1969. The first time in almost one hundred years that no Monarch appears on the stamp.

Crown

Stamped Crown + Number
Used between 1969 and 2006, the last time a Crown Verification Stamp appeared on a UK glass.

CE Mark

In 2004 EU Measuring Instrument Directive required member countries to adopt a standardised European system of stamping beer glasses. This was implemented in October 2006.
PINT = Indicates the capacity verification (measure)
CE = Conformity to the technical harmonisation directives
M = Conformity to the legal metrology directives 2005/22/EC
10 = Year of affixing the CE Mark.
ARC = Manufactured by (Arc International) or the company that applied the mark
0126 = Identification number of the responsibe body (0126 NWML)

UKCA Mark

The UKCA marking came into effect on the 1st January 2021, due to the UK leaving the EU.
The technical requirements are largely the same as they were for the CE marking.
PINT = Indicates the capacity verification (measure)
(Tear Drop Logo) = Manufactured by (Pasabahce) or the company that applied the mark
UKCA = United Kingdom Conformity Assessment
M = Conformity to the legal metrology directives
21 = Year of affixing the UKCA Mark.
0126 = Identification number of the responsibe body (0126 NWML)

2Crown

2 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in the City of London from 1879 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

5Crown

5 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Stockport /Manchester from 1879 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

6Crown

6 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Birmingham from 1879 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

16Crown

16 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Renfrew Burgh from 1879 to 1964.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in West Yorkshire from 1964 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

18Crown

18 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Derbyshire from 1879 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

28Crown

28 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Middlesex from 1879 to 1891.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in London County from 1891 to 1965.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Tower Hamlets LB (London) from 1965 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.
Photo - Dated 1910 to circa 1930s.

76Crown

76 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Salford / Manchester from 1879 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

221 Crown

221 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Bewdley from 1879 to 1889.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Worcester County from 1904 to 1914.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in East Ham from 1915 to 1965.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Newham from 1965 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

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236 Crown

236 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Newport (Monmouth) from 1879 to 2006 when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

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265Crown

265 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Southampton Hampshire from 1879 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

301Crown1965 301Crown

301 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in West Yorkshire / West Riding from 1879 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.


Photo 1 - Stamped Crown + Year + Number (1964 to 1969) 1965 Shown
Photo 2 - Stamped Crown + Number (1969 to 2006)

301cCrownGR 301cCrownEIIR

301C Crown Stamp:- 1913 to 1964 (Not seen after 1964 at this time)
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in West Yorkshire / West Riding from 1913 to 1964. A "C" was added to the crown stamp mark to show it was a glass produced by United Glass of Castleford. United Glass closed in 1983 and was demolished in 1985.

Photo 1 - Stamped GR + Crown + Number (1910 to 1952)
Photo 2 - Stamped EIIR + Crown + Number (1953 to 1964)

303Crown

303 Crown Stamp:- 1879 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in West Yorkshire / West Riding from 1879 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.
If the glass also has the Ravenhead logo, the Ravenhead Glass Company in St Helens used this crown stamp number from 1996 to 1999 before the company took the option of self-verification and changed to their own allocated number (see 2037 Crown)

366Crown

366 Crown Stamp:- 1880 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Hereford from 1880 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

387Crown

387 Crown Stamp:- 1881 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Surrey from 1881 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

414Crown

414 Crown Stamp:- 1882 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Gloucester County 1882 to 1891.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Chesterfield 1934 to to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

Crown 418

418 Crown Stamp:- 1882 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Chesterfield from 1882 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

472Crown

472 Crown Stamp:- 1888 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in the Bacup from 1888 to 1947
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in the Highlands from 1947 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

478CrownEIIR 478Crown1965 478Crown

478 Crown Stamp:- 1888 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in St Helens from 1888 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.
If the glass has the Ravenhead logo as well, The Ravenhead Glass Company in St Helens used this stamp number from 1972 to 1996 before the company changed to the weights and measures authority in Bury (see 562 Crown)
Photo 1 - Stamped EIIR + Crown + Number (1953 to 1964)
Photo 2 - Stamped Crown + Year + Number (1964 to 1969) 1965 Shown
Photo 3 - Stamped Crown + Number (1969 to 2006)

490CrownEIIR

490 Crown Stamp:- 1890 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Bristol from 1890 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

518Crown

518 Crown Stamp:- 1890 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Carnarvon Co from 1890 to 1907.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Norfolk from 1947 to to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

524Crown

524 Crown Stamp:- 1890 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in London County from 1890 to 1965.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Camden LB 1965 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

541CrownGR

541 Crown Stamp:- 1925 to October 2006 (Not seen after 1952 at this time)
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in West Ham from 1925 to 1965.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Newham LB from 1965 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

542CrownGR

542 Crown Stamp:- 1925 to October 2006 (Not seen after 1952 at this time)
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in West Ham from 1925 to 1965.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Newham LB from 1965 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

544CrownER

544 Crown Stamp:- ?? to October 2006 (Not seen after 1910 at this time)
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority Unknown pre 1925.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in West Ham from 1925 to 1965.
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Newham LB from 1965 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

Photo 1 - Stamped ER + Crown + Number (1901 to 1910)

562Crown

562 Crown Stamp:- 1891 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority of Bury Metropolitan Borough Council from 1891 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.
If the glass has the Ravenhead logo as well, The Ravenhead Glass Company in St Helens used this stamp number from 1996 to 1999 before the company took the option of self-verification and changed to their own allocated number (see 2037 Crown) With the introduction of the CE mark, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council was issued the inspection number 0846.

796 Crown

796 Crown Stamp:- 1954 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Derbyshire from 1954 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

1110 Crown

1110 Crown Stamp:- 1965 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Kingston upon Thames from 1965 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

1364Crown

1364 Crown Stamp:- 1971 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Caithness County (Highlands of Scotland) from 1971 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

1370CrownGR

1370 Crown Stamp:- 1971 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Chesterfield Derbyshire from 1971 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.
If the glass has the Dema Glass logo as well, Dema Glass of Chesterfield used this stamp number in the 1980's

Crown 1545

1545 Crown Stamp:- 1974 to October 2006
Allocated to the local weights and measures authority in Warwickshire County from 1974 to 2006, when the royal cypher was replaced by a CE mark.

2037Crown

2037 Crown Stamp:- Used from 1999 to 17th April 2001
Allocated to Ravenhead Glass in St Helens.
Marked on vessels produced by Ravenhead Glass under the self-verification act from 1999 to 17th April 2001 when the company went into administration.

2043Crown

2043 Crown Stamp:- Used from 1999 to October 2006
Allocated to Verrerie Cristallerie d'Arques (VCA) / Arc International.
Marked on vessels produced by Verrerie Cristallerie d'Arques (VCA) under the self-verification act from 1999 to 2000. In 2000 this French manufacturer changed its name and became Arc International (Arcoroc France). 2043 was used up to 29th October 2006 when the CE mark was introduced.

2138Crown

2138 Crown Stamp:- Used from 1999 to October 2006
Allocated to Pasabahce
Marked on vessels produced by Pasabahce in Turkey under the self-verification act from 1999 to 29th October 2006 when the CE mark was introduced.

2140Crown

2140 Crown Stamp:- Used from 1999 to October 2006
Allocated to Utopia Tableware
Marked on vessels produced by Utopia in England under the self-verification act from 1999 to 29th October 2006 when the CE mark was introduced.