Adamantine D – C

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Found at the Stein Manuel Works, Whitecross

Unidentified maker but the find location would suggest Scottish origins but…

A-R is an unrecognised Stein mark

however  – Strathkelvin District Libraries booklet entitled Garnkirk Fireclay by G Quali?

On page 32 it states ” At least one firm gives special attention to what are known as Adamantine bricks. These are exceptionally hard. They are used for the paving of railway stations, stables etc ………. but it does not refer to the Company however once would assume it is Scottish as the booklet is about Garnkirk and neighbouring brickwork’s. Therefor could this actually be a Stein brick afterall.

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See also this link to a Stein catalogue which refers to Adamantine fire bricks as being a product  click me 

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Adamantine means  – unable to be broken.

The following links may be relevant

Similarily marked brick below –  Charles Davison & Co Ltd, Buckley, Chester – adamantine.

Charles Davison & Co Ltd, Buckley, Chester - adamantine

Sri Lanka info

Davison catalogue

and perhaps the key to the mystery ……

General Refractories, Sheffield actually took over Charles Davison & Co and in turn bought over Stein  – so its possible this is a General Refractories ‘ Stein product but not necessarily manufactured in Scotland – see reference in The Colliery Guardian 01/10/1913 which states – 

General Refractories, Ltd. — The company has acquired the whole share capital of Charles Davison and Co., Buckley, Flintshire, which produces adamantine linings for rotary cement kilns, and bricks and linings of obsidianite for use in chemical works.

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