Terrence Honore of the Palmiste Historical Society states – It was found at the former Palmiste sugarcane estate at Palmiste San Fernando Trinidad. Site of an old brick bridge for use by trains transporting sugarcane circa the 1800s. Allan & Mann, Port Eglinton, Glasgow Alternative brickworks include: Rutherglen Pottery, Glasgow. Mallsmire Works, Myrtle Park, Crosshill,…
This brick was photographed by Brian Thomas at the National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka.
Allan & Mann, Port Eglinton, Glasgow.
Alternative brickworks include:
- Rutherglen Pottery, Glasgow.
- Mallsmire Works, Myrtle Park, Crosshill, Glasgow.
Additional information – Patrick Pugh also photographed this brick while in situ at the Maritime Archaeological Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka.
The Museum includes video footage and extensive seabed finds from a Dutch wreck, the Avondster, which sank in Galle harbour in 1659. The wreck was discovered in 1993 and dived upon by an archaeological team between 1996 and 1999.
A whole section of the museum is dedicated to artefacts recovered from the wreck that lies 7m below the surface and 50m offshore. The brick batt is described by the museum as a “Rare type of a brick with some words embossed. Found from Avondster shipwreck and not known the utility of decorate brick”
Allan and Mann manufactured bricks during the 19th century so as Patrick points out, the Allan and Mann brick fragment is clearly not from the wreck of the Avondster, given the dates detailed.
More info on the wreck. Dutch bricks were found on board.
Professor Don Nerbas states – This Allan & Mann brick was discovered on Cape Breton Island by Amanda McNeil. It was found at the end of a sandbar (Dominion Beach) across from Lingan. The London-based General Mining Association operated a coal mine at Lingan from 1854 to the 1880s and shipped coal from Lingan Harbour…
This brick is in the possession of David Hensley from Kansas, USA. It was obtained from a fellow brick collector who resided in the State of Kansas. It is unknown where the original finder found the brick but it is assumed it was in Kansas somewhere. Roughcastle Firebrick Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. . . .
Found by Molly Buckley in a dump in Broxburn, West Lothian. I am not in possession of this example (It was left in situ – hopefully it can be relocated again one day). The manufacturer of this brick is unknown. It was however found in close proximity to the Etna and Altas Brickworks where many…
Found by Ian Suddaby in the Winchburgh area. This example is not in my possession. The ‘BW’ is likely to stand for Babcock and Wilcox. Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire. Stein & Co, Anchor Brickworks, Denny, Stirlingshire. Milnquarter Fireclay & Gannister Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. .
Found by Michael Fallone in Glasgow. Allan & Mann, Port Eglinton, Glasgow. Alternative brickworks include: Rutherglen Pottery, Glasgow. Mallsmire Works, Myrtle Park, Crosshill, Glasgow. . Below – I believe this says 4’6 as opposed to 4 6 Below – Note the groove crossing the width of the brick.
Found Manuel Works, Whitecross. Large refractory block. Unidentified maker but find location would suggest Scottish origins but … Possibly a J G Stein product. Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire. Stein & Co, Anchor Brickworks, Denny, Stirlingshire. Milnquarter Fireclay & Gannister Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire There is a…
Found by Tom Laurie in Dumfriesshire. This example is not in my possession. The manufacturer of this brick is unknown. The find location and the name on the brick would suggest Scottish origins but … This brick appears to have been manufactured for Thomas Main, 130 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow and branded with his details. He…
Many thanks to Rick Weber for the following photographs and information. Rick states – We live in Western Head Nova Scotia Canada in the old Western Head schoolhouse built in 1859. I have a pile of old red bricks behind a tree on the edge of the marsh on our property. My wife notice them…
Found by Ian Suddaby at the site of the old Boghead Brickworks. This example is not in my possession. Boghead Fireclay Works, Bathgate, West Lothian. The origins of ‘RH & Co’ are unknown. It is not thought that the initials stand for any one-time owner of the company. There is a small fly in the…