B & SS

Found in Falkirk by Chris Renton. It was found among bricks marked Cannerton, Stein Denny, Sterling, Bar-Law, UFP, Gartshore and Frew.

It is either stamped B & SS with the ‘&’ being upsidedown or SS & B with the ‘B’ being reversed.

I am not in possession of this brick.

This brick is in the possession of Gillian Cowell in Paisley.

The manufacturer is unknown …

All the bricks were found under an old garage and all are Scottish. There was only one with this mark.

It is similar to a Gartshore I have previously found and it was found among Gartshore’s.

Below – The same stamp on a brick found by Michael Kilner at Barr Wood Farm, Twechar, North Lanarkshire. This is situated near to the Gartshore Brickworks. Michael has found 3 similar bricks around this location.

Below – A similar frogged Gartshore

01/09/2020 – Update – B & SS possibly stands for Bairds & Scottish Steel’ viz – William Baird and Co Ltd owned the Gartshore Brickworks. In around 1938, the company underwent reorganisation and entered voluntary liquidation. William Baird & Co Ltd was reconstituted, and the company’s Lanarkshire interests were merged with the Scottish Iron & Steel Company Ltd, of Glasgow, to form Bairds & Scottish Steel Ltd, pig iron and steel manufacturers … Bairds & Scottish Steel – B & SS?

(Note – SBH – I am fairly happy that this is a Bairds and Scottish Steel stamp but I have left the original musings above in case it turns out to be otherwise).

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