Many thanks to Gerry Groia for the following information. Gerry lives in Rasario, Santa Fe, Argentina. He recently dismantled an old barbecue and used the fire bricks to build another, Argentinian style. Most of the fire bricks were unstamped but one was branded ‘Stein Glasgow’. Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel Firebrick and…
GB has been sent this picture by Fabio, from Leghorn in Tuscany, Italy.
Can anyone shed any light as to where it was manufactured?
The brickmark reads Scotland * SAMR * with the numerals B34-2 above.
I will duly pass on any replies to GB.
It may of course not have been manufactured in Scotland but made elsewhere as an intended export to Scotland.
The brickmark design does seem alien to the Scottish ‘norm’
23/07/2016 – This similar stamp was found in an old shipyard on the shores of the Santiago River, Ensenada, Buenos Aires Provence, Argentina.
Note the + signs to either side of SAMR as opposed to the * on the brickmark above but I believe both these are manufactured by the same maker.
Many thanks to Pablo Marzilio for sending the following information. Pablo states he found this brick in the boiler area of the Gorton Workshops of the Argentine Central Railway, city of Perez, Santa Fe. Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig,…
This brick was found by Daniel Ruben Paz and his wife at Lujan Dam, a town in Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina. Daniel states ” Today (02/01/2020), while walking with my wife we have seen something buried with an acronym, FC .., it looked nothing more than that, but given the place where we live it…
This example was found in an old Bakery, Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina by Deigo Maciel. Bonnybridge Silica & Fireclay Co Ltd, Bonnybridge. alt Calder Firebrick Works, Airdrie, Lanarkshire. alt Chapelhall Works, Lanarkshire. Hepworth Ceramic Holdings plc (GR-Stein Refractories Ltd. parent co) bought the Bonnybridge Silica & Fireclay Co. Ltd in 1972, closed Bonnybridge works in 1973…
Found in the Gartcosh area by Ian Suddaby. Gartcosh Fireclay Works, Gartcosh, Glasgow. FCCA – Probably made for the South American railway network as per this link – Click me . . .
Found by Gustavo Fernetti at the Central Workshops of Ferrocarril Central Argentino, Rosario, Argentina. (Note – SBH – This is an Argentinian Railway.) The Bricks of Bathville and Armadale: Including ‘Crater GB’ manufactured at either the Etna or Atlas Brickworks, Bathville. Atlas Brickworks, Bathville, Armadale, West Lothian. or Etna Brickworks, Bathville, Armadale, West Lothian. ….
Found at the site of the old Etna and Atlas Brickworks, Bathville, West Lothian. The manufacturer is unknown but highly likely to be a product of either the Atlas or Etna Brickworks. Is it the name of an overseas customer? Many Etna and Atlas manufactured bricks ended up in the South Americas, including Argentina. In…
Diego Maciel from Argentina found these bricks in an Argentinian bakehouse. Unidentified maker but possibly of Scottish origins. (Note – SBH – As per the ‘BWC Great Britain‘ brick it is thought that this brick was manufactured at the Etna Brick Works, Bathville.) . . . He believes they were imported as the initials do…
20/04/1835 – Caledonian Mercury – Circuit Court of Judiciary, Ayr. 14/04/1835 – James Carey or Kerry, Brick and Tile Maker, Kilmarnock was accused of falsehood, fraud and wilful imposition. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to be imprisoned at Ayr jail for 6 calendar months and to be kept at hard labour. (Note – SBH…
Found in Airdrie. I believe this to be a product of the Castlecary Fireclay & Lime Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. See below for my thoughts. . . . . This FCS stamped brick was found among many similar marks in a pile of bricks in Airdrie. Also in the pile were Glenboig, Rawyards Glasgow and Glentore…