Found By Sue Butterworth. It was dug up in her garden at Bolwarra which is close to Maitland, Morpeth, Newcastle in New South Wales Australia. Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire .
Many thanks to Vladimir Smirnov for the following information.
This Bald brick should be manufactured by Alexander Bald, Alloa Brick & Tile Works, Alloa, Clackmannanshire.
It was found in St Petersburg, Russia.
All known bricks marked BALD are accompanied by the initial ‘A’ – A. BALD.
However in this example the word BALD appears to be on its own because if it were A. BALD then it would not be symmetrical and central above the word ALLOA which would be the norm. The brick is damaged so we cannot be certain but it would be very unusual to find lines of text off centre to each other.
The top line appears to be 3 letters and these may be Russian but it is unknown what, if anything, they translate to.
The first letter looks like a Russian Cyrillic letter ‘K’, ‘R’ or ‘A’ because of the angled section of letter that can just be seen.
The second letter appears to be the Russian Cyrillic letter that translates to ‘PE’ –
The third letter could be the Russian Cyrillic letter ‘K’.
The only definite way to confirm or deny this possibility would be through clay analysis but this would be a very costly procedure.
If this brick is an original BALD product manufactured in Scotland then the top line of Russian letters could easily be some form of advertising in order to encourage further Russian sales.
Found by Bob Trlin on the Cocos Islands, Australia. Jas Goldie & Son, Shawfield Toll, Glasgow, 1884 2019 – Bob states “We have just returned from the Cocos Islands located in the Indian Ocean half way between Perth and Sri Lanka. The Islands were settled in 1827 by the Clunies-Ross family and run as a copra…
Below – 28/11/1874 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – The Cape Finisterre – A novel cargo – During the past week good deal of local interest has been felt in this new ship, loading here for Tasmania. The “Cape Finisterre” has been bnilt for Messrs Abram Lyle & Sons, of Greenock, Messrs Thomas Wingate &…
Found during an archaeology dig, Ravenswood, North Queensland, Australia. Photograph by kind permission of Dave Parkhill. Ravenswood is a small mining town and locality in the Charters Towers Region, Queensland, Australia. After the discovery of gold in 1868 through to the early 1900s, the township flourished and grew to nearly 5000 residents and boasted 48 hotels. Several…
This brick is in the possession of Jimmy Dobson in the USA. It was found in a river in New Hampshire, USA. Allan & Mann, Port Eglinton, Glasgow. Alternative brickworks include: Rutherglen Pottery, Glasgow. Mallsmire Works, Myrtle Park, Crosshill, Glasgow.
This brick is in the possession of the Rottnest Island Museum. Many thanks to Wendy Bradshaw for the photograph. J & M Craig, Perceton Fire Clay Works Kilmarnock. . . . .
Garnqueen Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Gartliston Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Building bricks at Garscadden Works, Drumchapel. Below – ‘Hurll Glasgow’ and ‘R & C’ bricks found by Boris Ivanovskij in Sukhum, Abkazia on the Black Sea. The bricks were found in a stove of a long two-stored building like a bunk house. I am 90%…
Found by Paula on Prince Edward Island, Canada Etna Brickworks, Armadale, West Lothian. Alternative brickworks include: West Works, Armadale, West Lothian . .
Found in Trinidad. This is not in my possession. Cityside Brick, Pipe and Fireclay Works, Greenhill, Glasgow. . . .
This Castlecary brick forms part of a fire place of a house built in 1952 at Rosemere, Quebec, Canada. The photo was kindly forwarded by Nasim Mousavi. Castlecary Fireclay & Lime Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. It has actually been placed upside down in the fire place. . . .