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. . . .
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.
Excavations, Surveys and Heritage Management in Victoria (Australia). Volume 5 2016. Source From the above paper it was determined that bricks marked ‘Garnkirk Patent’ and ‘John Grieve Bankpark Firebrick Works’ were found during excavations of the Langlands Iron Foundry, Flinders Street, Melbourne which was Victorias first iron foundry and engineering firm. Garnkirk Fireclay Works, Garnkirk,…
Source – Arthur H Vinal in his book Edmund March Wheelwright and the chestnut hill, suggests that Wheelwright, Architect, used Gartcraig bricks in several buildings. “Wheelwight experimented with the pale yellow Scottish firebricks that he used back to front to expose the random black streaking from the kiln, as for instance in the palatial Larz Anderson…
Found by Alan Maher in Sydney, Australia. The bricks below formed part of a BBQ that Alan built some 40 years ago in his backyard. There was 1 Thistle fire brick and many Vulcan F19 star, fire bricks. Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire. Stein & Co,…
A wonderful day was had when I met Vladimir Smirnov and his family yesterday in the Scottish Borders. A good number of local historical sites were visited, lunch and some friendly and informative ‘brick’ chat too. The highlight of the day for me was Vladimir’s unexpected, yet most generous gift of a ‘Bonnyrigg Patent’ brick…
This brick was found in Iceland and photographed by Halldora Blair. Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire .
Found in St Petersburg, Russia by Vladimir Smirnov and most generously repatriated back to Scotland. A wonderful donation. Bonnyrigg Fire Clay Works, Bonnyrigg, Mid Lothian – Robertson, Love & Co. . . . .
Thistle brick found by Michael Long in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. He found a pile of them in his back yard. Milnquarter Fireclay & Gannister Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. Alternative brickworks include: Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire. Stein & Co, Anchor Brickworks, Denny, Stirlingshire.
Found by Jocelyn Decoste In Motreal , Canada. Jocelyn states ” I found it myself at my home in Cartierville, Montreal, Canada. The brick was in the backyard under the balcony with other extra brick from the house, which was built in 1949. Cartierville was part of the village of Saint-Laurent on the island of Montreal…
Found by Chris Merritt at the site of the Huron Copper Mines, Upper Peninsula, Michigan. J & M Craig, Perceton Fire Clay Works Kilmarnock. . . . .