This brick was found by Ruth Boudreau while out ‘sea glassing’ on the shores of Lockman’s Beach,in Sydney Mines,Cape Breton Island,Nova Scotia ,Canada. 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.
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 Petersberg, Russia.
All known bricks marked BALD are accompanined 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 symmetrial 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.
Photographed by David Ivey. The bricks were used to build O’Hara’s Battery, Gibralta. O’Hara’s Battery is an artillery battery in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. It is located at the highest point of the Rock of Gibraltar, near the southern end of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, in close proximity to Lord Airey’s Battery. Information. Etna…
Found by Erin Dippel at Gaspe, Quebec, Canada. This was once a WW2 Naval Base. It is uncertain what, if anything was on this site prior to the Naval Base. The name of the beach is called “Boom Defence Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. . . . . The Gartcraig bricks were found strewn along…
Found by Darrian Borick, heritage management post graduate student in Australia at the University of Queensland. Darrian was on a field trip in North Queensland at a regional town called Ravenswood (a 19th century gold mining town). The bricks in the attached photo are located in a pathway to the house (no longer standing) of L Wilson…
Found by Lorna Beecroft. Lorna states ” We found a Gartcraig brick today when we were cleaning up the bricks and debris from a chimney I tore down that was original to our house. There was only one of these bricks mixed in with other local bricks in the chimney and boy, would we ever love to…
Found by Jennifer Shelby, in Crooked Creek near the village of Riverside-Albert in New Brunswick, Canada. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. . . . . .
They were found together in Vytegra, Russia by Alexander Metelin. Reichmann, Glasgow and Hurll, Glasgow. Both bricks were made at Glenboig by Mark and Peter Hurll. . . .
The following Scottish bricks were photographed at the Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Barbados by Barney Corrigan. . . . . . Below – Mac Brand – Believed to be Scottish but not confirmed. Below – Starworks, Glenboig. Below – Gartcraig. Below – DB 7232 Karrena 611 / 10A AW – Dykehead Fire Brick Works, Bonnybridge…
Many thanks to Ibon Abuin, Alejandro Gandul and Jose Carlos Bernal for the information and photographs that follow. SS Canarias was a French nationality cargo ship. The Steam Ship CANARIAS was built by ATELIERS & CHANTIERS DE LA LOIRA in Nantes (France) in 1893. Length Over All: 104 Mts Beam: 12 Mts. Disp: 3.098 Tm. On…
Found by Nikki Stewart, Enviromental Officer, Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV, South Africa. These bricks were found on a slag heap at Kimberley, the home of South African diamond mining. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. and Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works,…