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. . . .
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.
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. The Gartcraig brick was found on a slag heap at Kimberley, the home of South African diamond mining. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. . . .
The following Starworks bricks have been found by Angel Trendafilov. Angel is an archaeologist with Underground overground Archaeology an archaeological consultancy based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Both bricks were found in Christchurch, New Zealand. Below – Found July, 2017. A partial Starworks brick. It was just a single find in small residential section in Christchurch at…
Bonnybridge bricks found by Flint Benson at a Cedar Shingle Mill near Mount Vernon in Washington State, USA. The exact working dates of the Cedar Mill are not exactly known but thought to be c. 1880 to c.1920. Bonnybridge Silica & Fireclay Brickworks, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. . . . . . .
This Forth brick was found and photographed by Ze’ev Erlich and Shay Shemesh. It was found in a ruined furnace or kiln near Sde Ilan, northern Israel. It was most likely a lime kiln. Roughcastle Firebrick Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. . . . . .
Found by Aadish Rawat and Aaradhya Rawat in an old abandoned textile mill, Ujjain, India. Gartcraig Pressed Glasgow. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow . . .
This brick was found in on the shore at Gdansk, Poland by Wojtek Kulik. Prestongrange Brick, Tile and Fireclay Works, Prestonpans, East Lothian . . . .
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