Found by Kjell Myran on a beach at Hommelvik, Norway. Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire. Stein & Co, Anchor Brickworks, Denny, Stirlingshire. Milnquarter Fireclay & Gannister Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. .
Many thanks to Jacky Brookes from Wester Ross for the following information.
Jacky states – I found a fat ball on 21/03/2017 on my local beach, Melvaig in Wester Ross. It was large, about the size of my border collie dog. We brought the very heavy fat ball to our home which is local to the beach, and it eventually began to soften. We broke it up on 05/07/2017 and this brick piece was in the very centre of it. The brick is stamped ‘EL’. We wondered if it had come across the Atlantic/Minch/off a ship/ships oven? Perhaps a whaling ship? Or from a coastal whaling station like the one on Harris (across the Minch from our beach). Is it a small kiln brick? The fat is not ambergris (we checked with Ambergris society) and they say it’s mineral fat of some kind.