Carbofrax A

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Found Inverkeithing Firth of Forth, Scotland

Directory of clay products 1961 / 62 page 18 refers to Carborundum Co, Trafford Park Manchester and Walls Mill Lane, Rainford, St Helens , England. Silicon carbide and Fused Alumina super refractories. Trade names Carbofrax, Alfrax and Refrax – so the Carbofrax A brick detailed here may not have come from the USA but instead, it is likely to have been manufactured in England and this is corroborated by

In 1913 a new subsidiary, The Carborundum Company Ltd., was formed in Manchester, England.

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Initially I suspected this was an American brick or was unidentified. I have left my initial assumptions below in case my update of 27/01/2015 is incorrect

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Carbofrax® is a registered trademark used for Furnace-Linings, Fire Bricks and Blocks, and Bulk Material For Use In Making the Same and owned by Saint Gobain Advanced Ceramics Corporation, Carborundum Company, One New Bond StreetWorcester, Ma 01615-0137 US

In use in 1914

Info

Info – company profile (American side) including  “The first refractories–Carbofrax and Refrax–were soon joined by such trademarks as Silfrax, Mullfrax, Firefrax, and others”

From Jim Graves – IBCA  –  CARBOFRAX is an American brick.  It was made by the Carborundum Co. at their Perth Amboy, NJ plant circa 1920-1939.

So is this also a Scottish brick ?- viz – I recovered some 1970’s burned and torn invoices from a rubbish heap at J G Steins brickworks , Manuel, Whitecross. One of the invoices is for Carbofrax silicon carbide tapbricks to DRG F594682 – 3

So Stein was either making a product by the same name as Carborundum Co or they were, for some reason purchasing such bricks to sell on.

One other possibility is that AP Green, Missouri was somehow involved. Green and Stein  were believed to be good friends. The men were never really competitors but their companies were to some extent especially when Green bought Liptak in 1932 and later set up A P Green Refractories in England. So was Green ever involved with Carborundum Co and the Carbofrax bricks were sold onto Stein for onward trading?

Stein Invoice carborfrax

 

Directory of clay products 1961 / 62 page 18 refers to Carborundum Co, Trafford Park Manchester and Walls Mill Lane, Rainford, St Helens , England. Silicon carbide and Fused Alumina super refractories. Trade names Carbofrax, Alfrax and Refrax – so the Carbofrax A brick detailed here may not have come from the USA but instead it is likely to have been manufactured in England and this is corroborated by

In 1913 a new subsidiary, The Carborundum Company Ltd., was formed in Manchester, England.

1951 – CARBORUNDUM CO. LTD., TRAFFORD PARK, MANCHESTER, 17. T.A., “Carborund, Phone, Manchester”. T.N., Trafford Park 2381 (10 lines). London Branch: ROMNEY HOUSE, MARSHAM STHEET, WESTMINSTER, S.W.1. T.N., ABBey 6413 and 5181. Established 1905.
Abrasive, refractory and crucible materials.
Trade Names: Carbofrax; Alfrax; Carborundum Brand; Aloxite Brand.
See Advertisement, page 395.

 

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