Found by Kurtis Fusco in the River Winnipesaukee at Franklin, New Hampshire, USA. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. . . . .
Found Firth of Clyde, Glasgow.
The find location would suggest Scottish origins but …
I believe it says IFB but there is a possibility it says JFB.
Possibly the Inverkeithing Fireclay Brickworks, Scotland – click me
However, from the information below, could my IFB stamped brick be an American or an Australian import? The brick marks are all frustratingly very similar!
Below – Found by Leslie White in Australia. Bricks stamped ‘IFB’ in Australia originate from the Illawarra Fire Brickworks, Australia.
Below – A similar example found by Barbara Reinhardt at Lithgow, Australia.
Below – An extract from ‘And so we graft from six to six’ by Warwick Gemmell.
Allan Hackett, Australia points out that the IFB bricks manufactured in Australia, and found so far, do not have the shallow margin or frog as per my example.
Jean Bear, USA states “Here, the IFB was made by Corundite Refractories Company in Zoar, Ohio from 1930 until 1965. Perhaps they were made in other places? Oral history tells us that “IFB” stood for “International Fire Brick” but I don’t have proof”
Below – A brick stamped IFB. Photo from an American auction site. The brick is titled – Corundite Refractories Company in Zoar, Ohio.
Below – Another IFB stamped brick, this time found in Western New York State, USA by Robert Cortright. Note the circular feature in which the stamp is located.
Found by Julian Phillips at Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia. Morningside Fireclay Works, Newmains, North Lanarkshire. . . . .
Found by Erica Weller in rural Humboldt County, California, USA. 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 .
Found by Kristin Schwab on the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. . . . .
Found by Rachel Brown on an old gold mine crushing plant in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Note the thumbprint to the bottom left. Garnkirk Fireclay Works, Garnkirk, Lanarkshire. . . .
The following Scottish bricks were found by Tim Westley in and around Sydney Harbour, Australia. . . . . Below – Ferguslie Patent – Robert Brown & Son, Ferguslie Fire Clay Works, Paisley. Below – Gartcraig – Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. Below – Hurll – Garnqueen Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire Alternative brickworks…
Found by Thomas Walsh near Vancouver, USA. Thomas states it was found due east of the location of the first lumber mill here in the area during the 1800s as part of the Hudson Bay Company. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. . . . .
13/11/1840 – John O’ Groat Journal – A very interesting letter from Sydney, under date 6th June last, reached a few days ago. Its writer is a gentleman belonging to Caithness-shire, for some time settled in Sydney. As the information it contains can be relied on, we present our readers with the following extract –…
14/07/1923 – Glasgow Herald – Man was not long on the world’s stage when he commenced to work clay and impress on its plastic surface his primitive ideas. A common clay brick, even to the initiated tells its story and forms an important clue in the history of man. In Scotland, the earliest bricks made…
1897 – Annual report of the School Committee of the City of Boston – … New Primary Schoolhouse, Vernon street, Roxbury, additional, §14,000. — It will be noted that the next few weeks will witness the completion of several school-houses begun during the previous year, including this new Primary School-house containing ten rooms, and replacing…