This example was found by Graham Teede about 400m southeast of the old townsite of Kanowna east of Kalgoorlie, Australia. Graham states – Interestingly it was not near any other buildings as such which makes me think someone may have used it for a small furnace to smelt some gold. Although I’m sure there were fireplaces…
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 brickmarks are all frustratingly 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.
This brick forms a set of steps at a house owned by Margaret Lesjak at Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. Broken Hill is a frontier mining town in the far west of New South Wales, in the Australian outback. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. . . .
Found by Carol Woods on the shore of San Francisco Bay in Hayward, California. . . . . Below – The brick stamp should read ‘Patent R Brown & Son, Paisley’ – Robert Brown & Son, Ferguslie Fireclay Works and Caledonian Brick and Tile Works, Paisley, Renfrewshire
This was found by Glenn Robinson in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia. Glenn states – The homestead of Richard Amos Robinson and Sybella Robinson nee Pauley. They came from Heathcote, Victoria around 1908 and build their home in South Boulder/Kalgoorlie. The home was a 3 bedroom iron and camp home which was extended to seven rooms, Richard…
The following bricks are in the collection of Allan Hackett, Sydney, Australia. The bricks were all found in Australia. Below – ‘Glenboig’ and ‘Starworks Glenboig’ bricks – Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire Below – Shawsrigg Fire Clay &…
These bricks were found by Will Ware on a farm at Sunbury, Victoria, Australia. They were random finds around the farm. Fraser and Sanderson, fire brick manufacturers, Inverkeithing. . . . .
This brick is in the possession of Mick Kraken. Mick states he obtained the brick around 30 years ago but cannot remember exactly where. He did find most of his bricks in the Brisbane area but he may have obtained the brick in a swap from a man who collected bricks in the Maryborough area…
usaFound by Ian Suddaby in Scotland. I am not is possession of this example. This appears to be a section of lining for a stove or a range. It is possible that ‘Trojan’ was a trademark for a range or a stove and that these bricks were manufactured to line same. RH – Right hand….
These bricks were found by Myschel Tindale in Maryborough, Queensland by the side of the Mary River. It is believed there was a mill, cattle yards and hotel along the river where they were found. Cardowan Fire Clay Works, Stepps, Glasgow. . . . .
This brick was found by Jeremy Lee in Newfoundland Canada. The bricks formed a rough plinth covering a void of some description … well, cistern, septic tank? Garnqueen Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire Alternative brickworks include: Gartliston Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Building bricks at Garscadden Works, Drumchapel. Below – Gartliston Fire Brick Works. The brick would…