Found by Ian Suddaby in the Ravenscraig, Motherwell area.

This example is not in my possession.

The manufacturer of this fire brick is unknown.

The find location would suggest Scottish origins but …

Ian states – Another pile of sieved bricks at the Dalzell/Colville Steelworks dumping ground in Motherwell and another very interesting find. This firebrick is stamped LADLES and it’s another name that hasn’t been seen before. I don’t know who made it but the specked fabric is typical of Glenboig area bricks and the style/font of LADLES could well be early Glenboig, Gartcosh, Young, Hurll or Heathfield. All have been found on this site. The melted out ?Magnetite lumps might look lovely but they’re ruined the brick and it should never have left the brickworks. That’s even more true if it was intended to be part of a ladle in steelmaking as a tight fit is vital for bricks lining a ladle. Nice thumbprint bottom left too, even though it’s removed much of the L.

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