Smith & Wellstood Brickworks, Bonnybridge The company was incorporated in 1887 and specialised in making solid fuel cookers after the American style stove & range manufacturers. Their ESSE brand cooker became famous and was exported all over the world. Firebrick tiles to line the fireboxes were made in their own own brickworks which was started…
Found by Peter Williams in Bonnybridge.
I am not in possession of this example.
Allan Rae suggests that this fire brick was manufactured by Smith and Wellstood and it was probably a back brick to protect the rear surface of a firebox for the ‘Modern Mistress’ stove and that MDN MRS is an abbreviation of ‘Modern Mistress’.
Smith & Wellstood Brickworks, Bonnybridge.
Below – A Modern Mistress stove No 28.
Below – This is a partial brick found in the Stoneywood area, Bonnybridge. No doubt it was also stamped MDN MRS No but as to the number, I cannot say.