Nettle stamping plate

Found on the site of the old Manuel Brickworks, Whitecross.

  • 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

This solid metal stamping plate is about 1 inch thick. It has two threaded screw holes to the rear – both of which were found filled with a concrete-type substance when found. The rear of the plate was also covered in the substance.

Below – By their colour, these 3 circles appear to be made from copper or brass. They were worn flat. Their use is unknown but if they were originally raised like pimples perhaps they were used to indicate when a stamping plate should be changed ie if worn flat then it is time to change them. Does anyone know what they are there?



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