Found at the site of the old Etna and Atlas Brick Works, Bathville, West Lothian. Manufacturer unknown but highly likely to be a product of either the Atlas or Etna Brick Works. Found alongside Etna building bricks Atlas and Crater stamped fire bricks. It is very likely that this brickmark is incomplete. It is entirely…
Found by Andrew Wood in Dunfermline.
It is marked with 2 stars and the words Refractaire Superieur which translates to Refractory superior = first class fire brick. When subjected to oblique sunlight the middle mark look like a ‘6’ but this could well be wrong.
It may have been manufactured in France and exported to Scotland but you would imagine their would be a makers name or at least a trade mark stamp.
The theory is it is another example of a brick manufactured in Scotland for a French speaking market, possibly Canada. Scotland exported millions of fire bricks to Canada.
Below – The stars may suggest it is a product of the Glenboig Star Works who used the star as a trademark.
Below – Indeed the Glenboig Union Fireclay Company manufactured other bricks stamped in Spanish and destined for any Spanish speaking country. This appears to be a great manufacturing ply.
Below – So to did the John Gilchrist Stein, Castlecary Works ( J.G Stein actually bought over the Glenboig Works so these Spanish marked bricks may have been made during Steins reign over the Glenboig name)
Below – The stamp is oval on this mystery brick. The Bonnybridge Silica and Fireclay Co Ltd were known to use a similar shaped stamp and they too exported fire bricks all over the world.
Photographed in Forres, Morayshire by Karen Jane. I am not in possession of this example. Bluebell was a trademark of John G Stein. 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 silica based special…
Many thanks to Cris Pasquali for the following photographs and information. Cris states ” I found these bricks in the Northern part of my city Rosario (Province of Santa Fe) on the coast of the Parana River. From the late nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, railway, port and industrial activities were developed in…
Found on the Atlas / Etna/ Bathville brickworks sites, Armadale, West Lothian. Unidentified maker. Find location would suggest Scottish origins but…. (SBH – Note – Although I still cannot say 100% who manufactured this brick, I am in no doubt who it was manufactured for – Macbeth Brothers, Agents, Importers and Engineers, Bombay, India.) (SBH…
Found on the site of the Atlas and Etna Brick Works, Bathville. Manufacturer unknown but highly likely to be a product of either the Atlas or Etna Brick Works. Found alongside Etna building bricks Atlas and Crater stamped fire bricks. It is entirely possible that Castillo is the name of an overseas customer. . .
Found on the old James Dougall site at Bonnyside. Clayknowes Brickworks, Greenhill, Bonnybridge. This version has letters with serifs. I wonder why they makers dropped the ‘K’ and the ‘E’ when stamping the bricks? The stamp maybe STUBAL or SETUBAL. The first and or second letters are not clear. Stubal is a town in Serbia…
This mark was photographed on a fireclay chimney pot in the Glasgow area. I believe it represents the following. Wm Nelson JR – William Nelson Jr, Importer and Wholesaler, New York, USA. W.H & Co, Glasgow – William Hudspith & Co, Fire clay works, Wishaw. Coal masters, Green Colliery Wishaw, Glasgow. Basically, I believe this chimney can…
Found by Eddie McLean at Glenboig. Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire The reference to Bigelow on this special undoubtedly refers to the Bigelow Arch Company of Detroit, USA. Bigelow-Liptak Corporation was originally incorporated in 1927 with the merger of…
Found at Castlecary Fireclay & Lime Works,Castlecary. Unidentified maker. Find location would suggest Scottish origins but…. Most likely it is a product of the Castlecary Fireclay & Lime Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. (Note – SBH – The letters could represent an abbreviation for the type of fire bricks or they could also be the customers initials. Perhaps…
Found by Ian Suddaby in the Edinburgh area. This example is not in my possession. The manufacturer of this brick is unknown. I have included it here as it could be of Scottish origins. UGB – stands for United Glass Bottle Manufacturers Ltd. They were formed in 1913 and folded in 1999. This has the look…