(Note – SBH – If anyone has any information on Corporal Smith and his connection with Ayrshire, Scotland then please get in touch as I would love to know. There is very little information to be found online. I imagine Corporal Smith was a local man to Montgreenan, Ayrshire who at some point emigrated to…
Find location would suggest Scottish origins but …
1. This is a Scottish brick and the brickmark represents how durable and strong the brick is – you can rely on its properties.
2. Reliance Brick Company, Belle Plain, Iowa, USA.
10/10/2019 – Further research and information from Jean Bear, USA reveals that this brick is most likely of American origins. Jean states – “I have found several of those firebricks in southwestern Pennsylvania, USA, and know that in Curwensville, PA and Clearfield, PA they were made by Crescent Refractories Company (1922-29) or North American Refractories Company (1930-75) after they bought out Crescent. Often, though, firebrick manufacturers are hard to determine, because as smaller companies were bought by larger ones, the same molds were often used.”
Below – The reliance stamped brick found at Bo’ness. Measures approx. 9″ x 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.
Below – The reliance stamped brick found in Pennsylvania, USA. Measures approx. 9″ x 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.
The following Scottish bricks are in the possession of Jean Bear, USA and were found in California, USA. . . . . Below – Morningside O – Morningside Fireclay Works, Newmains, North Lanarkshire. (This may have actually been found in Reno, Nevada?) Below – Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow.
Found by Patti Graves – Wesolosky in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, USA. Patti states ” I found it close to an abandoned copper mining community of Delaware, Michigan. I have it prominently displayed in my home. Through your website, I have gleaned some information. I have no idea how it found it’s way to the…
Found in a creek in Poughkeepsie, NY by Stephanie LaRose. This is an interesting example. Firstly the lettering is ‘raised’ and the word Heatheryknowe is split into two, Heathery Knowe like the Coal Company name. Whereas both my example have the name as one and the lettering is ‘impressed’ – see link . . Below…
Found by Brady Treneer on the St. Croix river, Robbinston, Maine, USA. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. The manufacturer of this brick is unknown but I am beginning to lean heavily toward it being a Gartcraig brick due to the volume of Gartcraigs that turn up on foreign shores. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works,…
This brick was found in Truckee, California by Rick Jones. Robert Brown & Son, Ferguslie Fireclay Works, Paisley, Renfrewshire . . . .
This brick was found in Truckee, California by Gary Underhill. Gary states ” I recovered this burnt example from the former site of the Boca Brewery, located on the banks of the Truckee River, outside Truckee, California. The brewery, one of the largest in the nation at the time was in operation from 1875 until…
Below – 1884 – UK v USA fire brick trade. Export and import. . . . .
In May 2019, Steve Blankenbeker residing in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA kindly donated the following very interesting bricks to the Scottish Brick History project. Below – Tiger – I work for Taylor Clay Products in NC and the tiger brand bricks were made by the ancestors of the man who owns the company now, Charles…
Found on the old site previously occupied by the Etna Brick Works, Bathville. Unidentified maker. Find location would suggest Scottish origins but … There is however a distinct possibility that this fire brick is of American origins. Trojan is a brand name for bricks produced by Gladding, McBean and Co, Southgate, Los Angeles County, California….