Found near Fishcross, Clackmannanshire

A Stein baby fire brick.

  • 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.

Below – A similar stamp on a ‘normal’ sized brick found at the old shale oil works,  Broxburn, West Lothian.

Below – A similar stamp found in the Glasgow area.

Harley Mashall who started employment at the Stein Castlecary Works in 1949 states that these baby firebricks were only manufactured by Stein to be used by employees for building or repairing the fireplaces in their homes. They did not sell them commercially. (Note  – SBH – if this was the case why did they stamp them?). Harley states that Stein only sold products to industry and not the domestic market. The only exception he can recall to this was the sale of Maksiccar fireclay cement in small cans perhaps 1 or 2 lbs in weight. These were sold to a local ironmonger called Gillespie and Main and these small amounts were to assist locals in making repairs to their fireplaces.


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