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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 of a high silica content brick.

It is unknown if UGB had possession of a brickworks themselves and manufactured their own bricks or did they buy in their bricks with their logo already stamped thereon.

I note this detail regarding UGB and their ownership of the Portobello brickworks near Edinburgh  – “After the death of Victor Wood in 1935, the old Family connections ceased and in 1937 Woods Bottle Works (1920) Ltd. was taken over by The United Glass Bottle Manufacturers Ltd. A new batch house was built in 1937 and a third furnace, a Teisen Recuperative Furnace, was built alongside No. 62 Furnace at that time known as the oil tank”

Teisen Furnaces of Kings Norton, Birmingham. C.E. Offices and Stores: ECKERSALL ROAD, KING’S NORTON, BIRMINGHAM 30. T.A ., “Tete, Birmingham”. T.N., King’s Norton 2284/6 (3 lines). Continental Branch: FOURS TEISEN, PARIS. Represented in SCANDINAVIA, INDIA and SOUTH AMERICA. Established 1923.
Contractor, patentee and designer of tank furnaces, pot furnaces, lehrs, pot arches and all other glassworks furnaces for firing with producer gas, town and coke oven gas or oil; recuperators, glassworks refractories and machinery; gas producers; oil burners, regulators and valves for furnaces; mixing plant; Teisen patent hexagonal recuperators; glassworks refractories and special cements; automatic batch feeders and all other glassworks plant; complete glassworks planned and built in all parts of the world.

So it is possible that Teisen supplied refractory bricks to UGB for their furnaces and therefore equally possible that they marked these bricks UGB for the customer.

Equally this was found alongside Bluebell bricks manufactured by JG Stein / GR Refractories in West Lothian. Both teh UGB and the Bluebell bricks have very similar visual characteristics and makeup so UGB could have been manufactured more locally.

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