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Please note: the most common comment on this blog is how much is ________ worth. Those comments get deleted. The answer is always – it depends. And the answer can often be found if people read the blog a bit. Take a look at e-bay and you will see single blocks for $27.50 or more – that is nuts and rarely if ever earns that much. Some bricks are worth money if you have a pallet of them, others, volume makes no difference.

I started this blog as a resource to catalog what I find out about bricks as I build my collection. There is not a lot of information out there.  The best of the web resources I have found are listed as links to the side of the blog.  I have listed a few print sources in the Brickology category.  Most people find this blog by doing a Google search for the name of a brick they have found.  Like me – these folks can tell it is old and must have some history to it but do not know where to look.  If you come to B.O.B. with some information, please share any you have and I will link it to the brick and blocks in question or have the visitor do a guest post.  Good luck to all of you that are recycling, reusing and maybe hoarding these timeless treasures.

To find out about your brick/block follow these steps:

1) Read this link – http://brickcollector.blogspot.com/p/how-to-post-question-or-comment.html

2) Read my posts in the Brickology category.

3) Read through the resources I have on the page, listed as Brick & Block Links -> especially the Crazy About Bricks Facebook Page.

4) There are a few companies that buy old blocks.  Here are two of the companies:

http://www.colonialbrickchicago.com/pavers.html

http://oldenewenglandgranite.com

These companies sell and buy by the pallet – not a few blocks at a time.

Some people try Craigslist or e-bay to sell larger quantities.  Brick collectors as a rule, will only trade a brick for a brick and will not buy one.

5) If you live in Ohio, go to the Nelsonville Brick festival – held each summer.

6) Go to the search bar in the right column of this blog and type in the name of your brick.

7) Consider joining the Crazy about Bricks Facebook Group.

Other than that, outside the info I have in each brick or block post, I don’t have more to offer.  If you find out anything, please share here for others to learn from.

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Phillip
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 08:55:07

    I am looking for some Galena brick as part of a restoration project. Red, orange and purple combination from around 1975. Any ideas where I can track some down?

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  2. Millie
    Feb 03, 2013 @ 01:01:43

    My son is from Columbus and brought me a brick that has an engraved “MD”. I can’t find any info on this brick. Just as an FYI, he found some great bricks at an old brewery in Cincinnati, a 20th Century and a Mcmanigal.

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    • Barbara Smith
      Jun 17, 2017 @ 01:25:48

      I have 3 of the Maryland Bricks. They were made in June 1940 but i can’t find out more info on them either. I saw one advertised on Ebay but it’s off the ebay listings now.

      Reply

  3. Diana Lockwood
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 07:48:48

    Wow, bricks! I have a handful of interesting bricks and blocks and feel that I am teetering on the edge of a full-blown case of brick fever. I really appreciate all the photos and info on your site. I also feel like, for good or ill, wow, I’m not the only one! Keep up the good work, and I plan to read your site regularly.

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  4. Ed
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 11:06:27

    I’m trying to approximate the date my brick carriagehouse was built. It’s made from double thickness bricks that say Zanesville Block, with the Zanesville curved across the top. I know I have some loose Harris and Bolen kicking around too, will take a better look at what I have tomorrow.

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  5. john
    May 22, 2013 @ 01:58:37

    I found some old blocks they say DAVIS SAVAGE on them I can not find any info on them any help thanks

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  6. Foster Brown
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 22:34:21

    I found a Century Block, Willow Ohio…Does anyone know the history of this business. I believe Willow was an area just south of Cleveland along the canal.

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  7. Kayla Updike
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 05:05:28

    I found a brick in our basment and it says carlyle sciotville block on it…. I am not sure what this is and cant find anything on it really? can anyone help me?

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  8. Bobby Conley
    Apr 11, 2014 @ 18:19:00

    Louisville Ky: My grandmas backyard Hikes Point, my family has salvaged various bricks usually from old downtown area. We have made pathways to enhance our yard, I’m using two Portsmouth Granite bricks for a threshhold where our properties meet, as we live next door to each other. Ill leave it face up, as an Anthropolgist I find this site pretty neat, lol, bricks are cool.

    Take care!

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  9. Stephen Kaboth
    May 22, 2014 @ 21:59:20

    If you arent in the chicago area then the first company wont even think about buying your brick. I have a plethora of old street pavers and others antique brick and they just blew me off. I will never tell anyone to do business with Colonial Brick Chicago ever. So unprofessional!

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  10. Bob Cuthbert
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 06:31:59

    Just did a brick patio around my yard waste section. Used the many bricks i have collected around my neighborhood plus an old chimmney. I placed a great Logan Block in along with several local street bricks made here including names of Bay City and Saginaw.

    Reply

  11. jeffrey sparks
    Mar 31, 2015 @ 22:59:39

    found a brick in the creek is this from a terrible place!

    Reply

    • jeffrey sparks
      Mar 31, 2015 @ 23:05:30

      what is the ironton peerless

      Reply

  12. J. Hollen
    May 27, 2015 @ 02:22:45

    Found a Hallwood Block Pat Brick in our yard. Corners are a little chipped, but can read the print easily. Would this be worth anything?

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  13. Julia Blashke
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 09:09:31

    Hi! My dad works construction in Connecticut and found a bunch of bricks with DAVIS stamped on them. My best friends last name is Davis so we gave them to her and she’s putting them into her back patio. Now we’re just curious about where they came from or the year the were made? We’ve searched the internet like crazy and have found nothing. If anyone knows anything and wouldn’t mind sharing any information that’d be much appreciated! Thank you 🙂

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  14. martha mullins
    Jul 08, 2015 @ 10:17:10

    i have a peebles brick that says peebles block raised letters,{ portsmouth ohio stamped down into brick in middle of the brick}nothing like what ive found on here

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  15. David L. Phillips
    Dec 28, 2016 @ 09:40:31

    I found and kept an LFB Wks fire brick in the Cahaba River here in Irondale Alabama. The Stephenson Shale and Brick company was located just above the river. Their brick kilns were built in 1903 and were bull dozed into the river in 1973. The bricks that they made thru the years and built half of Birmingham, were stamped L.L. Stephenson.

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  16. scott
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 03:46:45

    I found a brick that says old Kentucky on it, is it worth anything

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  17. Ethan S.
    May 04, 2018 @ 17:56:04

    I found some bricks yesterday, at the old Peebles plant in Portsmouth. I am new to this and I would just like to know how old they are and who made them. Here is the list:
    Carlyle Sciotoville Block w/ four round lugs, moderate to heavy glazing.

    Peebles Block w/ raised letters.
    Portsmout- Gas (Chipped) w/sandy yellow color.
    Portsmouth w/sandy yellow color.
    Peebles w/ recessed letters and four oval lugs.
    Egypt w/sandy yellow color.

    Portsmouth (Sandy yellow, approx. weight 8-10lbs.)
    Portsmout- Gas (Sandy yellow, broken, Approx. weight 6-7lbs.)
    Peebles (Red clay, w/glaze, four oval lugs, Approx. Weight 10lbs)
    Egypt (Sandy yellow/dirty brown, Approx. weight 9-10lbs.)
    Carlyle Sciotoville Block (Red clay, w/heavy glaze, four round lugs, Approx. weight 10lbs.)
    Peebles Block w/ raised letters (Red clay, Approx. weight 10lbs.)
    Franklin Crown (Dirty yellow, Approx. Weight 10lbs.)

    There is more, but I would be here all night typing. These are the ones i’m interested in. If anybody knows anything about these, i would appreciate a response.

    P.S. If anybody knows any interesting facts about these, I would appreciate a reply!
    Thank You!

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    • cmh gourmand
      May 05, 2018 @ 08:14:16

      Take a look at the Crazy about Bricks Facebook link on this site then post some pics, you will get some answers

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  18. Ethan S.
    Jun 14, 2018 @ 20:07:58

    Walking through the antique district in Portsmouth, I noticed a brick lying in the weeds next to a building. It said Portsmouth Block. Next to it, I saw one with Portsmouth Ohio Block written in an arch. Does anybody know who manufactured these?

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  19. Faith Ash
    Aug 13, 2018 @ 21:38:52

    I live in an area built up after civil war by German settlers in Louisville, KY. There used to be a lot of brick kilns in the area, so it was called Smoketown. (After the kilns ceased production, places filled with water & it was called Frogtown for a while too. Lol) the streets, sidewalks were all brick. My sidewalk is brick still. The curb in front of my house (well, what’s left of it) is the original cobblestone. Walking my daughter to school we came across a set of no longer used tracks (possibly trolley) & they were set in brick. My stepdaughter thought this was fascinating. It wasn’t covered in concrete due to a building being placed over it.

    All areas around where I live is historic. History is fascinating.

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  20. Dave P.
    Mar 19, 2020 @ 00:18:41

    I have a Brick wit Tiger Steel and another with Eygpt cannot where they were made .fireplace still standing are from sandstone.

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  21. Mark
    Mar 31, 2020 @ 08:49:18

    I have quite a few Logan Block Pavers… Can anyone give me a short history lesson on them? Should I be protecting them from the elements or are they just another common old brick?

    Thanks

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    • cmh gourmand
      Mar 31, 2020 @ 23:07:24

      These are common but a lot of people would be interested in them they are not as common as others.

      Reply

  22. linda l cole
    Apr 30, 2020 @ 12:40:25

    how much is a middleport brick worth??

    Reply

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