A.P. Green Empire D.P.

Sheila Dodd comments:
We found what looks like a well in our backyard when we were doing some digging. It is lined with bricks. One of the bricks has A.P. Green Empire D.P. on it. When were these made and are they still manufactured? Our house was built in the late 1800's to early 1900's.

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  1. Hello Sheila,

    The A.P.Greens are firebricks made by the A.P. Green Fire Brick Co. of Mexico, MO. The D. P. refers to "double press". The term EMPIRE differentiates the brick from other specification grades the company makes
    and may relate to the source of the clay and the mixture thereof. ... and
    they are still in business.

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  2. I have also found bricks down the hill in my backyard that also say, A.P. GREEN EMPIRE D.P.Thanks for your help Fred, but I was hoping it was something worth money. Well, I guess thats too bad, but again thank you.

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  3. hi fred, i found a brick buried in a friends stream with the name a.p.green on it. me and my friends looked him up, so we know who he is. but are they worth money? if so, how much per brick???? thanks!

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  4. The orginal AP Green Refractories is no longer producing bricks. It shut down in Mexico, MO in 2002. I do not know if the bricks are worth any money. I would hold on to it and see if there are any others out there.

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  5. Bill Perkins said...
    Good Evening, My son just found a brick that day AP Green Empire DP....in the bottom of a small creek bed of our farm. This brick almost has a granite like appearance with morter stuck to the back of it. We have a farm built approx. around the turn of the century. We live in south central WI. Any idea wha the brick is doing in the bottom of my creek bed that we opened up recently ??

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  6. Fred, I believe D.P. on A.P.Green bricks stands for "Dry Press"

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  7. Fred, I worked at AP Greens in Mexico Mo. for 31 years, 3 years in Dry Press Department. The letters D.P. stand for "Dry Press".

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    1. Hello My name is shantelle. I was gardening today and I found one that states A.P Green Ozark D.P My home is in Worthington, Mn.;)

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    2. I live in Jeffersontown, KY and found one with the same markings!

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    3. While knocking out an old concrete step, I also found an Ozark brick. Paducah, KY here.

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    4. I have about 60 AP Green Ozark DP bricks we saved from our old farmhouse when we rebuilt. I was wanting to make a sidewalk with them. Researching them turned up a lot of asbestos information. Does anyone know if they are safe to use?

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  8. The A.P. Green Empire D.P fire bricks also show up in Montreal. I found one in a 1954 roadway backfill.

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  9. I just found an A.P. Green Empire D.P. brick in Port Dover Ontario. We have a history in this area with farm and home construction dating back to the 1812 era when the US invaded and burnt the town down during the war. I don't suspect the brick is that old but it would be interesting to know when it came from and how it got here.

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  10. There is a lot of information about A. P. GREEN & EMPIRE D. P. on this Blog and on the website.
    Use these links:

    http://brickcollector.blogspot.com/search?q=green


    http://shs.umsystem.edu/famousmissourians/entrepreneurs/green/index.html


    And you can always use the Search boxes on the website for more info.
    Thanks for visiting!

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  11. I found an A.P Green brick on a shipwreck site. It says "A.P. GREEN/ MEX-KO" Anyone know what the KO stands for or the date of this brick?

    Steve
    amxess@aol.com

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  12. i have found about 50 bricks and was wondering how much they were worth

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  13. I have about 180 tan colored bricks of a larger than modular dimension bearing "AP Green, Ozark DP". They came from Cushing, Oklahoma and are from a building that was constructed some time during the 1920's. They have the definite feel and proportion of fire bricks. I am using them to build the hearth of a traditional bread oven.

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  14. I have AP GREEN YUKON firebricks anyone know the history on these bricks I intend to use them on a wood fired pizza oven

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  15. I found a gray brick in my yard. It says A. P. Green in the first line and the number 4565. Does anyone know anything about it?

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  16. I also have aprox 30 bricks that I got when they tore down an old hotel in Mt. Clemens, mi. back in 1995. They also have Farberware mo. high grade stamped on them-what does that mean?

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  17. I have come across a scratch pad of sorts from the A.P. Green Firebrick Company of Ohio. Located in Toledo, Ohio anyone know when this might have been from ?

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  18. To anonymous August 11, 2012 8:06 PM: A.P. Green manufactured almost all of their brick for industrial use. They (and other manufacturers) would formulate the brick recipes to meet the needs of industries with different chemical resistances, temperature extremes, and other abnormal stresses. When formulating the recipes they would keep track of the changes by numbering. The brick with the number 4565 most probably refers to the 45th recipe try in 1965. When the brick would meet the specifications they were trying to achieve so that mass production could begin, they would give it an actual name such as Empire.

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  19. i found one in effingham il, down by a rail road and next to the wabash river, it say A.P green F.B Co Standard S.m. do they still make this still.

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  20. I just found on that also says A P GREEN MEX-KO on it in Portland, Oregon, any idea what the KO stands for? or when these were manufactured?

    -Drew

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  21. Just found a brick "A P GREEN EMPIRE ..."something, at Nettleham, Lincolnshire, UK. Exactly 9x4.5x3 inches, very precise, sharp corners. One very dark face. I'll see if there are some more & perhaps get the last bit of the inscription.

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  22. Graham Beaumont. Lincoln, UK
    Just found one marked A P GREEN EMPIRE E. Does anyone know what the E stands for

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  23. My name is Elizabeth. I saw done of those A.P.Green Empire D.P. bricks in Raytown MO. At cave springs. In a very old chimney.

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  24. Walking along the banks of the Mississippi today in the Minneapolis area I saw numerous bricks (mostly pieces) labeled as stated above. Curiosity killed the cat! Now I know. tks all

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  25. Hi, my name is Bennie. I live in Angie, LA and I found a brick in the stump of a big tree. My brick says AP Green Ozark S.M.

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  26. I have about 20,000 salvaged AP Green firebrick stamped Ozark S.M. The kilns used to fire the bricks at my grandpas brickyard were made of them.

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  27. We found an AP Green Empire S. M. brick in Drumright, OK sitting on a metal post.

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  28. just got a about 100 AP Green Empire bricks.. was going to do a walkway with them but after a little research... do they have asbestos in them???

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  29. I have a huge free standing stove harth made of a p green.mex-r-co mo-rex brick they came from a turn of the century saw mill oven-burner on the property .love em.roseburg oregon.

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  30. Found some A.P. Green "IDAHO" marked fire brick, a white clay looking brick. Would anyone have info on those?

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  31. I read that AP Green filed for bankruptcy in 2002 for asbestos claims so a trust was set up.
    If the brick are in real good shape they're probaby OK but if they are crumbly around the edges don't expose the handling of them to children or teenagers, especially cutting or polishing. It takes 30 to 50 years for Mesothelioma to show up. So you'll be long gone before it effects them.
    I've recently been diagnosed with it and 40 years ago I was wheeling these bricks out of kilns, that had fallien out.
    Good luck be safe my friends.

    Gary

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  32. laughing leonardMay 1, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    On vacation in st George Utah, a p green firebricks were used for the Leeds mill. At the site of the assay furnace backside of silver reef. Light colored bricks AP Green Empire DP. Leeds mill went into operation in Dec 1876. I believe the bricks I found are much newer and were used in assay not killing. Great site, thanks for the info on the bricks.

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    1. I have A.P green fire bricks that were made back in the 1930's -1937....It is 10 x4 1/2 x 3 what is the value of it please if anyone can help me

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  33. After the tornado of 2011 through Downtown Springfield, MA, my husband recovered several A.P.Green Empire bricks from an old Italian bakery. We are now using them to build an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven.
    Thanks for your helpful info.,
    Barb

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  34. I live in Dallas TX with a rail line behind my house. Neighborhood was built in the 1950's. The backyard had a brick lined flower garden border spanning the three sides. I have found many of these Empire Bricks. At first I thought they said AP GREEN EMPIRE R.R. but they must say DP. Thanks for the info. These bricks seemed to have made it far and wide. They are still in very good shape. But I have no idea for the lifespan of a brick.

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  35. Hey Guys, I found on a place we bought in 2006..a brick marked A.P. Green, F.B. Co, Mexico, MO. Does anyone know when these were made? Thanks

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  36. I live in central New Jersey. In the early 60's my Dad put in a sidewalk of A.P. Green bricks of different sizes - regular, a 7x4&1/2 inch which is stamped No. 2 ARCH, and a 9x6&3/4 inches which is stamped MEX-KO and LOO. They are still in great shape.

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  37. Working on a house built in the 1800 I found stamped in it only OZARK D P. Not sure of maker any info would be apreciated

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  38. what is the shape of the AP GREEN CLIPPER SM BRICK HAVING SIZE OF 9" x 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"

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  39. Found one in Topeka, KS - A. P. Green Empire D.P. Thanks to everybody for a very interesting blog.

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  40. Found some in the bottom (flooring?) of an abandoned bldg in Fay, Okla. Looks like they survived a fire. "AP Green / Ozark DP"

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  41. I found a pair of fire bricks with curved tops marked A.P. Green. Below name was marked JAMB. Any one seen this variation? I will post the neat pair that would be awesome book ends! On Ebay before end of June 2016 for low starting bid of 9.99 check em out and any comments appreciated.

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  42. I have a quantity of fire bricks marked A.P.Green/Mex-Ko. These came out of an old factory smoke stack in 1960. The factory was about 50 years old at the time.
    I am curious to know what the KO stands for and if they are of any value.

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  43. I live in southeast Virginia and have found several 'A. P. Green 1 Split' bricks in my yard over the years. I have no idea what they were used for since none of the homes in my neighborhood are made of brick.

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  44. 05-09-17. Just found an A P Green CLIPPER in my back yard,Melbourne Florida

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  45. Hello- I recently found some Buckeye DP bricks in my yard. Can you tell me what the DP means here? Thanks!

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  46. A.P. GREEN OZARK D.P. found at Crowsnest Lake in Coleman, Alberta
    :)

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  47. Mark, August 12, 2017 1 PM

    We discovered a couple bricks beneath an old backdoor step that we removed at a home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The bricks say "A.P. GREEN" on the top line and "EMPIRE D.P." on the bottom line.

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  48. Have 100s of them in my yard in California

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