DON.BCo

Jerald Cotter said...


I found a brick in Griswald CT from a chimney that was torn down. It had raised lettering DON.BCo. I asked the owner when home was built and he said the 1860's. I am new to collecting and would like your help.



11 comments:

  1. Hi Jerald,

    DON.BCo is the Donnelly Brick Co.
    in Berlin, CT

    We have some info on the website on Berlin here

    There's a picture of a DON.BCo here
    However 1860 is too early for a branded Donnelly brick. I surmise that the DON.BCos you found may have been from a later modification or repair to the chimney.

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  2. Hi Jer..., Your brick was made by the Donnelly Brick Co. of both Kensington and Berlin, CT
    Chimneys, in time often need to be repointed or (at least) partially rebuilt because of weathering, cracking and
    mortar joint problems. It seems as if the upper portions of the chimneys tend to fair worse in this regard. Thus the mason making the repair may utilize brick which are much newer than the pre existing chimney brick and ... also, ... newer than the building. I would suspect any chimney that old did not feature a liner.. In time there would be risk of a chimney fire and flames may find their way through a crack in the mortar joint. In consideration of this possibility, homeowners may have elected to replace the chimney with a flue liner.
    It is also possible the chimney was added much later, in terms of the age of the building, if a new heating system was installed.

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  3. I found a Don B. Co brick snorkeling in Block Island, RI. Would there be any records of where the brick may have been a part of? Lighthouse, shipwreck, other structure that fell into the sea..

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  4. My house was built in 1902 as one of many homes for workers of the old Cheney Brothers mills. There are..Don B. Bricks all over the place...foundation, sidewalks etc. I live in Manchester, CT.

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  5. P.S. to the above. There are also some that say PVBC and Nassau.

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  6. Found a brick in Ocean City, NJ stamped SB & T Co Clearfield, anyone have any ideas about it. Never was a brick works co in Ocean City?!!

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  7. My kids found a Don B. Co brick on the beach in RI after hurricane Sandy came through. Any marking on it to find out how old it is?

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  8. I found a DONBCO brick in a demo rubble pile in a contractors sand pit in Truro on Cape Cod in 2004.

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  9. We just unearthed quite a few of these bricks and reused them in a walkway. Very interesting reading and nice to know where the bricks originated. We live in Ivoryton, CT

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  10. Found a DONBCO Brick in a steam in Bristol off route 72 July 24,2016 My email is jgiovanni111@aol.com

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  11. We have DON.B Co bricks taken from a chimney in Charlestown NH. My family owns a supermarket that has been in the building built in 1787. A few remodels have been done,but not sure how old the chimney was.

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