Collecting Tips

Shane Lanan said...

I have been collecting bricks for years out of Windsor, CT. Out of about 120, I have a number of makes and varieties not listed on the site. Also have a collection of fire bricks and pavers. I'd like to participate. What is the first step?


  1. Hi Shane,

    I guess, to answer your question ... are you interested in trading brick? If that is the case there are lots of collectors around. Some are rather private and are content to collect what the personally find, others like the common building brick, others are focused on paving brick, and /or regional brick.

    I tend to like regionally manufactured (i.e. New England/NY and NJ) building and fire brick and to some degree, pavers. Most collectors tend to restrict themselves to bricks that have a name, initials or a trademark.

    A lot of collectors are not all that fond of computers. It may be an age related thing - like what a person feels he/she is proficient in using. Many collectors have lots of extra brick to swap with. It becomes a matter of what one feels he still "needs" and what the other may wish. Usually collectors swap brick at no charge tho' the shipping can add up. For some reason, shipping costs often seem to be overlooked/ignored.

    If you wish to pursue trading a little further, there are some relatively nearby (Kingston,NY and West Barnstable, MA collectors that may be able to get "get you going". There are a few brick that appear to be EVERYWHERE like HOMEWOOD, P&M, SSBCO, HUTTON, SHULTZ, and S&H. There is a lot out there to find.

    We hope this helps. ... and thanks for the visit. Fred

  2. Thanks Fred. Yes, I'm interested in trading bricks from New England and Mid-Atlantic. I try to get two or three when I make a find. The Connecticut Valley is a great place to find bricks ("clean fill" landfills, sunken rail beds in urban areas, river banks, ruins, their manufactuturing sites, etc.). My job takes me through many old industrial proeperties where I ask to take any finds. I guess I should post photos of the bricks I'm willing to trade. Not much for computer posts so will take some time. If you could hook me up with trading collectors that would be terrific. Shane

  3. Hi Shane,

    You also may be interested in joining the I.B.C.A. (International Brick Collectors' Association). They publish a journal with all sorts of information from other collectors and they hold swap meets several times a year where you can trade brick. Here's a link to their website: I.B.C.A.

  4. My daughter found a very old red brick stuck in creek bed in Madison IN. It is stamped faintly reading Tiger Crown. Would anyone have any info? Thanks.

  5. I came across this about Tiger Bricks. I hope it helps:

    "Charles Taylor immigrated from England in 1850 and began working in the Bromley Pottery in Cincinnati. He eventually married Bromley's daughter. In the late 1850s he found flint fireclay in Kentucky, and in 1859 made the first firebricks in the region in an old brewery in Ashland, KY. These bricks proved of good quality, and about 1862 he began a brick works in Cincinnati that would exist for over 100 years.

    The high grade fireclays were about 90 miles upriver from Cincinnati and were barged downriver. The clays were found in the hills bordering the Tygart River. Locals referred to this river as the "Tiger" River. It is believed that this is the origin of the TIGER brands.

    Taylor also had a plant in Anniston, AL and one in New Cumberland, WV, but these were shortlived. In 1902 or thereabouts they purchased the Tygart River Firebrick Company at South Shore, KY. It is likely that the TIGER brand was already being used before this time. The Taylor's (sic?) sold the company to National lead following WWII."

  6. My name is Leo Mendez.I live in Houston Texas.I have lots of Texas antique bricks will like to trade brick from other states.What are the steps to start contacting other collectors? I am a old brick and stone mason,love the history behind each brick.