WWCo, Sparta

Anonymous said...


Have two bricks I would like more info. on. They both came from a wooded area in Northwestern, Ohio. They were used to hold sap pans above a fire in an old maple syrup camp.

W.W. Co.

SPARTA - Mineral Springs, Ohio



18 comments:

  1. Anon, The WWCo is a fire brick made in Parral, OH by the Robinson Clay Products Co.

    The Sparta is an architectural brick made for "looks' This brick was a type made by adding salt to the fire as it was being burned (baked) to give it a glazed look. The Sparta was made by the Federal Clay Products Co of Mineral City.
    Jim Graves, in his work, "Brick Manufacturers of the United States" lists them as being in business in the time period of about 1928 - 1939

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  2. Hello, Fred. I'm also trying to find information on the WWCo brick. How did you come up with your information? I cannot find anything online linking the two except for your comment. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

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  3. Buffalo, NY here. I found a W.W.C.O. brick a few years ago and then found some again built into a fireplace in Aurora, NY. I found a site saying that the fireplace's cabin was a log cabin constructed in 1940 for the kellog family by Sanford Hubbard (b.1887–d.1955). Hope this helps.

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    1. I have found a number of them in 2 spots locally to Manchester and East Dorset Vermont. One spot being the Freedley Marble Quarry on Mount Aeolus and in the basement of the old Opera House in Manchester Village

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  4. I own a 1927 house in Fort Wayne, IN. The fireplace is made of brick and one in the back has W. W. CO. stamped in it. I was trying to find info about the company and came across your post. Hope our info exchange helps each other.

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  5. We own a house originally built in late 1700s in West Orange NJ. We found a couple W.W. CO. Bricks in our garden

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  6. I have a business in Burlington Ont that is expanding. As we are digging the new foundations we have found W.W. CO bricks from what was once the Glover Box, barrel and basket factory (1893-1966)
    VJ

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  7. Another WW Co. fireplace brick in a 1923 South Bend, Indiana house. I've never found a reliable answer, and the Robinson Clay lead is the only one I've ever seen. Let me know if that's right!

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  8. I have found one in a Peru Indiana home and decided to use it as a turtle home decoration I have no idea where it came from but I like the fact that it has markings on it. If it is valuable that makes it even better for my turtle. I do NOT mean any rudeness but the turtle is my children's.
    I do what I think is best for them

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  9. I just bought a house built in 1942 in Kingston, ON. I am digging up the ground and finding an old patio or walk way made of them. They are under an inch or more of dirt and grass. It is a tough dig. There is a similar looking brick in the inside of the fireplace however I don't know if they are W.W. Co. as well.

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  10. Found ww co and some freeman fire brick in fire place in nabb IN 1800 a house

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  11. I found a brick that had washed up in my yard after a flood. I live just about 20 miles from Athens Ohio. The brick is in really good condition. 'THE FEDERAL CLAY PRODUCT CO.SPARTA MINERAL CITY OHIO' My question is are they worth anything?

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  12. Their worth lies with how much you like it versus how much to buy it from you. The real value is having enough of them to build something. Old bricks make nice decorations and conversation pieces. I believe they have little worth unless linked to a historic structure and still not much.

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  13. I too found a W. W. Co brink in my garden. My house was built in 1923 in Scotia NY.

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  14. I found some of these bricks in Miamiville, Ohio. They are in the remains of an old fireplace that is deep in the woods, near The Little Miami River. This location is also in very close proximity to the former Little Miami RailroadCamp Dennison, a historic Civil War training site.

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  15. I just happened to know where there are pallets upon pallets of these bricks never used that are quite unique and old .... They were manufactured in mineral city ohio... They were used as fire brick or fireplaces...

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  16. Anonymous,

    I am looking for Sparta bricks made in Mineral City Ohio by the Federal Clay Company. Where are these pallets you are referring to?

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  17. Anonymous June 15, 2017 3:06 PM

    I have a rather huge, old stone barbecue on my property. It is made of large rounded stones and stone slabs, all mortared together. It has been falling apart gradually for a few years. Today, we reached in and drew out a heavy, pale, pinky-beige colored brick with the initials "W.W.Co." (It could indeed serve as a weapon: 9 1/2" long, 4 1/2" wide, depth 2 1/2" and just shy of 7 1/2 lbs.) Peering inside the barbecue, we spotted more of the same bricks, all appearing in pristine shape. This, and several writers above, lead us to believe these bricks were first class parts of fireplaces, cooking sources and the like. We would be very interested in any further shared observations concerning the W.W.Co., especially located in New England.

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