Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Bricks with Impressed Heart Marks

I picked up a few different bricks from a neighbour last week to add to my collection.  Yes, I also collect bricks and also garden edge tiles.  Haven't got a huge collection of each but I like to pick the odd ones up when I can.  I suppose my brick collection began over 30 years ago when we bought 5 tip truck loads of bricks from the then demolished Virginia Pipe Works to use as paving around our home.  Of course there happened to be many different impressed frog marks amongst the 6,000 or so old bricks which meant I had to keep aside examples of each of the earlier ones.  Couldn't help myself.  Hence my brick collection was born.

Anyway, below is a photo of two bricks with impressed hearts in them.  One with a single heart and one with two hearts.  I would love to know where they were made.  My guess is that they are of Queensland origin but don't have a clue to their age or which brickworks they come from.  Please feel free to leave a comment if you know any information about them.






The next two bricks also came from my neighbour.  I am sure that the 'Q' stands for Queensland but have no idea which brickworks it comes from.  The other brick has 'W' (or maybe an 'M')  impressed into the frog (the indentation in the face of a brick).  Any information about any of these bricks would be most appreciated.


I will put some of my other bricks and garden edge tiles on a future post.

19 comments:

  1. Cool,reminds me of lots of hard work!

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  2. I like the heart bricks! I've never seen any like that before!

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  3. My sister and I recently brought a house and have found a wall in the downstairs section with these exact same bricks. House is in Camp Hill. Would love to know more about them.

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    1. So would I Danielle. Would love to see a photo of the wall! Do you know how old your house is?

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    2. Danielle, I'd love to see a photo also!

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    3. Do you have any with hearts joined 225mmx114mmx70mm?

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  4. I have a brick with the outline of a heart in middle of brick - Found it near Maleny in Queensland in 1983

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    1. As per my above message my heart brink would make a very nice Valentine's Day gift to a love one - Can send pic if anyone interested

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    2. Hi Richard,
      I would love to see a pic of your brick. It may be the same as another one that I have that coincidentally also came from Maleny. You can read about it a dn see a photo of it in my post http://www.johnnyfivecollectables.com/2013/06/my-collectorama-treasures-june-2013.html

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  5. Hello Johnny,Can you send me your email address, mine is rpneville@hotmail.com

    Once I hear from you I will send you a pic - This brick is not the same as yours. I think mine is one in a million.

    Regards

    Richard

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  6. I was given a red brick with an impressed heart in it and I was wondering the origin of mine as well...

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    1. I have just found out it is an 1831 Fairfield Convict Sandstock Brick :-) ERA 1830-1840 :-)

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    2. Hi Christina, Do you have a photo of your brick that you could share with us?

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  7. Hey there, I too have a brick with the W on it. I recently went to St Helena's Island - the old jail island off Brisbane, and found they had a heap of them. I asked the tour guide who mentioned the W stands for Workshop. They were made on the island and some through various means ended up on the mainland. I found that interesting as is your post. Thanks, Eric.

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  8. I have a brick with 2 hearts, it and others were in a border garden of a friend here in the Adelaide Hills!!

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  9. I have one brick with two hearts and another one with one heart would they be worth anything no

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  10. I have a brick with a heart in it as well. From a house in Westend, Brisbane. Its not as deep as yours though, Johnny.

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  11. https://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/exhibition/objectsthroughtime/convict-sandstock-bricks/index.html

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