Update! Due to the great interest taken in our Savannah Grey bricks (the local newspaper even covered them!), and that we stumbled upon another salvage job brimming with many many more, we've decided to put another 3,000 on sale. These bricks are much cleaner than any we've encountered so far, as they've rested untouched since they were laid in the 19th century.
They were uncovered in perhaps one of the few remaining original Savannah structures which incorporated them extensively.
I'll certainly be writing more about these lovely bricks, their provenance, and former occupation as we uncover more details about the location.
Until then, "sut seeing they arose as they lay, almost in silence among us, at least in short account suddenly passed over; we were very unwilling they should die again, and be buried twice among us."
As we're clearing out our inventory, we decided it was time to place our beautiful Savannah Grey bricks on sale, 10,000 of them to be precise.
Considering the ever growing scarcity of these hand made bricks, it's surprising (even to us) that we were able to collect as many as we have, although our decades of renovation and deconstruction work in Savannah has certainly assisted!
As we've written elsewhere, our Savannah grey bricks (all Savannah grey bricks) date back to the early 1800s, and were hand made at the McAlpin plantation. This plantation was situated on a rare type of grey clay which was then hand-formed into these irregular and large bricks. These bricks were a great boon after the 1820 fire that reduced huge swaths of the city to cinders. After the fire brick production boomed, and were used all throughout the city. They can still be seen around the Historic District. Production finally ceased, however, by the civil war, making these bricks representative of less than 60 years of history.
Because they were hand-made and sourced in a small and unconventional deposit of grey clay, these bricks became increasingly rare, such that now it's almost impossible to find them. Their shape and composition requires a special kind of historic mortar, which looks stunning when finished.
The bricks installed in a N.C. bathroom as a chimney back:
We are willing to sell the whole lot, 3,000 bricks at greatly reduced wholesale prices. Price available upon request.
Please let us know if you'd like our bricks, and we'd love to see what purpose they end up serving! You can contact us here.