This 2003 photo shows the Glazed brick chimney on the Southampton Township, Somerset County family farmhouse that belonged to Daniel Korns, Jr., then to John Wilson Korns, then to Allen Korns; note the lightening rod. Several local farm houses use this finely made white glazed brick above the roof line, including the house on the nearby of Michael Korns, Sr farm. According to local tradition, the craftsman who made this style of local brick took the secret of making them to his grave.
The local oral tradition about the enamel bricks turns out to have a basis in truth, according to an article in the March 2000 Cumberland times titled “Mount Savage Enamel Brick Co.”. An individual named Andrew Ramsay developed a way to apply the enamel to the bricks in a single firing, and they were sold throughout the western hemisphere. The business was in operation from 1896 to 1928.
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