Copper Firebrick Decorator
Own a bit of history with this Copper Firebrick decorator. The decorator measures 12" x 7" x 1 1/2" and weighs 12.2 pounds. The piece features one full brick and three partial bricks. Now a bit of the history of what firebrick is all about.
Firebrick is from the old, hand-fired copper smelter of the Calumet & Hecla Mining Co., at Hubbell, Michigan. The hand fired smelter was built in 1885/86. But by the mid-1920's, furnaces had been added to the facility. The smelter continued to operate until 1968. It was then closed and dismantled from 1968-1973. Over the years, the smelting process resulted in the firebrick that lined the smelter, absorbing molten copper and other metals from the ore charge. When the smelter was torn down, local rockhounds and lapidaries quickly discovered that the copper had impregnated the bricks and mad beautiful clocks, bookends, decorators, and jewelry. This is a true rare piece of Michigan history.