The focus of the bricks offered are bricks in the so-called "Reich format" from 1872 with the dimensions 24 x 11.5 x 6.3 cm. In Upper Germany and Austria, a larger format tended to be used; the standard format of the Danube Monarchy, for example, was 29.2 x 14.2 x 6.9 cm. In Lower Germany and the Netherlands, smaller formats of about 20 x 10 x 5 cm have traditionally been produced.

Historical roof tiles are mainly the formats plain tile, hollow or S pan and brick. These were formed by hand until the end of the 19th century. Roof tiles have been formed industrially since the 1880s, and these tiles also play a role in the trade that should not be underestimated. A Z1 from the Ludowici brickworks, the first machine-moulded folding trough tile, has a rarity character today, while "normal" hand-painted plain tile, for example, can be bought comparatively easily.


The overall availability is quite good, only for very large quantities or special requirements can the research become time-consuming.

More than you ever wanted to know about historical roof tiles can be found in the archive Historische Dachziegel.

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Typical components and keywords on the subject of brick products

  • brick, brick, masonry brick
  • imperial format, monastery format, imperial and imperial format, heraldic brick
  • Hand-moulded bricks, machine bricks
  • clinker burning
  • shaped brick
  • facing brick
  • Roof tile, roof tile, roof tile
  • plain tile
  • Krempziegel, left kremper, right kremper
  • Hollow Cup, S Cup
  • Monk and nun
  • interlocking tiles, trough interlocking tiles, double trough interlocking tiles
  • ridge tile
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