Re: Parget coat old brick or re-build
In a house that old chances are you may have locally or on the farm made brick. If it is the surface would be the only hard part. With this type of brick once the surface is broken the rest of the brick will crumble very easily. Because it's only 3 bricks I would suspect that they were damage, perhaps when something heavy was moved into or out of the basement, or when something fell over against the chimney.
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