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1898 Stained Glass
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DigitalMat    Posted 07-09-2004 at 07:19:11       [Reply]  [No Email]

In my house when we bought it were two of these stained glass windows. We were told they came from a local church and were installed in 1898. The church was torn down in the 1980's and the windows were bought at auction and installed in the house. Anybody know anything about stained glass? I plan to do some research to find out where they were made and that type of stuff. My house was built in 1977, but I think it's cool that the windows are so old. Interesting American Gothic touch to my New England SaltBox shaped house.

Maggie/TX    Posted 07-09-2004 at 08:57:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Beautiful window Mat! I'm not nearly an expert, but would say right off the bat that you have several thousand dollars worth of windows there. Stained glass is expensive these days even for the new stuff but I would think that the fact these are vintage would make them very valuable indeed. You can check on eBay for an idea. You might think about having your homeowners insurance company do an appraisal and get these windows insured well.

Salmoneye    Posted 07-09-2004 at 08:48:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

Preserve them for posterity!

TO35    Posted 07-09-2004 at 08:10:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't tell you much about stained glass but I'm sure a google search should steer you in the right direction. I use to sandblast alot and I'd always run across someone who wanted thier glass etched for the staining process...they would bring it to me taped off and I'd etch it with the sandblaster. I've done that quite abit and it makes for a nice pattern for staining. Of course its touchy work to etch glass, you cant be to close or you will gouge or bust it, to far away and it does not etch just scratch....guess I'd call it an art espically when I was using a 600cfm compressor,1/2 ton sand pot and a 3"
I had a smaller blaster but they'ed always catch me when I was doing a big job......

TO.....who loves stained and etched glass

deadcarp    Posted 07-09-2004 at 08:01:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's a real nice window mat :) My niece does stained glass - right now she's building a set of windows for a church in hibbing. She has (i think)13 panels done (it goes across a whole wall) and they depict all kindsa doves and olive branches. They're real soldered stained glass and they protect them by mounting smooth glass on both sides.

DigitalMat    Posted 07-09-2004 at 13:31:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks everybody for the comments. I will do some searches and maybe see if there is a historical society in the town the church originally stood. My wife just told me that some friends of ours went there as children. As far as protection for the windows goes, they have plexiglass a few inches away on the outside, but the inside is bare and open. Fortunately they are high on the wall and except for the one fairly near a spiral staircase, they are out of the normal traffic patterns.

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