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Antiquewindows.com

Without our customers we would not exist.

Our customers are the most important part of our business.

Personal contact is very important at all times. To this end you can contact us
7.00 am to 10 pm London Time Seven Days Per Week

Telephone 0044 1274 501338

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Antiquewindows.com do not disclose any information regarding its customers to third parties

Refunds will be given at the discretion of the Company Management.
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Stained Glass Copyright

The stained glass windows photographs on this web site are of antique windows which have been removed from old houses in the UK . These photographs are the registered copyright of Antiquewindows.com

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Value Appraisal

For many years now the drafty old houses of England have been systematically brought up to date with double glazing systems thought necessary for the comfort required by today's society. This has meant the removal of many precious works of art , sometimes of considerable antiquity. The quality of glass used in many of these windows will never be repeated as processes involving the mixing of metal oxides, sometimes along with dangerous substances such as arsenic, is no longer allowed.

 

The value of your home can only appreciate by the addition of beautiful windows.

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SERVICES

 

Additional services available are:-

Insulation:-Your window can be encased between two panes of clear glass to form triple glazing.

Safety:-Toughened glass can be used to comply with safety requirements.

Framing:- Joiner made frames can be supplied.

Shipping/hanging frames are supplied as standard at no extra cost.

 

We would also be pleased to advise on the best way to use antique widows to suit both interior decor and architectural requirements.

 

Glazing bars can be added if required to add strength. These are necessary only in special circumstances.

UK customers refurbishing period homes may also require the services of specialist flooring contractors.

May we recommend Designer Flooring LTD for your Period Floor

Australian customers may wish to visit our AU site


History

In the first quarter of the twelfth century, a German monk, who adopted the pen name Theophilus, wrote a description of the techniques of making stained glass. The basic methods have hardly changed. Glass was made by melting sand, potash and lime together in clay pots. The glass was colored by the addition of metallic oxides - copper for red, iron for green, cobalt for blue and so on. This is called pot-metal glass. Pot-metal glass, especially red glass, was often too dark to transmit much light. To overcome this, 'flashed' glass was made by dipping a lump of white glass on the blowpipe into a pot of red glass and then blowing, This provided sheets of glass with a thin surface layer of colour. Later, parts of this layer could be removed by grinding with an abrasive wheel; this produced two colour's, red and white, on the same piece of glass.

Because paper was scarce and parchment very expensive, the full scale outline of the design for a stained glass window was drawn out on a whitened table top. The designer would indicate the principal outlines of his drawing, the shape and colour of the individual pieces of glass to be used, and the position of lead strips (calmes) that would eventually hold all the pieces of glass together. The panes of coloured glass were cut to shape with a 'grozing iron' and laid on top of the drawing. Through the glass, details of the drawing - faces, hands, drapery etc. - could be seen and these details were traced with an iron oxide pigment on the surface of the glass. After painting, the pieces were fired in a small furnace for sufficient time to fuse the paint to the surface of the glass, and then re-laid on the table and assembled by the glazier, using strips of lead H-shaped in section, which allowed the glass to be slotted into the grooves on each side. The lead provided a strong but flexible bond. The intersections of all the lead strips were then soldered, and an oily cement was rubbed into all the joints in order to make them watertight. The panels were then held in place in the window openings by a grid of iron bars set into the masonry.

From the early fourteenth century a further range of colour's varying from a pale lemon to a deep orange could be achieved on one piece of glass through the discovery of 'silver stain', a silver compound painted on the back of the glass and then fired in a kiln.

By the mid sixteenth century many different coloured enamels were being used. As a result, windows began to be painted like easel pictures on clear glass of regular rectangular shape, with lead calmes no longer an integral part of the design. These methods prevailed from the seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries. However, the earlier techniques were revived in Victorian times.

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Packaging and Shipping

Our packaging for export   proves itself on a daily basis and is practically bounce proof.

Shipping prices quoted are air freight and are fully insured against loss and damage. Delivery from 2 days.

If you are in any way dissatisfied with your purchase Antiquewindows will, at their discretion, give a full refund.

For an individual quote on multiple orders E-mail sales giving the # numbers and descriptions.

A tracking or shipping number will be E-mailed to you on dispatch of order .

If you would like to order a number of items shipping costs can often be reduced by making one package. Multiple packages to the same address are also much less expensive per package.

We take a great deal of care in ensuring that all your requirements are met in full. If you feel there is any way in which we can improve your buying experience please let us know.

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PHOTOS

Additional photos can be produced digitally with the colour's altered to those of your choice.

This is a time consuming process and will only be undertaken if you are committed to purchase.

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PAYMENTS

Payment can be charged directly to your credit card. To use this facility please click on the credit card logo under the picture of the item you are purchasing. Alternatively you can fax or phone your details .If you have a Paypal account you can use this payment option. You can pay with Paypal without opening a Paypal account. Just enter your credit card details.Shipping costs will be inserted in the shipping costs box automatically. Please e-mail sales if you have agreed a different one or are an international customer.

Payment can be made using an international money order. This can be obtained from your bank. Provided the bank is an internationally recognised one money orders are treated as cleared on receipt and your goods dispatched immediately. Direct payment to a USA or UK bank can be made by arrangement (Cash , cheque or wire transfer)

Personal cheques are welcome particularly when drawn against a UK bank. These take three days to clear. Cheques drawn on other banks require twenty eight days to clear in UK, five days if deposited in USA.

If you are purchasing by any other method than credit card please e-mail sales(click here)marking the subject box with the words purchase order and include the #number of the item. Please give your name and address for shipping and telephone number for the delivery person. Your purchase will be confirmed by return e-mail along with details of how to make out your cheque or money order.

Antiquewindows.com

Registered Office: 58 Speeton Avenue BD7 4NQ UK

Tel 0044 1274 884777 Or 0044 1274 501338

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