OF STAINED GLASS
Without our customers we would not exist.
Our customers are the most important part of our
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
here to e-mail
not disclose any information regarding its customers to third
Refunds will be given at
the discretion of the Company Management.
Stained Glass Copyright
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Our packaging for export
proves itself on a daily basis and is practically bounce
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.
If you require further information on any of the
items listed on
TO RETURN TO HOME
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.
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
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.
Registered Office: 58 Speeton Avenue BD7 4NQ UK
Tel 0044 1274 884777 Or 0044 1274 501338