Antique Stained Glass Window

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  1. GaleriaGila

    GaleriaGila Hola, y'all!

    20160210_192854_resized.jpg As some of you know, we're downsizing and moving; here's one of the casualties. I have an appointment to show this to the local power-player shop dealing with stained glass this weekend. I'd like to be ready to recognize a reasonable offer. It measures about 2.5 by 2.5 feet. It's apparently the top half of a design. My online research tells me it is definitely antique... most similar pieces sell for 2-300... but they are complete designs without flaws (note the damaged glass, upper right in second picture). So I figure a reasonable offer would be 75-ish. Please forgive me for asking directly about price. HONESTLY, it's not so much the money as it is that I hate to get taken... don't we all? I don't know anything about the dealer or his reputation.
    If more pictures are needed, you'll get them
    Muchas gracias!
    Gila 20160209_141905_resized_1.jpg
     
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  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    What a fine suncatcher....it goes in a widow....takes up no room !!!

    But ...from where I sit even with the damage....stained glass is expensive....
    I'd settle for no less than $ 400....
     
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  3. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    20160209_141905_resized_1.jpg Hi Gila,
    I would not take less than 150 for it. It would take a good restorer about 20 mins to repair. I have done a lot of small repairs like this but has taken me longer, about 2 hours. The easiest way would be cut off the top piece and just replace the small square. The blue sky is WONDERFUL
    greg
     
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  4. GaleriaGila

    GaleriaGila Hola, y'all!

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwzer...
    Thank you! Both!!!!! If I don't get a worthy offer, it DOES make a nice suncatcher...
     
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  5. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    Very nice window in an aesthetic motif that is a bit hard to find. If it were without damage, I wouldn't hesitate to ask $375.00 or more for it. I think with the damage, $75.00 is too low even to a dealer. It is a pretty easy fix for the right person. I would shoot for $150.00 and take a reasonable offer close to that. Better yet, why not try it on CL or ebay with pick-up only and shoot for more ($250.00 OBO)?
     
  6. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    I see that there are cracks in two other corners. Is that all? If so, I would think my above advice still pertains. Cracks in the interior are much harder to fix.
     
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  7. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Very nice ... I love stained glass pieces. Looks like you have gotten some good advice! I see what you mean about it being the top half of a design. Do you think it's been reframed, then? It is hard for me to tell how old this might be from the photos. Looks like a lot of it is made with the copper foil method, although some may be lead cane. Copper foiling was not really done prior to the 20th century, I don't think. And the frame around it looks relatively new to me. But that might not be original to the piece.

    I took some classes in making this kind of thing, long ago. I never graduated beyond basic classes, but I do know the amount of work that goes into making these sorts of pieces.
     
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  8. Jen and George

    Jen and George Well-Known Member

    Just my opinion, but living where you do you might just quickly try a craigslist ad. We sold 2 windows in not so nice a condition this past summer to someone from Cleveland. Had many, many responses and got nice money. The man who bought them was using them in a bar in his basement and ended up buying a mirror from us, too.
     
  9. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Yes it's foil so easier to fix but may be hard to match the patina.
     
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  10. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    Can't comment on value, but this might be much newer than you think. Patterns like this were readily available in the 1970s and '80s. I'm not such a fan of the blue; a nice color, but I feel a diligent maker would have tried to align the streaks rather than setting the pieces all higgledy piggledy.
     
  11. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    I most certainly concur with that design flaw point.
     
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  12. GaleriaGila

    GaleriaGila Hola, y'all!

    Komo and Greg... thank you!
    Brad and Fig, thank you! CL... noted, Brad. Yes, Fig, it was reframed maybe 30 years ago.
    Jen, George... I think Craig's List or such will be my Plan B...
    King, thank you for that!
    I am so happy... I will walk into that dealer with some smarts... and keep the piece if I'm not satisfied... prepared with a Plan B.
    Now I won't walk in clueless. What a great feeling.
    MOS... noted... thanks... pretty sure this was in a basement by 1950... but not sure...
    *singing*
    "... with a little help from my friends..."
     
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  13. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    If you like it...and want to keep it...it wouldn't be too hard for you to repair yourself because it's foil.
     
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  14. GaleriaGila

    GaleriaGila Hola, y'all!

    Speaking of later pieces... this I believe is 1970s-ish... not sure what to do with IT! glass.jpg
     
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  15. GaleriaGila

    GaleriaGila Hola, y'all!

    Oh, Kingsie!
    I'd probably electrocute myself!
     
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  16. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Stained glass Rorschach test? ;)
     
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  17. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    No...... :)
    You could get cut and burn yourself...with effort. :)
     
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  18. GaleriaGila

    GaleriaGila Hola, y'all!

    Kingsie, you're a piece of work yourself!
    xoGila
     
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  19. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Ha!!!!!
    I think that was a compliment............................ ;)
     
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  20. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    Doesn't look like foil to me. I think thin lead caming and old. Would like to see a close-up and the texture on the opposite side of the glass to be sure. The comment about the glass graining to be mis-matched is well taken.

    This would have been the top half of a double-hung window. Here is a similar window as it would have appeared on-site. Note the asking price on this baby. The form and quality of this is superior but I think Gila's window to be quite nice.

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    http://www.antiqueamericanstainedglasswindows.com/fid13056ab/
     
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