Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Common Types of Glass Found in Antique Windows

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Antique and vintage windows are made from several types of glass and come in a variety of designs and styles. Because every type of glass will throw a different color or pattern on the walls of your home, it is helpful to understand more about the common types of glass found in antique windows.

Common Types of Glass: 

Beveled Glass: Beveled glass is made from plate glass (flat glass), which is typically 3/16" - 3/8" in thickness that has been cut to create a sloped edge. The sloped edges known as bevels catch the light for a rainbow-colored, prismatic effect.

Clear Glass: A clear glass window pane that allows light to enter a space unobstructed. Clear glass can be flat, beveled, wavy, and even jeweled.

Jeweled Glass: Commonly called "gems," jeweled glass are three-dimensional pieces of glass, sometimes clear, but commonly stained, that are molded or faceted (cut) by hand similar to a precious stone like a diamond.

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