(Reprinted with Permissom from Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes)
By C. Dianne Zweig
Whether your preference is for the plain and simple farmhouse window, the elegant Victorian cathedral window, a soaring Palladian window, or a dramatic, pointed Gothic arch window, antique windows are stylish and charming and sure to be a focal point and conversation starter. Hung on the wall or leaning against a stone fireplace, antique windows are a singularly captivating element in any romantic room.
According to Rhonda Juniper Ray (a member of Iantiqueonline.com) who is an artist who paints on antique windows, finding these windows is the fun part! She tells me that she is always on the prowl for unique and fabulous windows. She offers several suggestions to those of you hunting for salvaged windows. First, put out the word that you are looking for antique windows. Windows will come knocking on your door, according to Rhonda. That is what happened when she moved into a small town with a lot of Victorian era homes in the area. She left her business card around town and was then contacted by a homeowner who was replacing the windows on his 1890s Farm house. Rhonda offers another suggestion.....knock on doors. If you see someone with replacement windows, ask them if they would like to sell the old ones. She says most of the time owners will gladly just give you the windows and be happy to have you take them off their hands. A third piece of advice is to establish relationships with folks at flea markets who are known dealers of salvage. Let them know what you are looking for so that t he next time they clean out a house, they give you first dibs on the windows.
Upper sash of a leaded glass double-hung window salvaged from a home in Lapeer Michigan.
Photo Courtesy of Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes, submitted by Rhonda Juniper Ray.