The Right Materials
When restoring antique leaded glass—or even when making a simple repair—it’s essential to use the right materials to maintain the right look.
Antique glass and
For use in hard-to-match repairs or the restoration of antique windows, we maintain an amazing collection of discontinued sheet glass, some of it more than a century old. We have clear sheet and plate glass from the early 1900s. We stock thousands of cut, cast and pressed jewels for use in elaborate Victorian panels.
To replace broken beveled glass pieces in an old window, we create replacement bevels in our studio on turn-of-the-century beveling equipment, taking care to use vintage plate glass to better match the subtle tint of the existing surrounding pieces. We can also create fancy bevels—zippercuts, starbursts and honeycombs.
Old plate glass
Float glass made today has a greenish-blue cast. Old glass has a faint yellow look, sort of like pale Vaseline. If you’re trying to match the glass in an old window, this difference matters. (Today’s manufacturers also offer “colorless” and “old-looking” types of sheet glass.)
For restoration of bowed or buckled panels, we
refabricate each leaded panel with a special
alloy lead that stiffens the panel and prevents
stretching and sagging once the repairs are
Our inventory of cames—lead, zinc, brass—covers
nearly all the extrusions, profiles and metals
used in the construction of all types of art
glass panels, new and old. We even carry lead
that looks like twigs! Please note that we do
virtually no work in copper foil.
To keep restored panels straight and rigid, we
don’t skimp on applying the necessary rebars. We
inventory these, too, in all shapes and sizes,
in galvanized metal or brass to resist rusting.