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Have some old stained glass !   Is there any way to find out if they are antique pieces I got them out of a old Restaurant window  .Thank you

The photos are not very clear and I would like to have better images, especially of the grape cluster before making a better assessment of the age of these windows. Based on the images you've provided, I do not think they are very old; possibly from the late 60's or 70's.

Here are my observations: 1. The curving loops on either end do not seem to be as graceful as would normally be the case in "Period" window.  2. It seems the solder joints are rather shiny.
This would not be the case in an older window that would have oxidized lead and joints. 3. The support bars appear to be what is currently used rather than the round iron rods used in older windows and held in place on the windows by copper wires soldered to the window and wound around the support bars.

These comments are base on the not very good photos provided. The only real solution will be to take them to a competent, well established studio for determination. By competent, I do not mean some hobby shop that survives by teaching classes and selling supplies to hobbyists.

I you can send better photos via a jpeg image in an email, I would be glad to take a closer look for a better assessment.

Carl Trimble
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One of a kind custom design stained glass as well as other glass art methods and the restoration of stained glass. Inquiries regarding leaded, beveled, etched sand carved, and fused glass techniques are invited. Other methods, technical questions,history of the art and supply source inquiries also welcome. Information on the pro's and con's of protective glazing of stained glass windows. Visit for more complete information.


Over forty years experience in a wide range of techniques that include "stained glass", wood working and metal fabrication. Have worked from my own full service studio since 1977. Many major residential, commercial and religious installations from Charlottesville, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia to San Diego California as well as much of the State of Texas

Professional Affiliate,Certified Trainer, and Preferred Provider for the American Institute of Architects, AIA, Dallas, Texas. I have served on the Board of Directors of both the Texas Fine Arts Association and the Texas Visual Arts Association

Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Texas, Tyler. Master of Fine Arts, The University of North Texas, Denton. Just a few hours short of a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Awards and Honors
Many first place and best of show awards in both stained glass and fine arts competitions. Steady commission work for the past ten years has obviated any recent competitive activity.

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Most recent major commissions are for American Airlines CR Smith Museum; JFK Airport Terminal 8 stained glass; TXU Energy Plaza Thor stained glass. The Mansion at Turtle Creek, Dallas and and St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell, Texas

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