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Can you please tell me what kind of stained glass this is? It came out of an ole church that was torn down. And is there any value to it?


I don't want to be insensitive to you in the response, but I do not think this is actually glass. But, first of all, the picture is quite small and much detail is not there with which to base an opinion.

There are some elements that lead me to believe this is some kind of plastic or plastic overlay which has been applied to either a sheet of glass or a piece of plexiglass. It reminds me of a product called "Stained Glass Overlay." This is a cheap substitute for stained or leaded glass that has been foisted on the public as a legitimate substitute for the real thing.
The use of the name is a misnomer and should not be used for the printed plastic film that is applied to sheet glass in much the same way that tinted windows are done in an automobile.

First of all the colors seem flat and not translucent or able to transmit light.  Second, the shapes are incompatible with cutting glass for stained glass. The right angle intrusions are virtually impossible to cut into a piece of glass and, if done at all, would lead to cracks in the glass leading from the corners of the right angle intersections. In other words it is my opinion that this is not stained glass. Its value lies with the beholder. That is for you to decide. There is, otherwise and in my opinion, no inherent value in this piece.

It would be dishonest for me to infer any value in this. I hope you weren't offended by the assessment. If you sent a better, more detailed image to my email address in a jpeg format,
I could more accurately determine just what it is that you do have.

Carl Trimble
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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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