In 2010 something amazing came into my life. Something so beautiful and precious.
The above photo shows the first set of leaded light window sashes I ever acquired. One day I was at the local dump when I saw some fool throwing them away. I rescued as many as I could out of sentimentality not thinking of monetary value. It snowballed from there. As a hobby for next five years I bought and sold sets locally. Something else came into my life that year. Ten years on…
I now sell full-time as an internet order based business having discarded a well paid job with sick/holiday pay and a pension but happy as Larry shipping this stuff all over the world! I continue to add to my collection…
I had dreams of employing staff and renting expensive London showroom space. Now is the first time I feel lucky not to be in that situation.
Working from home has never been that bad. Of course there is someone else very special who helps make home/work/life bearable but she is behind the camera!
2020 is poignant for another reason. If you regard “antiques” to mean something 100 years old or older then more of my stock, particularly the framed leaded toplights as shown below, can now be classed as such. This style was made between the 1920s – 1960s.
Having always traded as an internet order business there is little difference to how I am operating in the current circumstances. To demonstrate this thought I would show everything I have packaged and despatched this week. Unless stated otherwise all packages were sent to the USA, using FedEx.
R1058b to Cookeville, TN
S1012e classic Victorian door panels to Madison, IN
S1076 antique painted bird to Waco, TX, using UPS
R1003d two packs consisting of a set of seven to Tain, Scotland using Menzies Highlands and Islands:
There are only so many hours in the day for packaging. For deliveries within England sometimes I arrange for Alex, an independent courier, to collect and deliver directly to my customers. Here are two orders collected today. I left them in the back of my car so Alex could collect without there being any need for contact. This is the same policy for anyone who wants to arrange their own collection.
That’s it, but it’s only Thursday! The small difference to my normal operation is I cannot have people over for viewings at the moment. That service was always limited due to the lack of space I have, given that I operate from a three bedroom house!
I was recently interviewed by an American podcast, True Tales from Old Houses, where I tell the story of how I got into this business of dealing in old window glass. I also explain the difference between British and American stained glass. If you have been thinking of buying from me you might be interested […]
I have a desire to “flag” this design this weekend! It has sold but I can supply it made new to your required size using my bespoke service. This was made in size of 12″ x 15 3/4″ (303mm x 401mm). The following photos demonstrate the craft involved in making such a piece. Stage 1 […]
Today is Labor Day in the United States. The USA is my biggest market group after the UK so I hope everyone across the pond who is able to have the time off is enjoying the day. Thanks to Rosanne from Medford, MA who spent time today sending me this photo from her porch. The […]
Regular visitors to my website may notice some changes. For the past month I have been relisting all of my stock onto a new eCommerce platform (as well as adding lots of newly acquired stock which had been backlogged!) The aim as always is to make it easier to find what you want within my […]
This week I unwrapped this pair: I had received as part of a job lot. When I purchased I thought the background (non coloured) glass was plain having seen poor quality photos from the seller. I thought at most I would be able to extract some nice coloured centre parts. I was delighted to find […]