Dating Antique Stained Glass On Colorado Springs Homes
We get a lot of questions about stained glass here at Colorado Springs Stained Glass. And one question we get all the time–Is my Colorado Springs home’s stained glass Antique. We love these types of questions because it is the first step towards homeowners preserving something that is an irreplaceable treasure to society. Therefore we couldn’t be happier to help people out! It is difficult to know whether your stained glass is vintage just from the information we can give you here but–this is a good jumping off point you need to determine whether your Colorado Springs home’s stained glass is antique and/or valuable. Below are just a few things for you to look for to help determine it’s age and value and we can help you further with an in-person inspection.
The Style Of Your Colorado Springs Stained Glass Helps Determine If It May Be Antique
Stained glass has had some pretty specific stylistic eras here in The US. So, the style of your Colorado Springs home’s stained glass window (if it is original) is a pretty good indicator of when it was made. For a true antique, it must be over 100 years of age. This means something from the Victorian style in the late 1800s to the Prairie Style of the early 1900s may put you in that category. However, even if your stained glass is not technically an antique–something like Tiffany stained glass or Frank Lloyd Wright Stained Glass could be valuable.
The Context Of Your Colorado Springs Stained Glass Helps Determine If It May Be Antique
Just like the style of your stained glass is a solid way to figure out its age, so too is the style and age of your Colorado Springs home. If you live in a bungalow, the stained glass in your home, if original, is likely the same age–so it could be antique, as of today, if your home was built before 1919. It would make sense then that this stained glass is Victorian Style, Prairie Style or Craftsman style.
Small Inscriptions And Signatures Could Help Determine If It May Be Antique
While not all stained glass in homes here in Colorado Springs have marks or signatures at all–many do. In fact, you may not have noticed them or looked for them before because they are often not very big. However, many studios and artists in vintage times affixed signature plates to their work or signed them. These inscriptions would be in the lower right-hand corner usually. Not only will this give you clues as to who made it but, its age and value as well!
The easiest and most sure way to know more about the stained glass in your Colorado Springs is to have a professional, like us here at Colorado Springs Stained Glass, come do an assessment. Not only can we help you figure out more about your glass’s rich history but how to preserve something so full of Americana value intact for future generations. Contact us today for more information.