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1903 ART NOUVEAU TRAM WINDOW RESTORATION

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1903 VINTAGE TRAM WINDOW RESTORATION

NEW TRAM WINDOW ENGRAVED

I've been working on a 1903 Vintage Tram window restoration commission for Bury Transport Museum this week. One of the original windows had become broken over the years, so my job was to engrave a new piece of glass to fit the old window frame that would match up with the Art Nouveau style of engraving on the existing vintage windows.

1903 ENGRAVED TRAM WINDOW

The original glass was hand blown in two layers, one layer of red with another layer of clear underneath, so the design was engraved through the red layer to reveal the clear layer below.

The two panels are seen below, the original window panel is at the top with my reproduction panel underneath.

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This image below shows the beautiful colour of the red layer of glass and the rippled effect of the uneven hand made surface.TRAM WINDOW ENGRAVED h

I'm not sure if I will get another one of these engraving jobs to do again but if I do you can guarantee that three will come along at once.