Can you still buy wavy glass like I see in homes from the 1800s?There are a few different ways to purchase wavy glass: from old windows and furniture available through glass, antique, and salvage dealers. You may also be able to find some on sites like Craigslist. Generally on these sites you would buy the whole old window and remove the glass. There are also manufacturers in Europe that make new wavy glass using the exact same methods used to make mouth-blown cylinder glass in the pre-industrial era. These are available with different amounts of waves and distortion. Pioneer Glass stocks three different versions of mouth blown wavy glass from these manufacturers. Lastly, glass with the same distortion of window glass used in the early mechanized process before modern float glass was invented are also manufactured today. We carry four types of Schott restoration glasses for these time periods.
What is the largest size pane of restoration glass I can buy?We sell both mouth-blown and Fourcault Process glass. The mouth-blown glass goes up to 37 inches. The largest type of Fourcault Process glass we sell is 83 inches long.
My house was built in the mid-1800s and I seem to have many different types of glass. All of the glass has distortion but there are clear differences. Is this common?It is common. Your house may have been built using crown glass which was a very popular choice at that time. Through the years, homeowners had many of the same problems we have today. Glass panes were broken by children, stripping old paint, and storms. This is no different than the trials homeowners go through today.
When replacing broken glass, the local shop may have had only cylinder glass, or later in the time period, machined drawn glass. A large amount of old homes have a variety of glass in the windows.