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Authentic Original 1880's Belcher Mosaic Glass Co. Stained/Jeweled Window

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Seller: mikefritzs (213) 100%, Location: Matawan, New Jersey, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 152325698670 Authentic1880's Original Belcher Mosaic Glass Company Stained and Jeweled Glass Window made in Newark New Jersey.This Window is an Artistical Display of the Planets and Stars within the Heavens - Belcher Series. Original Wood Frame Measures 36” x 36”. Very rare, beautiful window. Manufactured by Belcher Mosaic Glass Company, cIrca 1880. The clear glass appears yellow depending on the viewing angle. True works of art. The window consists of very small mostly transparent pieces of thin glass which are less than 3/4 of an inch. Pieces are bonded together with a metal based epoxy. This window is possibly a one of a kind rare.Stained Glass Panel and Frame are in very good condition. The stained glass panel was recently reconditioned by Lamb Studios of Midland Park, N.J. (established in 1856). In the early 1880’s a company called Belcher Mosaic Glass made a breakthrough in stained glass assembly that allowed tiny pieces of glass to be “fastened” together without the use of lead cane. Even though the Belcher Glass Company was listed as early as 1825 in a Newark, NJ city directory, it was in 1884 that Henry Belcher (grandson of the early owner) obtained a patent for the mosaic process. The company got its patent on August 12, 1884. Production began in 1885, peaked in 1886-87, and seems all but over by the end of the decade. Belcher Mosaic Glass Company devised a way to sandwich tiny pieces of glass (in very amazing patterns) between two sheets of heavy plate glass, then pour in a liquid amalgam of metal to bind together all the pieces. The metal’s composition was never revealed even after the company closed its doors for good. The amalgam is lighter than lead, yet it is lead colored, and it is quite rigid. The most significant feature that this process offered was its ability to flatly bind together very small glass panes without having the glass viewing surface overlapped by metal. The metal evenly filled the space between each piece so that the finished mosaic was essentially flat. The designs that Belcher executed were all over the map, yet anything but boring. Their work was inspired, futuristic, and ahead of its time. Some designs show realistic images of nature, others are pure abstract art. One series artistically displays planets and stars within the heavens. Most of the work was non-symmetrical. The aspect of Belcher work that I appreciate most was their careful use of color-phasing, that is, shading the glass color palette from dark to light, or vice versa, over a span that made for a smooth color transition. The company made incredible windows over an all-to-brief period. Type: Stained Glass Window, Primary Material: Glass, Original/Reproduction: Original, Maker: Belcher Mosaic Glass Company

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