Sunday, August 22, 2010

Antique stained glass sailboat window

This is one of the windows in our home.

(from the inside looking out)

It greets me each morning as I head for the shower.
This huge 36" wide by 28" tall beauty  takes over the tiny bathroom.

It came with the house but, it is not original to the house.

(outside looking in)

Purchased by former owners from an antique store
for a princely sum and a costly installation that
required removal of exterior stucco.

 (crack in the on the larger panes)

An exterior pane of glass was installed in an
  an effort to minimize additional damage from the elements.


I wonder how many weeks it took of planning and
constructing each little pane with such lovely lines and detail.

I think the window was selling point for my (DB) dearly beloved.

A former Ocean Class Sailor, sailing from as far North
of the shores of New England to South America.
Not to mention the numerous trips to anywhere in between.
This is the reason we have a trove of "while at sea and port creations".
Ones that no longer exist have a sentence or two scribbled about in the
ships log."Grass hat today, boat from beach stuff, so and so is working
on another ship in a bottle, stuck shells on a lamp..."

(lighted in the evening)

We learned it's been known to back up traffic
when it's illuminated at night.

Whenever we are asked where we live all we say is
You know, the gingerbread house with the sailboat window.

That is the style it was called when construction began in late 1921
The most common question.
What's it like inside?...I've always wondered.

Right now it's a candidate for cluttered house awards.


michelle said...

Beautiful, beautiful window!! I bet it looks amazing in the sunlight! I can see why people stop to look!

Leo said...

This is beautiful. What a unique one of a kind is like a piece of art. I am guessing from your post that you can see if from the outside too.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Rita
What a fabulous feature window.. and fabulous way to describe your house.. 'the gingerbread house with the sailboat window'... sounds intriguing..

That window is really something.. you must know that the house was loved before it became yours... sweet... Have a lovely week xxx Julie

Kathysue said...

Oh what a lucky girl you are to have such a charming window in your cottage. Kathysue

Natalie @ Blossoming Visions said...

A gingerbread house with a sailboat stained glass window? It sounds charming..Cant' wait to see more!

La Dolfina said...

Gosh Rita, that window is so wonderful. I love it to pieces! I'm so intrigued now, please post a photo of the whole house. I just love how you describe it as the Gingerbread house with the sailboat window! Who were the former owners and how long did they live there? What year did your DB purchase it? I can't wait to see it in person one day:)
Have a wonderful week. I promise to call you and your package is finally getting mailed tomorrow. I finally found a box to fit and lots of bubble wrap! Thanks for your patience.
Love you,

Sanity Fair said...

You are so luck to have that - and kudos to the former owners for going to so much effort and expense to bring a unique beauty into the home! What a piece to see every day - no wonder this is Beach House Living!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Gorgeous window, Rita!!! I'd love to "find" something like that in my future cottage!!! Especially the sailing motif..., it's got that never ending journey feel.

rjerdee said...

Beautiful window! And it totally fits your life style! Lucky you and your DB.

Anne Lorys said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!

Simple Home said...

That is a beautiful window! I can believe it would stop traffic. I liked your little story about it being the selling point for your hubby.

jmac said...

Oh Rita........I would give my first born for that piece of glass!!!! It is absolutely gorgeous!!! Do you by any chance know where it came from? Now...I'm gonna be doing a million searches looking for it...would be perfecto in our lake house!
I received my goodies and AM IN LOVE!! So sorry I haven't gotten to you sooner but we've had a death in our family and it's been a tough few weeks. Funeral is not until Thursday way down south so hopefully this weekend, I'll get my post up on my blob about your exquisite work. I am so excited about what I'm going to make with them for the rehearsal dinner!! Thank you so much....

Antique Shows said...

I love stained glass, and that one is wonderful!!

Tootie said...

Wow, I love it! I can see how that would stop traffic. :) said...

The work that goes into these pieces amazes me....I dont think I would have the patience. They are stunning. Thanks for all your well wishes for my new shop. xx

Heaven's Walk said...

Awesome window! What a unique and wonderful piece of art in your home! Love it!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Unknown said...

Hi Rita,
...Wonderful blog!!

kisses <3

sealaura said...

What a wonderful piece! I would love to have that greet me each day.

BTW loving your pins and featured the grey one today!

Arabella said...

Rita ~ the window is fabulous and I'd certainly buy any house with that in it! Thank you so much for sharing this piece of heaven with us.

Hope you are having a lovely week.

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Ahhhh...what a beautiful window to have in your the colors in it!


Burlap Luxe said...

Rita dear!! Envy :)
So beautiful and what a Sanctuary place to see.
I have mentioned you in my latest posting :)
Thank you my friend for your support in my art and blogging :)
You are a dear one :)

the old boathouse said...

Oh my, such heaven!! I would so love a gingerbread house with a sailboat window. It is just magical, if you weren't such a lovely person I would be green with envy.. haha. Have you posted a pic of the view of your house from the road. I would love to see. If you have and I have missed it when you get a chance could you send me a link. Yes I know I am a nosy one, but you have me enchanted to see, cheers Katherine

nicole hill gerulat said...

Hi Rita!

LOVED the forks --and so did my sister and her husband!
Thank you so much!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Rita~ this window is stunning...I would have wanted to buy the house for this window, too!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

This window is absolutely spectacular! I imagine people take walks by your house just so they can enjoy this wonderful window. It is the perfect beach house window! Unique and beautiful! I'm so glad you shared it with us. Thank you.

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