This was my second, and quite possibly the last time framing in brass! While I
love the final outcome, it was not easy to work with. The channeling in the
came is not quite as wide as zinc which made it challenging, but worth it in
the end. These amethyst tiles contrast beautifully against the brass. The tiles
are 100% original- dew drop tiles were sourced in Somerset, Kentucky, while the
smooth tiles came from an old home in Seattle, Washington.
The retro antique prismatic tiles I use to make my windows are truly a portal
into history. All original & manufactured in an era when both architecture &
style were paramount. In the late 1800's and early 1900's these glass tiles
were utilized as part of a state of the art lighting method known as
"Daylighting". Allowing daylight to be naturally optimized - to wax and wane to
your hearts content. All while magically refracting the sun in as many ways as
the imagination will wander.
About Luxfer American 3-Way Prism Company:
Popularized by the Luxfer Prism Company & Frank Lloyd Wright at the turn of
the 20th century during the Arts & Crafts movement. Continuing well beyond the
Edwardian & Art Deco periods. Providing a wide array of uses from stylized
transom windows in ornate Victorian homes, to industrial installations that
both beautified storefronts & adorned factories. Today, reimagined as a forilux
~ a window that hangs as a separate screen in front of existing window.
Translated from Latin ~ "Luxfer" is "lux" for light, and "ferre", meaning to
carry. The Luxfer Prism Company started life in October 1896 as the Radiating
Light Company, founded by James G. Pennycuick to commercialize his patent No.
312,290 of 1882 for "an improvement in window-glass". His improvement was the
addition of horizontal prisms to the back side of square glass tiles, which
redirected sunlight from windows where it was plentiful, back deep into rooms
where light was scarce, reducing the need for artificial lighting and light
Luxfer hired "prominent physics professor and spectroscopist", Henry Crew
(Northwestern University), and his assistant Olin H. Basquin to develop
scientific basis for company products. Luxfer is the best known name in prism
glass, known particularly for their association with Frank Lloyd Wright, who
designed some of their "Iridian" prism tiles. Of his 41 patented designs, only
the well-known "flower" pattern was produced. Luxfer was eventually bought by
American 3-Way Prism Company, their main competitor, forming the American 3-Way
Luxfer Prism Company. (source: Glassian.org)
Luxfer American 3-Way Prism Tile Designs & Styles: (Dew-Drop, Frank Lloyd
Wright Flower, Desert Glass, Lux Lens, Snowflake, Lens Back, Spiralite)
Manufactured by American 3-Way. Referred to as the “Dew-Drop” or “Raindrop”
style. These were available in multiple colors. Original clear, amethyst
(natural UV sunlight causes a reaction with the manganese added into the
glass), and teal. Some of the dew drops have a pointed top, while others have a
They daylight, they ventilate, they beautify, they advertise, they add
distinction. Produced by Luxfer Prism Company, these tiles have a smooth face.
The addition of horizontal grooves into the back side of these square glass
tiles redirected sunlight into rooms where dim electric lights were inadequate,
compared to the output of todays electrical fixtures. Some of these tiles turn
lavender from the sunlight, as all clear glass does when manufactured with
manganese dioxide. Sometimes called "Desert Glass", these were very common in
Procured from various teardowns, these tiles are carefully removed from the
original zinc caming that originally held them in place. Re-framed in brass &
soldered with lead. The photos provide an accurate portrayal of the art. These
likely contains irregularities, fleabites, air bubbles, and / or chips, typical
for glass aged over 100 years old.
Two solid brass hangers are sturdily affixed to the upper corners of the
piece. For an additional charge, lower corner hangers can be included ~
allowing multiple pieces to be connected. See "Transom Window - Additional
Hangers" auction for details.
There is no chain included to hang the transom. For an additional charge,
chain can be affixed to hangers. See "Transom Window - Chain Add-Ons" auction
Includes certificate of authenticity signed by artist.