Monday, April 16, 2018

Clear Wire Glass


Anyone involved in even the simplest restoration, often finds themselves in search of original vintage glass perhaps for a broken glass door panel, or even an upgrade to a farmhouse chic look for their kitchen cabinetry and finds themselves searching for sources of this hard to find commodity. 

Olde Good Things has been reclaiming  wire glass for years from many old factories and buildings and has become a reliable source for various styles of this unique architectural element.




Reclaimed Clear Wire Glass




Rescued from the dark depths of famous, industrial sites throughout the United States, our vintage  wire glass has character and history.


With durability that doubles in comparison to regular glass,  wire glass, also known as safety glass, is also shatterproof, making it perfect for those notorious cabinet slammers in your house.



Wire glass works especially well when used for wine cabinets and china cabinets. 
This glass intercepts over 99% of ultraviolet rays, protecting wine from rancidity and family heirlooms and pictures from discoloration caused by exposure to direct sunlight.


From a thesis entitled: 

WIRE GLASS: HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY & DEVELOPMENT by KONSTANDENA KEFALLINOS


“The Industrial Revolution was a period of amazing evolution in the history of glass manufacture.  Plate glass technology allowed for new design and building construction concepts, but this was an imperfect technology.

 As the brilliant minds of the Revolution struggled to grapple with the obstacles posed by plate glass, wire glass was eventually developed. 
This new glass type spread across the United States in subsequent years, and eventually wire glass was associated with safety given its fire retardant and shatterproof qualities.  
Wire glass was technically incredibly difficult to produce, especially in mass production, and although inventors experimented with various treatments and patterns, wire glass remained and was comparatively expensive (though people generally believed the safety benefits outweighed the costs). Wire glass fell into disfavor during the World Wars as it was replaced by newer types of glass that were more economical, but recent trends have sparked renewed interest in the use and hence preservation of wire glass. 
Original methods of wire glass manufacture using early wire netting patterns no longer exist…”



Thus we have made it one of the top salvage priorities to reclaim this glass and make it available once again for public use.
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