Red spent over three weeks tending to the 12 sash windows, two French doors and two fanlight windows in the main house, shaping by hand replacement pieces of timber, stripping away layers of paint, dismantling sash weights and roller mechanisms and replacing all sash cords. The result? Everything working as it would have when first installed in 1858!
So we were excited when the new window and door hardware arrived from Samuel Heath in Birmingham last week - an enormous selection of locking straight arm sash fasteners, sash raisers, contour ball door knobs, slide bolts, as well as lock mechanisms for the French doors. All are in unlacquered polished brass, so that they will take on a beautiful patina with use and age.
The final stage of the window restoration awaits with sanding and painting and/or staining of all the woodwork to disguise the repairs that Red has made and protect the cedar wood.