Last summer, when restoring the window frame of the triple-arched windows on the Great North Wall, I found a odd piece of trim, vertical, poorly tacked onto the window frame. The piece was only half intact. I had no idea why it was there, and assumed it was stuck on well after the house was built. I removed it.
The other day, Justin and I finished erecting the scaffolding on the Great North Facade. Climbing all the way up, we were able to stand before the gable window.
On each side of the two windows I noted an odd piece of trim…
…which looked just like the damaged piece I removed last summer. These intact pieces did not looked tacked on and I realized that they were likely original. Oh. But WHAT were the pieces for? They made no sense.
Yesterday, I did a post about some very odd bits of hardware regarding the windows of the Cross House.
Bo left a comment, linking to a WAY cool period screen catalog.
I am familiar with full-height window screen sashes, but have never seen half-sashes like these.
This image, in particular, captured my special attention. See part M? THIS is my unexplained trim!!!!!!!!
On the right you can see a flexible metal strip. This “spring” strip would have allowed the screen sashes to be fitted into place. Very cool. Note the numbered button under the handle?
Note the latter part of the first sentence?
I have some of these tacks in situ. Although on the sides of the exterior window frame rather than sill.
Today, and with great excitement, I went looked for more windows with M Trim. I found some! The south window in the parlor has extant M Trim on the right side! The SE window in the library has BOTH sides with extant M Trim! Zounds!!!!!!!! This likely means that all the windows were fitted with M Trim, save special windows like in the pantry.
A 1932 image. The triple arched windows on the west facade. The left window appears to have an 1894 half-screen as shown in the catalog image. The right windows appears to have a full screen. Was this from a later date?
Well, I am quite breathless!
I was not planning any storm windows or screens on the house.
Oh! Now I just have to at the very least have half-screens made for the few windows which retains their original M Trim! From a historical perspective I think it will be fascinating to recreate a few 1890s screens and have them installed at the Cross House. Even if just a single one!