Perhaps you’re more concerned with learning the value of your church or synagogue’s stained glass in case of harm or for insurance purposes. Your stained glass is probably worth more than you realize! And the stained glass is about the most vulnerable of all a churches’ assets. Why? It is in harm’s way…subject to hail, wind, heat, fire, hurricanes, vandalism, and burglary.
Is your stained glass insured for the present day value? Do you have the stained glass photographic detail preserved in case of disaster? Are your windows properly protected from the elements?
The American Consultation of Stained Glass has the expertise and experience to provide your congregation with the up-to-date stained glass insurance appraisal, accompanied with the photographic detail required to assist the stained glass artist to replicate priceless windows in times of the unthinkable.
What do we consider when appraising stained glass? Several factors can determine the replication value of a window, including these aspects:
Painted/Fired > Stained: Some pieces of
stained glass are simply cut from a sheet of colored
glass and leaded into a stained glass window.
Even painted/fired pieces with simple shadings or
a stencil designs are more expensive than straight
Varied Lines > Straight Lines: The cost of the
design plus the labor involved in specialized glass
cutting all contribute to the higher cost of a varied
line when compared to that of a straight line.
Multi-Layer > Single-Layer: Many artisans of
the past — and a few of the present — used two to
four layers of leaded, opalescent stained glass to
accomplish the exact color or shading they desired.
This is a common feature of La Farge and Tiffany
windows, giving them a 25:1 replacement value
compared to simple leaded glass.
Design > No design: An intricate custom-painted
design may have a 10:1 replacement value when
compared to a leaded (non-painted) window with
Figures > Medallions > Symbols: Stained glass
tells a story in one of three ways: a single piece of
glass with a painted scene (symbol); multiple pieces
of leaded glass form a unique design within a larger,
simpler design (medallions); and more complex
and expensive figures, which are typically larger
than medallions, either take up a significant portion
of the window lancet or possibly the bulk of the
Glass sizes: All things being equal, the smaller the stained glass
pieces, the greater the value. Smaller pieces require
more glass cutting and lead.
Age: Age is also an important
factor. For instance, old windows are generally worth
more than new. The older the window (even with the
same design), the more difficult it is to replace. Older
sheets of stained glass are almost impossible to match.
In addition, fade can be an issue if only one or two
pieces are broken and need to be replaced.
Other factors must be weighed when determining the
cost of replacing stained glass. Some of these include
the work’s origin; its current condition; and the presence
or lack of a protective coating.
Read more in an article outlining our appraisal methodology, featured in Religious Product News.