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I think these windows have been replaced? they're not like those in my Pixie, and the wood is damaged inside. Are the outside frames the correct colour though?
Posted by Badger on September 19, 2017 Slideshow

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Badger
8:01 AM on September 30, 2017 
Freda Knight says...
Hi, Badger - I may be wrong, but I think your outer frames (shown on the other photo) have simply lost their tabs and the lattice openers above are original, but because of lost tabs and 'pointed bits' for the windows to open and revolve on - someone has done a good job of solving the problem.

I thought that too, Freda, but goodness knows what had happened for all the tabs to break off!
Freda Knight
5:05 AM on September 30, 2017 
Hi, Badger - I may be wrong, but I think your outer frames (shown on the other photo) have simply lost their tabs and the lattice openers above are original, but because of lost tabs and 'pointed bits' for the windows to open and revolve on - someone has done a good job of solving the problem.
Freda Knight
5:00 AM on September 30, 2017 
Very clever and very inventive.
Brooksey
5:28 AM on September 24, 2017 
There's an excellent view of some original (and exactly contemporary!) curtains in "Laura's 61", here:

http://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/photos/photo?photoi
d=204456462

[If the split URL above won't work as link, copy and paste into a new browser tab to view].
Badger
4:04 AM on September 23, 2017 
Thanks for that advice Brooksey. I will certainly be having a go at that when time allows. I fear any pressure on the splintering will cause disintegration, but I will soften it first, and try the PVA
Brooksey
7:29 PM on September 22, 2017 
These don't appear to be Tri-ang windows, because there's no evidence that they had retaining tabs on the frames, neither do the casements have the "lips" to hold the glazing. Someone has made these to replace original windows which have been lost. They do look quite good, though!

Externally, brown frames with white casements IS correct for this model at this date.

It shouldn't be too difficult to glaze these windows with rectangles of thin (0.5mm) sheet acetate/acrylic slipped in, in front of the wires (as viewed from this side). A tiny smear of glue all around the edges should be enough to hold them onto the casement frames. These look unpainted inside, particularly upstairs. Are they? I would paint them before glazing, if that's the case, using enamel paint (e.g. Humbrol). A gloss finish is historically correct for the windows, when they were new, but choose a matt enamel, and tone down the white with a TINY touch of brown mixed in, if you want them to look old.

Reproduction curtains can be added to the glazing before it is attached to the windows. Tri-ang's curtains in the 60s series were only ever narrow strips of printed cotton fabric, the width of one pane, with extremely narrow machine-stitched side hems, hung "best side out". I would look for a small-print fabric as close to a Tri-ang pattern of this time as possible. After cutting, I would treat the fabric's edges with "Fraychek" or similar, stitch (or tacky glue!) the hems, then glue the curtains directly to the plastic glazing by their top, bottom and outer edges only. These would hide the wires when viewed from outside. Inside, you could hang a second set of curtains in front of the wires (again as viewed from the inside).

A tiny bit of PVA would glue those wood splinters back in place, too.
Badger
1:48 PM on September 19, 2017 
Jan says...
If these are wrong windows it might be worth buying some vintage Tri-Ang ones as I cannot see how you would fit glazing or curtains to these, its a lovely house.
I think it's all too fragile to start swapping windows - I'll make the best of what's there, with some curtains.
Jan
1:04 PM on September 19, 2017 
If these are wrong windows it might be worth buying some vintage Tri-Ang ones as I cannot see how you would fit glazing or curtains to these, its a lovely house.
Jan
11:54 AM on September 19, 2017 
Yours don't have the tabs that hold the window in place, have they broken and someone tried to fit them back on or fit similar ones I'm really not sure about the windows, hope another Member will be able to help. Think these are replacements but outside is correct colour.
Jan
11:34 AM on September 19, 2017 
No, yours are different inside, the outside colour is the same but no wires on mine, just checked, my windows were glazed.
Badger
11:19 AM on September 19, 2017 
Jan says...
My house has exactly same windows, think these are original, outside frames are right colour all looks good, nice buy.

Does yours have the wires down the back of each 6 paner Jan? The windows are pivoting on them. Are yours glazed?
Jan
10:40 AM on September 19, 2017 
My house has exactly same windows, think these are original, outside frames are right colour all looks good, nice buy.
Badger
9:24 AM on September 19, 2017 
No glazing either. Not sure how I will tackle that yet - there are wire struts in the way.

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