We recently restored the multi-paned stained glass windows in the parlor of our 1889 Queen Anne. The picture is below. These windows and the bay they are in were actually added to our home in the 1890s or perhaps 1900. An odd thing I discovered during the restoration was a small, circular brass fenestration in the center of the big window, just above the top of the arced window (but actually inset in the sash pane itself). The best way to describe it is that its about 3/4 to 1 inch in diamter, is brass, is circular (like a plug), and is inset into the pane itself as if a small hole was bored first and this piece fit directly in. What is more, the center of the brass "disc" is artially hollowed out, so something could have once been inserted inside it. The cavity in this disc seems to flage outward the deeper it goes in, as if something once was fastened inside it. In short, it like some kind of mechanical socket.
I recently saw a photo of another house on this estate and to my amazement in the 1880s this OTHER house had tilt-out transom windows. I thought those were not used until post 1940. Wrong! In any case...the window here in my house did not appear to open...but I never examined or expected to have it tilt out nor did I every test it. But now I wonder if it was a tilt out window. WHen I restored it I did all the mortise and tenon work in place and never removed the frame itself. I just always thought it was fixed in place. There are some quarter round mouldings along the edges of teh window on the inside that would ordinarily precent it from tilting. Now I wonder if this entire windows is a tilt out. I would literally have to remove the quater round mouldings and score the paint around thhe perimeter and work the window to see it ot would tilt out.
Perhaps this little round brass socket once held a pull or handle that allowed the window to be tilted inward at the top and out at the bottom?
Has anyone ever seen a similar hardware remnant in a tilt out window from ca. 1890-1900?
Before (brass socket in center of big window at very top..actually in the sash itself. You can barely see the dark dot).
After (restored window in distance). Might we have missed that this was a tilt out?
Hi yall , I have seen tilt out windows in 2 churches they worked very well when maintained, we used ivory soap to keep things moving freely on all wood windows . The tilting windows really let the air flow on those dog days,sadly though most churches now cover them in plexiglass.
Mine queen anne style windows (color block slags around a clear center) were all tilt (or maybe tilt in) originally. All have been converted to fixed panels, but one in the attic still has the cupboard style latch on it, although it too has been converted to a fixed window. I see some of these windows still in tilt use around town, almost always on the 3rd floor, although I have one on my second floor.
I worked on a house in Colorado that was built around 1880. In the attic there was a window that tilted in. It was about 3'X3' and had hinges along the bottom. In the center top there was a oblong knob that was attached to a screw type blot in the sash. When trying to open it I pulled the knob out but was able to stick it back in and turning it retracted the bolt. It had not been used in a century but when it was new was meant to be a tilt in window allowing air to exit while keeping the rain out. It sounds like the same thing you are describing. Lair
Yes, about 2.5 to 3 feet square is about the size of each of mine.
In my ca. 1915 foursquare all the piano windows (the square ones either side of the fireplace, etc.) were all originally tilt-in hopper windows, as the transom over the kitchen door still is. So the method certainly predates the 1940s.
Can you load a close up shot of the brass fitting you describe? I can't discern it in the large photo, no matter how much I blow it up.