For the past 3 weeks, we have been taking the panes out of the window sashes. So far, we've removed over 250 individual panes. We have about 15 more windows to go. Most of the windows are 6 over 6. The rest of the windows, in the front part of the house, are 6 over 9 and 9 over 9. We've managed to break very few panes. I don't know what is holding some of those panes in, but it's not window glazing...it's as hard as concrete. We've tried to heat the glazing up to see if it would soften any...NO. This past weekend, I barely finished 2 windows by slowly and delicately chipping and scraping away that "stuff."
On a more interesting note...
While Jeff was working on one of the sashes out of the family room, I noticed some pencil writing on the side.
" John Donahoo July 27th 1831"
After doing a little research, John Donahoo lived in Havre de Grace, MD and built Turkey Point Lighthouse among other lighthouses in Maryland and Virginia.
We figure this is the year the window was replaced. Hopefully, we'll find more "jewels" like this as we continue!