Monday, 26 July 2010

Reinstating vertical sliding shutters

Most traditional wooden shutters fold into housings at the sides of the window and open horizontally. Less common are sliding shutters, or sash shutters, which normally rise vertically from the sill, although sometimes they slide across from the side. The mahogany sliding shutters in the corridor window at 6 Fitzroy Square have long since gone, but the heavy mahogany sashes are still there (albeit without their pulleys). With advice and practical assistance from Charles Brooking, founder of the extraordinary Brooking Collection of salvaged historic fabric, we are reinstating the shutters. The picture shows Charles sizing up brass pulleys, recycled from lost buildings, for use in the restoration project. Here he is holding one that came from a demolished workhouse in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

    

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  1. Hi, We have a Georgian house with the sliding sash shutters missing. They are a two piece shutter and we want to get them reinstated as accurately as possible to the original design. Have you any photos of how they meet up in the middle? Many thanks Nigel 07712 651235

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