Stained window glass is a common item used for decoration in churches and mosques. Stained glass is glass that has been manufactured with metallic salts to give it color. The colored glasses are then crafted into a decorative item using small pieces of glass arranged in a pattern to form a picture or design. In the Meaford mystery, the subject is a stained glass window with a picture of Sir John A. MacDonald.
The stained glass window was donated to the Meaford Museum after it was discovered abandoned and dirty in a factory that was about to be torn down. The owner of the factory was surprised at the discovery.He was not familiar with any owner of the stained window glass other than his grandfather who is an antiquarian.
The staff at the museum was curious about the story behind the stained window glass that they made a search through the internet. The window glass was manufactured by Montreal-based Castle and Sons that was famous for creating stained window glass in eastern Canada. The image of MacDonald was a favorite rendition because he looked official while making a speech at the House of Commons.
It appears that the stained window glass of MacDonald was the only one of its kind in Canada. Jennifer Simon, the museum’s curator investigated the source of the stained window glass and found out that it came from the abandoned home of Hugh John MacDonald, John’s son in Winnipeg. Further research showed that the father and son were no in good terms.
There is also the possibility that the item came from Craigdarrock Castle in Victoria, the home of Robert Dunsmuir, the millionaire coal baron who is a friend of MacDonald. Research also revealed that the stained window glass came from a church north of Brockville and then donated to the cemetery where Canada’s first prime minister was buried.
On the other hand, if you need replacement for the glass in your window, there is window glass cut to size to ensure a custom fit. The glass being offered has been made through a range of processing machinery to ensure its quality and insulating properties.