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Whittemore-Durgin Stained Glass Supplies
825 Market St., Rockland MA 02370
Phone: 781-871-1790  Toll-free: 800-262-1790
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More details about our lead came

More details about our lead came In the words of Early A. Consternation:

Our many years of experience in providing lead came to the stained and leaded glass trade has put us into the position of knowing the importance of quality when considering the needs of the leaded glass craftsman.

Our lead cames contain no reclaimed lead. When they arrive in your home, or wherever it is you perform your leaded glass functioning, they are as shiny and unsullied as the day the lead was poured into the original billet. The lead is almost 100% chemically pure. Not for us the re-cycling of old batteries, fish-line weights, printers' type and toy soldiers with the attendant impurities usually associated with such practices. The raw ingots are carefully chosen by a highly trained inspector who has had a lifetime of experience in such matters.

The lead cames used in stained glass work today are essentially the same as those used in the Middle Ages. In fact, if you wished, you could make your own lead cames. Read how in "Techniques of Stained Glass": "Buy a cast-iron crucible from the iron-monger in which to melt the lead--" it begins.

We have not spoken to the iron-monger since the Christmas party of 1965. We have certain small people in green hats (who smoke curved pipes) produce all our lead came. We don't ask them how they do it, but we are quite certain that their factory meets all the applicable Federal Regulations for Lead Came Factories Employing One or More Small Persons in Green Hats, Whether or Not Smoking Curved Pipes. We were careful to make discreet inquiries about this very point before entering into the agreement we have with them for producing our lead came.


Most cathedral, opalescent, drawn antique, and sheet antique glass is 1/8" thick (.125") or less. This is narrower than the channel width on any of the lead we sell, so there is plenty of room for cementing (or weather-proofing), or you can squeeze the lead down onto the glass for a tight fit if you don't need to weather-proof.

Of course, lead is so soft that the channels of the lead can be "opened up" by running a pointed dowel along the channel in the event it is necessary to accommodate glass that is thicker than the given dimension.

We sell lead came by the length, in spools, in 45-pound mini-cases, and in 120-pound full cases.

One of our lead came factories belching forth harmless effluvia into the atmosphere.

The Environmental Protection Agency gave this factory a special citation last year.

They hope to re-open soon.

The very latest in lead came emitters

Our new machinery, as lately perfected, is capable of turning out 4 strands of lead channel simultaneously.

This contrivance is fitted with the most up-to-date pollution control equipment.

Some lead came emitters are a menace to the atmosphere, but not this baby!

Our employees eat their lunch in a room next to this apparatus, and most of them are the very picture of health!