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Originally posted by SonOfSwamp

Oriel has been a word -- and a thing -- for a long time.

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An oriel is a window with unequal sash, typically the top sash is smaller than the bottom sash in a double or single hung window, usually divided 2/5 over 3/5. Interestingly, if you were to reverse that configuration (smaller sash on bottom) it tends to be called a cottage window. Sliding windows with unequal sash are also often refered to as oriels. There are regional variations as well.

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Originally posted by Tom Raymond

An oriel is a window with unequal sash, typically the top sash is smaller than the bottom sash in a double or single hung window, usually divided 2/5 over 3/5.

What's your source for that?

An oriel window is multi-sash, faceted window assembly that projects from a wall and is usually supported by brackets or corbels

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Interesting, isn't it Brian, that we southerners were clueless, while the Yanks--who apparently see them much more often than us--were familiar with them. There are maybe fifty houses in Lexington that have oriels, most of them located downtown.

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Originally posted by Bain

Interesting, isn't it Brian, that we southerners were clueless, while the Yanks--who apparently see them much more often than us--were familiar with them. There are maybe fifty houses in Lexington that have oriels, most of them located downtown.

Uh, ahem. This South Carolina Native/TN transplant was wise to oriels. I like the little bird on their ballcaps...

We'd know more about oriels if the Yanks hadn't come down here and burned down all the mid/late 1800s houses. (Imagine smiley here.)

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Originally posted by inspecthistoric

Originally posted by Tom Raymond

An oriel is a window with unequal sash, typically the top sash is smaller than the bottom sash in a double or single hung window, usually divided 2/5 over 3/5.

What's your source for that?

An oriel window is multi-sash, faceted window assembly that projects from a wall and is usually supported by brackets or corbels

Interesting that every dictionary or encyclopedia I found in a quick search describes the same window you describe, and that every window manufacturer site in the same search describes the window I described. Appearently I need to refer to sources much older than the modern manufacturer.

BTW, the window I called an oriel appears in a variety of architectural styles (in my corner of the world) built from around 1880 until around 1930 with surprising frequency, and is making a bit of a come back in new construction and remodeling.

If this is not an oriel window, what the heck is it called?

Tom

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