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The Doberstein Window

This beautiful stained glass window was installed in the Krauth Memorial Library in March 1975. It is a memorial to Professor John W. Doberstein, whose friends had contributed funds for it in his memory.

Mr. Charles Lawrence, artist-designer of the Willet Stained Glass and Decorating Company of Philadelphia, designed the window and considers it one of his finest accomplishments. The beauty of the abstract design, in addition to the harmonious combination of colors, lies in the fact that the interpretation is left to the viewers, and stimulates their imagination to determine for themselves the story which the artist is telling.

Mr. E. Crosby Willet interpreted the design by selecting the finest mouth-blown pot metal glasses imported from France, England, and Germany, as well as some comparable domestic glass manufactured in West Virginia to match in color and texture the sketch as it was approved by the Seminary.

Each piece of glass was carefully hand-cut from the patterns and assembled in sections, using lead cames between each piece and soldered at each intersection of lead. The sections were then waterproofed and flat bars were soldered to the lead to prevent buckling and sagging as the lead cames are quite malleable and will bend and stretch quite readily if undue pressure is used.

All proceeds from the sale of these items will go directly for support of the Krauth Memorial Library at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

You can order a Matted Print @ $40 + $5.95 Shipping & Handling.

You can order a Framed and Matted Print @ $75 + $7.95 Shipping & Handling.

If you have any questions about the Doberstein Window Picture, please contact Kathie Afflerbach, Director, Donor Services, at, 215.248.6324 or 800.286.4616, ext. 6324

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