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Historic windows stolen

COVINGTON, Ky. (Deb Dixon) -- Some of the creations have been pried out of an historic home that's being restored in Covington.
The contractor made the discovery Tuesday, July 29.  German immigrants came to the Cincinnati area with a unique skill, creating beautiful stained glass and leaded windows.  The Henry Ranshaw house, built in 1860, is one of the high style Italian homes in Covington.  His initials are still in the door.  The home was recently purchased in an auction.  It has the original fireplaces with marbling and there is hand carved woodwork throughout the home.  It is an important building in Covington's history.

Ranshaw was a city commissioner and the head of water works.  He helped build Covington when it was starting to expand in the 1840's, 50's and 60's.  The recent thefts of original stained glass is an historic loss.  Four windows with hand rolled, ripple glass probably made by German immigrants who used diamonds on a stick to cut it.  The jewels are unique too.
Terry Rasche of Historic Restorations said the thieves knew what they were doing.  The windows that the thieves didn't take are now removed and in a safe place.  Rasche can copy the originals to replace the stolen ones.  But they will never look the same.

If you think you see the stolen stained glass, call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or Covington police department.

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