Architectural Antique Salvage Company DC Riggott Inc. Selling Rare Cathedral Artifacts With Dramatic Past

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After a high-profile inventor’s dream of erecting a replica of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church failed, DC Riggott Inc. salvaged a rare set of stained glass windows with a rich history. The vintage windows, along with dozens of other liturgical gems, are available for sale.

Rare "rose" stained glass window from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Rare "rose" stained glass window from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

DC Riggott Inc. came into possession of the windows when an East coast glass company revealed the artifacts had been discovered in a Maryland warehouse.

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Architectural antique salvage company DC Riggott Inc. has purchased a set of 18 stunning stained glass windows originally from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in River Rouge, MI. The windows, which have a storied history, are available for interested buyers to view at http://www.dcriggott.com.

The history of the windows begins with Robert Kearns, inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper for cars. Kearns was blinded by a champagne cork on his wedding night, causing him to become fascinated with the blinking process as a means of regularly clearing impediments from the eye. Using his engineering background, Kearns devised the concept of the intermittent windshield wiper.

Kearns presented his idea to Ford Automotive Company only to allegedly have the organization steal it. After subsequently winning settlements from both Ford and Chrysler, Kearns sued every major automaker in the world currently using the intermittent windshield wiper.

In 1978 Kearns learned that Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, where he had been educated as a youth, was to be torn down. Despite the current financial toll of numerous major international lawsuits, Kearns decided to build a small scale replica of the church on his property in Maryland reusing artifacts he had salvaged from the building. Unfortunately, Kearns died in 2005 before he could realize gains from the lawsuits or complete his dream of erecting the church replica.

DC Riggott Inc. came into possession of the windows when an East coast glass company revealed the artifacts had been discovered in a Maryland warehouse. Several of the windows in the set were made by Mayer & Company Studios of Munich, Germany, including a particularly striking large round "rose" window.

"Our little company has an unusual little niche, mainly the liturgical artifacts that deal almost exclusively with the churches, but also with a strong emphasis and large portion of our inventory focusing on high end architectural antiques. [O]ur customers [are] architects, designers, and builders doing projects ranging from small home chapels to large renovations of cathedrals. And we’re also supplying architectural items for new construction, both commercial and high end homes," said DC Riggott Inc. founder Don Riggott.

DC Riggott Inc. showcases a variety of architectural and church artifacts with a constantly changing inventory. All artifacts are antique or vintage, sold as is. When necessary, DC Riggott Inc. provides certain on-site restoration services.

Not all items appear on the company's website, so calling or emailing with specific requests is recommended. Visits are made by appointment only.

About DC Riggott, Inc.

Located in Afton, Minnesota, DC Riggott Inc. is one of America’s first architectural antique salvage companies. For over 40 years, DC Riggott Inc. has bought and sold architectural antiques and vintage liturgical artifacts. To peruse DC Riggott Inc.’s large collection, visit http://www.dcriggott.com.

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