A Great Mystery

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  May 31, 2012 — 6 Comments

A few months after Nick and I moved into this house we noticed some mysterious hardware mounted above almost all of our exterior windows. See the black arrows pointing to them in the photo below?

They’re on almost all of the original windows, including the one above on the porch, but not the newer windows in the laundry room (which was added on to the back of the house at some point) or the oddly-shaped window in the downstairs bath. They can even be spotted way up on the second floor.

My next door neighbor has them, too.

So what do you think they are? My best guess is that they’re intended to be used to hang some kind of hurricane shutters, but there are no such shutters to be found in storage in or around the house. Could we use them to mount plywood cut to size in case of an impending storm? From the ground they look like bottle openers to me, but the location seems impractical for that purpose, haha.

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6 responses to A Great Mystery

  1. They are to hang hurricane shutters. Go to an old ACE hardware store and talk to the oldest guy you can find. Bring pictures. I’m sure he’ll be able to direct you to something you could affix to the plywood for easy hurricane protection that would fit into the fixtures above the windows. Strange that the boards are nowhere to be found though.

  2. My first guess was that they are hurricane shutters but I have no clue!

  3. those were probably where hinges attached the screen to the window to keep the bugs out back in the day.

  4. It’s a mystery to me, but hurricane shutters sounds like a reasonable guess although I have seen them on old houses around here. We don’t have hurricanes but they could be for screens or storm shutters of some type.

  5. I would have guessed they held on the original storm windows that have probably long since been removed and discarded. Modern storm windows are usually permanently attached, but they used to be removable and were usually removed during summer months. Many homes had two sets – one set of storm windows, another set of screens. The screens were used during the summer.

  6. Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap June 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions, everybody! I think they definitely must be for hurricane shutters. If I can figure out where to store them I think I’ll get some plywood! I’m happy to know we’ve got an easy way to protect the awesome original glass.

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