Authentic Nautical Brass Porthole
This item is an authentic brass porthole that has been polished for your use. The glass measures 12 inches in diameter. Both closure dogs spin on and off with no issues. The outer diameter of the back flange is 13 1/2 inches and extends out from the back of the frame by 1/2 inch. This porthole will extend out from the mounting surface by 5 1/4 inches. Weighs about 44 pounds.
The porthole glass has significant wear, pitting and scratches from years of sea travel. The glass has significant visible pitting and hazing around the outside 3 inches of the glass, which is visible in the photos.
You will be shipped the authentic brass ship’s porthole shown in the photos.
The word “porthole” has nothing to with its location on the port side of a ship, but originated thanks to Henry VII of England in 1485. The king demanded on mounting guns that were too large for his ships and French shipbuilder, James Baker was brought on to solve the problem. He pierced the ship’s side so that the cannon can could be mounted inside. When there was heavy weather or the cannons were not in use, the openings in the ships were fitted with covers that latched tightly. These were called porte, which means door in French. Porte became port thanks to the English and eventually any opening on a ship was called a porthole.