This authentic large rectangle brass porthole has some scratches on the glass – mostly around the outside of the glass. We wanted to list this porthole individually online so that you are aware of the porthole that you will be receiving. It’s still a beautiful porthole that will look great in your home or residence – but we felt that the scratches were worth showing close ups.
Outside Frame: 20.25″ x 28.25″
Original Glass: 15.75″ x 23.5″
Flange on Back Side: 16.875″ x 25.5″
Weight: 66 lbs.
This porthole was polished, but I would not consider it a fresh polish job. The paint has been removed, but the brass surfaces have taken on a weathered look.
The closure dogs on this porthole have a very unique design. The closures operate from the back side of the window. With this design you can have the look of the brass porthole on the outside wall, and have the opening and closure dogs on the inside. It truly is a very rare design.
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.
An idea for these portholes is to transform them into a functional piece of decor -check out this brass porthole table for inspiration!