This is an authentic salvaged oblong porthole. This porthole weighs just over 15 pounds. The frame of the porthole measures 15.25 inches long and 9.5 inches high. From the knobs on the front, to the inset on the back, the width measurement is 4 inches. From the plate where the porthole will be mounted, the inset is 1.75 inches.
The two wing-nut dogs work and the window opens freely; the original glass has minimal surface wear. This porthole is in as found condition. The exterior is unpainted with a quite nice patina.
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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.
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