Nice original aluminum ship’s porthole that has been cleaned, polished, and made into a nautical mirror. This would be a beautiful piece in a bathroom, with a pair of aluminium wall sconces on both sides. We’ve seen quite a few customers use aluminium porthole mirrors for their bathrooms. You could also throw this up on the wall to add a dash of nautical decor to a room, or even, behind a bar.
The mount ring measures about 17.75 inches. The glass measures 11.75 inches and is original with light scratches on the surface. Weighs about 14 pounds.
When mounted to the wall, this porthole will extend out a total of about 1.75 inches. This is an authentic porthole that was removed from a working vessel. You can expect some minor wear to the surfaces of the frame.
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.