This item is an authentic 15 inch brass porthole that has been salvaged off a ship and then cleaned for your convenience. The glass is original and measures 10 inches wide. As with most original porthole glass, there will be some scratches and wear and tare on the porthole. Both closure dogs spin on and off with no problem. The flange on the back measures 11 3/4 inches in diameter, and extends out from the frame by just under one inch. Weighs about 30 pounds.
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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