This item is a Vintage Aluminum Three-Dog Nautical Porthole 22 Inch Diameter – Square Dogs that has been salvaged and lightly cleaned. All three of the closure dogs spin on and off with no problem. The biggest difference between this listing and our P5-15 listing, is the SQUARE dogs that are used to close the porthole securely. You can see these in the pictures.
The handy thing about these aluminum portholes is that they weigh less than their brass counterparts — allowing you some more flexibility with methods of mounting it! Some customers have used a porthole like this to make a medicine cabinet in their bathroom.
There may be slight marking on the glass of this porthole window because it is an authentic salvaged nautical item – you may choose to have a mirror added to this if you dislike the visible salvaged history on the product.
Glass Diameter: 15.75″
Weight: 16.5 lbs.
This porthole has an inset on the back, which will sit inside of the wall, allowing the porthole to display on the wall with bolts keeping it fastened. The inset measures 0.6″ in depth, 18″ in diameter.
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!