This antique Salvaged Aluminum Porthole Mirror was salvaged off of a once working vessel and has since been cleaned up and fixed with a mirror. The dogs un-grip the porthole and allow the porthole to open up on it’s hinges. This means that this salvaged aluminum porthole mirror could serve as a medicine cabinet in your nautical bathroom.
The aluminum porthole frame measures 20 inches wide by 27.5 inches long. The depth of the porthole from dog to the back plate is 4.5 inches. This salvaged porthole mirror weighs 31.5 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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