This Original Unrestored 4 Dog Brass Ship Porthole is made of solid brass. The porthole frame measures 20 inches in diameter. The original glass measures 15 inches in diameter. It extends out by 3 inches to the frame and 7 inches including the Dogs. The 4 dog are all operational. This heavy duty porthole weighs 63 pounds.
The original glass will have surface wear and minor scratches, there is are some 1 inch chips on the interior and exterior of the glass shown in the photos. The chipped paint is all original, we have not restored this porthole in any way. There are brass bolts filling the mount holes.
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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