Here’s an Impressive Nautical Rectangular Brass Porthole. The rectangular porthole weighs just over 18 pounds. The outside of the frame measures 15 by 8 inches and has 10 mounting holes. The glass measures 12 by 5 inches. On the back, the raised flange measures about 12 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches by 4 inches deep.
The two wing-nut dogs work and the window opens freely; this rectangular brass porthole does not have the original screen. The original glass has minimal surface wear. This porthole is in as found condition. The exterior ia unpainted with a quite nice patina while the interior of the porthole has a few layers of paint last being blue.
The nautical rectangular window and the main frame is still in place, but may not provide a complete weather tight seal due to age and minor unevenness between the two surfaces.
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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