This diver recovered one dog brass porthole window with original paint has a 9 inch frame. The original glass measures 5 1/4 inches in diameter. The opening window frame is 6 1/2 inches in diameter and opens and closes freely. The wing nut closure on this porthole window moves freely to lock the window closed. The flange ring on the back of the frame is 6 inches in diameter and extends back from the mounting ring by 2 inches. This porthole weighs 6 3/4 pounds.
Original glass may have surface wear that can include a weathered look and minor scratches.
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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