This small salvaged one-dog nautical brass porthole is made of solid brass. The porthole frame measures 9 1/2 inches in diameter. The original glass measures 5 3/4 inches in diameter. The flange ring on the back of the frame is 7 3/8 inches in diameter and extends out by 3 inches. This porthole weighs just under 12 pounds.
The original glass will have surface wear 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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