We obtained this Vintage Brass Nautical Porthole from a collector in Virginia, but it appears to have weathered over time. It may have had a brass cover in the past, but it’s missing now. The glass is heavily scratched and discolored with blackish-brown markings.
Despite these imperfections, this porthole can still be an excellent addition to a nautical-themed room. It would be perfect for someone who appreciates its vintage look and doesn’t mind the wear and tear. Installing a mirror inside would be a fantastic option, and it would make a stunning decoration for a small bathroom or to add a touch of the sea to a wall or door.
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.
Porthole Diameter: 13′
Glass Diameter: 9 3/4″
Weight: 24.5 lbs.