This vintage brass one dog unrestored small porthole was salvaged off of a once working vessel. The one dog un-grips the porthole and allows the porthole to open up on it’s hinges. It has been left untouched. Allowing for you to enjoy the natural patina or leaves room for a restoration project to bring back its original luster.
The solid brass porthole frame measures 10 inches wide. The face is 8 with the glass measuring 7 inches. It is 1.5 inches thick with a 1.75 inch lip on the back. This salvaged porthole weighs 8.7 pounds. Over the years several layers of paint have been applied the past being a pale green on the other later and a cream on the inner ring.
These small portholes look great as accent pieces. They can be hung or installed in doors, walls, fences or anywhere the needs a little nautical pizzazz.
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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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