This is a vintage Chris Craft brass oval porthole that was salvaged from a late 40’s- 60’s Chris Craft. Chris Craft is an American manufacturer of luxury boats, building boats in a range of sizes since 1874. Known for their classic beauty, stunning woodwork and agile handling.
*For an additional charge this porthole can be fitted with a custom mirror*
This oval porthole is solid brass under the cream colored paint. The outside of the frame measures 26.5 inches by 10.5 inches. The glass measures 7 by 4 inches. The flange on the back extends out from the frame by about 1/4 inch. The total thickness of this porthole including the flange is 2 inches. The outer ring has 17 mounting holes. The two wing-nut dogs work and the window opens freely. The original glass is in good condition with minor surface wear. It weighs 17.8 pounds.
The porthole is in as found condition, original paint and all. The original rubber seal between the window and the main frame is still in place, but may not provide a complete weather tight seal due to age. It was removed from a Chris Craft boat being cut up for scrap.
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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.