A Vintage Heavy Aluminum Porthole With Cover holds a rich history of maritime culture and played an essential role in ships. It allowed natural light, fresh air, and a stunning view of the surrounding waters to enter the ship. Its sturdy aluminum construction made it capable of withstanding harsh sea conditions, while the cover provided protection during bad weather or privacy when needed. Today, collectors and enthusiasts of nautical decor highly value these portholes. This particular porthole may require minor work as it has only one functional dog latch, but its glass is in excellent condition. By removing the cover and the dogs, the porthole can be installed as it is or can be transformed into an attractive mirror. Overall, this remarkable piece of nautical history would add an authentic and unique touch to any space it occupies.
The word “porthole” has nothing to do with its location on the port side of a ship but originated thanks to Henry VII of England in 1485. The king demanded 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 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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Diameter: 22 1/2″
Glass Diameter: 15 1/2″
Lid Diameter: 18 1/2″
Weight: 32 lbs.