This item is an authentic 17 inch bronze porthole that was salvaged from a ship and has been cleaned and polished. The mount ring measures 17 1/4 inches. The glass measures 11 3/4 inches. One of closure dogs spin on and off with no problems, the other is a little tight. Weighs 35 pounds. There is caulking around the hinge pin to prevent it from sliding out.
When mounted to the wall, this porthole will extend out a total of about 5 1/4 inches.
This is an authentic bronze porthole that was removed from a working vessel. You can expect some minor wear to the surfaces of the frame. The glass is original and may require additional cleaning.
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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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