P5-04 is a beautiful wood mounted brass porthole that measures 12 inches in diameter total. The porthole itself has a diameter of 9.25 inches with a glass diameter of 5.5 inches. This porthole will extend 2.75 inches out from the wall (including the dog closures). It weighs 4 pounds.
This porthole is believed to be a replica but is still great for decoration.
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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