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Brass Portholes| Re-purpose nautical wall hardware as Maritime decorations and decor!
A porthole is a small, generally circular, window used on the hull of ships to admit light and air. Porthole is actually an abbreviated term for "port hole window". Though the term is of obvious maritime origin, it is also used to describe round windows on armored vehicles, aircraft, automobiles (the Ford Thunderbird a notable example), and even spacecraft.
On a ship, the function of a porthole, when open, is to permit light and fresh air to enter the dark and often damp below-deck quarters of the vessel. It also affords below-deck occupants a limited, but often much needed view to the outside world. When closed, the porthole provides a strong water-tight, weather-tight, and sometimes light-tight barrier.
A porthole on a ship may also be called a sidescuttle or side scuttle (side hole).The article "Porthole" is part of the Wikipedia encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porthole
Real porthole vs. faux portholes-
Re-purpose ships portholes as home decorating elements to give any room wall the look and feel of a maritime ship. Putting up one or more portholes on a wall will transform any room to a look and feel of a ship on land. These items have become very popular with many nautical décor enthusiasts and can be hard to find. (See our broad collection below).
Do you like the porthole look but not the expense? Are you handy? Consider this do-it-yourself idea and make faux portholes. Buy a single porthole and use it as a template. Then trace the outline of the porthole out on plywood and cut them out with a jig or scroll saw. Contact your local glass store and give them the dimensions of the porthole (or bring in your template) and have them cut out the faux porthole glass. Sandwich your cut glass between two cut wooden porthole frames with a hot glue gun. Paint the wood your desired porthole color and hang on the wall!
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