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Aluminium Porthole Mirror

£ 84.95
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A lightly brushed aluminium porthole mirror.

The maritime word 'Porthole' originated during the reign of Henry VI of England (1485). King Henry mounted guns far too large for his ships and therefore the conventional methods of securing the weapons on the bow and stern were impossible.

A French shipbuilder named James Baker was commissioned to solve the problem: by piercing the ship's sides so the cannons could be mounted inside. Circular covers were fitted for heavy weather and when the cannons were not in use.

The origin of word 'Porthole' has no actual link with the nautical terms of 'Port' and 'Starboard' but from the French word 'Porte' meaning 'Door'.

The mirror fixings are real and can be used to open the mirror if you wish - the mirror could also be used as unusual cupboard door.

  • Frame diameter: 38.5cm / 15 inches
  • Mirror diameter: 24.5cm
  • Depth including fixings: 8cm
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