Porthole Mirrors: Nautical Mirrors for your Home in Multiple Sizes and Finishes

Perhaps surprisingly, given the nautical usage, the word "porthole" does not refer to the port (left) side of a ship in anyway. Instead, the name originates from the reign of Henry VI of England (1485). King Henry VI was the first to outfit his fleet of ship's with cannons that went below deck, requiring holes to be cut in the side. When not in use, they were covered with "portes", the French word for door, and was later Anglicized to port.

Since that time, portholes have been used in armored vehicles, aircraft, automobiles, and even spacecraft. Stiil, the porthole remains most associated with the sea. A porthole mirror instantly adds a nautical touch to any room. Each porthole mirror features working clamps that unscrew to allow the framed to be mounted to to your wall. Choose from nickel, brass, or black iron finishes in a variety of sizes. Once hung, it's sure to spark a conversation or two. And now you'll have a interesting story about the origins of the porthole name.