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Porthole Mirrors at Home or in the Workplace

August 21st, 2012

NT HX058 1 Porthole Mirrors at Home or in the WorkplaceMirror, Mirror on the wall … do I have egg on my face?

Face it – mirrors are like watches: both functional and decorative. When it comes to home decorating, their primary function tends to be accenting the room’s decor rather than serving as a place to ask of your reflection.

Enter our newest line of 20” and 24” porthole mirrors – an absolute must-have in nautical theme decor. After all, what room on a ship doesn’t have a porthole? Add in a captain’s cabinet, hanging globe, school of colorful fish, and, presto-magico … a ho-hum guest room is now transformed into a portal to maritime adventure. But the truly great thing about these mirrors is how they can be placed in stairwells or industrial workplaces featuring a lot of metal, and very little decor. Visualize it for a second; your average, customary, workplace stairway. When was the last time someone told you: “My goodness! Have you seen that stairway? It’s amazing!” My guess is ‘never’.

Such areas, like stairwells and office hallways, are mentally filed away as the transition areas which people pass through without much thought to get to where they’re going. Adding a brass porthole to such a traditional stop-over is both functional and fashionable. In fact, the frequency of mirrors in a workplace is far lower than that of a residential space; the chances that remnant from your last meal is still hanging out and greeting passersby is far higher. But, really – who doesn’t want to hit the big meeting with egg on their face? (Uh … you.)

NT HX040 1 Porthole Mirrors at Home or in the Workplace So, for the office with a hint of the high-seas, a porthole mirror gives you that much-needed reflection inspection before getting down to business. Both ladies and gentlemen – thus improving the overall look of your workforce.

The style benefits of such an addition can’t be overstated. You know the backdrop: spartan decor, that wonderful washed-out look afforded by fluorescent lighting completing the overall sterile scenery. Just a single porthole window in the stairwell transports the whole operation to a more fanciful – but still fastidious – office space.

Let’s visualize again. What’s the general look of an industrial ship? Drab and undecorated. Simple, streamlined … a lot like your workplace. Something both fun and functional like porthole mirrors will transform your accounting firm into the Andrea Gail, desperately fighting her way to port with her latest deadliest catch despite the growing storm. Adventure, urgency, and even a touch of reinforcing the chain-of-command, present in both naval ships and today’s corporate climate.

Just like the brave crew of a formidable sea-faring vessel, we’re reminded of the value of teamwork – all in it together, sink or swim. Now’s not the time for half-hour coffee breaks and discussing the career chances of American Idol rejects. There’s a storm coming. All hands on deck!

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Portholes 101

October 8th, 2010

Brass Porthole Mirror

The porthole, a tiny circular window, is used by the ship’s hull for adding lighting and air to the interior of the ship. The function of the porthole is to bring light and air to especially damp parts of the ship located below deck quarters. Just like any window, the port hole window allows the occupants of the lower deck to enjoy a view albeit limited. While air and light can get in, the porthole is water-tight, and can even be light-tight if need be.

Sometimes the porthole of a ship is referred to as the side scuttle, aka side hole. This is the proper term used by the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, as well as during the construction of a ship. Side scuttle, however, is a broad term that indicated any uncovered hole on a vessels side.

The porthole is made from two structured components, and is very similar to the design of standard windows in both design and application. The porthole is bolted to the ship’s hull carefully and securely. The porthole’s glass may even come in two frames so as to allow the opening and closing of a window. Also, they have storm covers made from metal that work to secure the porthole when heavy seas and storms arise. This is also a way of blocking light if the vessels cargo calls for it. Ship’s used for battle also use storm covers to protect their stealth in battle to avoid enemy detection. These are accessed from the inside of the ship’s hull and are fastened closed by tightening several pivoting devices known as “dogs”.

Portholes that are older typically have a jutting “collar” part of their base plate that is meant to accommodate the thick wooden hull. The size of a porthole can vary. Some may only have diameters of a few inches while others may be a couple of feet wide. This applies to the weight as well, as some may just a few pounds, and others other a hundred pounds! The weight of the porthole is mainly in its glass which can be as thick as two inches. That’s a lot of glass! The metal parts of a porthole also add on to the weight of them. These metal parts are mainly sand-cast and made from bronze, brass, steel, iron, or even aluminium. The most commonly used metals being bronze and brass due to their salt water resistance. The porthole is designed to be secure so as not to limit the integrity of the hull. The porthole’s quality and assured building are what make them so resilient. With anything less, the entire ship would be put into jeopardy.

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Types Of Portholes

September 24th, 2010

Brass Porthole Mirror

The porthole is a significant part of a ship’s design. The porthole, also known as the side scuttle, is used to bring light and air into the lower parts of a ship’s deck. The porthole is secured water tight so as not to jeopardize the well being of the ship’s hull. The porthole also commonly features a storm cover that can cease light from entering and exiting the ship. This is sometimes necessary in situations where a ship must make a stealthy approach. Furthermore, this also helps to shield any goods below quarters that could be affected by direct light. The porthole is a staple of the nautical culture, and many nautical enthusiasts have different types of portholes for decoration throughout their home. There are several different nautical decor types of portholes to this end.

For starters, there are porthole clocks that can be made out of solid brass for authentic looks. These porthole clocks are great for adding to the atmosphere of a nautical themed room or sea food restaurant. The solid brass finish is polished to a mirror like shine that must be kept up with to produce the same quality time and time again. However, the outcome is far worth it. These types of porthole items typically have hinges that allow the glass portion to open just like a real porthole. This reveals the clock which is adorned by roman numerals in fifteen minute intervals. There are also many other types of portholes that are just like this.

The porthole mirror is a great addition to a nautical room, especially for those seeking the look of a real live ship’s hull. This is because the mirror gives the illusion of being a real window. You will be able to find many porthole mirrors that range from colors like brown, green, red, and many more.

One of the more authentic porthole replicas is the nine inch porthole mirror. Loosening the lower wing nuts allows for the porthole to open up just as a real porthole would. It is made from polished brass and is even lacquered. This gives this particular porthole mirror a level of elegance few porthole mirrors can achieve. The quality is so high you would be hard pressed to tell it from the real deal. Its three pre-drilled holes allow for ease of wall placement, and it comes with three screws that hold the mirror in place. With hardly any effort at all, you could easily swap out the three screws to remove the mirror and replace it with regular glass to look even more like a porthole.

The porthole is a wonderful addition to the sides of a ship, and with these different types of porthole nautical items, they are even excellent additions to a nautical themed room. There are many different types of porthole items, some of which are inexpensive, while others of more quality like the aforementioned come at a higher cost.

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