Brass porthole to become family heirloom

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Piper G, Dec 29, 2023.

  1. Piper G

    Piper G New Member

    So here's the short version. My husband had this porthole bouncing around the house for all of our 21-years of marriage. His 45-year-old son says he remembers it when he was a kid.

    My husband and I fought his battle against a rare, aggressive cancer for 3 years. It wasn't until we brought hospice in that suddenly things, like this stupid porthole, gained importance. Before my husband passed, 8 weeks ago, I told him I would polish it up, mount it, and have our family name burned into the wood to pass down as a family heirloom.

    The hidden message here...don't wait to do anything! Someday comes way sooner than you think.

    Here are pics of the porthole before and after cleaning. I'm wondering if anyone can take a stab at where to find a historian that might give me some info I can pass along with the heirloom. My husband was from Long Island, New York. His Irish grandpa did work on the docks of NY after immigrating here. I'm taking a guess that's where it came from.

    Ok, I need some help how to attach a photo. In trying to upload a pic from my phone it tells me the file is too large.
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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Piper, someone will be along shortly with instructions.

  3. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Is you phone an Iphone or Android?
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  4. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Spot ON, Piper!' Welcome!
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  5. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Sorry for your loss ! :(

    You might want to copy and save this for reference for a helps when you're new!!!:rolleyes:

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  6. Piper G

    Piper G New Member

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  7. judy

    judy Well-Known Member

    Welcome to Antiquers Piper G.

    So sorry for your loss.
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  8. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    The internet identifies this as a brass marine octagon porthole. Not sure you'll be able to learn more than that.

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2023
  9. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    Ditto what Debora said.
    It's definitely "old" and looks fab all cleaned up!
    I presume no numbers or other marks were found on it?
  10. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    @Piper G , Welcome to Antiquers. Condolences on the loss of your husband.

    There are a few museums in New York City that might be able to either help, or have the knowledge to refer you to an appropriate place to ask questions. One is the Maritime Industry Museum on the campus of SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. Here is a link to a contact page for them:
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