This rustic sundial was hand-carved from stone and features its original and scribed slate dial plate with replaced bronze gnomon. Although the octagonal dial plate has suffered losses over the years, it is beautifully engraved with a central mariner's star, signed "James (illegible)" and dated "17 (illegible)". We replaced the gnomon with a hand-forged bronze one after the original was broken in half during shipment. Judging from the position of the gnomon, the dial was most probably made for a location in the far North, possibly Ulster. It would be perfect in an informal garden, placed in the center of wildflowers and azaleas. Please note there are cracks and losses to the slate dial plate; nicks to the edges of the stone pedestal with repairs, and darkened stone color secondary to the pervasive coal dust in the north of Ireland.
Swedish Armillary on Scottish Carved Stone Pedestal
This figural armillary, constructed of brass and aluminum with a copper numeric banding, hails from Sweden and dates to around 1970. We have repainted it in matte black and mounted it on a well-proportioned carved stone baluster that was removed from the roof of the Coates Thread headquarters in Paisley, Scotland, constructed in 1820. The two are a handsome pairing and will grace your garden year-round, surrounded in summer with waves of lavender and in winter, with snow drifts. This armillary will tell the time, but is set for a more northern latitude. In excellent overall condition, the armillary is perfect, with just a hint of earlier green paint showing through and the stone baluster has age-appropriate surface with remnants of moss and a bit of lichen.
English Carved Yorkstone Sundial with Signed 18th C Plate
This vaseform carved stone sundial in four parts is truly special. With its octagonal foot and scalloped top, the carved stone pedestal is a work of art and dates to the first half of the 19th C. It is crowned by a late 18th C bronze dial plate with original gnomon, beautifully and simply engraved by its maker, J. Whitehurst, of Derby. Perfect as a centerpiece in your rose garden, parterre, or at the end of an allée. In excellent condition overall, it has a few minor nicks and scrapes to the weathered stone surface commensurate with age.
This lovely and unusual form sundial in four parts is a marriage between an American cast stone pedestal with anthemion leaf decoration and a late 19th C American cast iron sundial plate, marked 40 degrees latitude (just about New York time). It is substantial in form and would make a stunning centerpiece in your perennial garden or in the middle of a parterre. Lovely weathered taupe color to the pedestal and rusted surface to the plate. Small chip to one bottom corner of the pedestal reveals its iron armature underneath, and so helps in dating the piece.
U.S.A., CA 1890 and 1910.
Pedestal: 38.5" hi x 15diameter top x 16" square base Sundial Plate: 12.25" diameter x 6.5" hi Overall Dimensions: 45" hi x 16" square
Important English Carved Stone & Bronze Sundial, Signed "John Smith 1882"
Without a doubt, this is the most magnificent and important sundial we have ever owned. The 40" hi fluted octagonal pedestal is carved from a single piece of Yorkstone, lightly weathered, and in terrific condition except for a minor loss to one side of the foot. The naturally verdigris lipped bronze dial plate measures 22" in diameter with a 7.5" tall gnomon and is truly the color in image #8. It is signed and dated 1882 by the famous dial maker, John Smith, who also crafted the vertical sundial at Castle Howard in England. The sundial plate, which tells time accurately to the minute, is engraved in English, Greek and Latin with a plethora of philosophical statements, including "What is Deity?", "What is Eternity?" and a passage from St. Paul to the Ephesians (in Greek). Its main motto is "Time by Moments Slips Away, First the Hour, Then the Day". But its coup de grace is that when it is noon in Middlesbrough, England, the sundial simultaneously tells the correct time in New York City and Melbourne, Australia. We have a packet of information on this collector's piece, including a biography of John Smith. The sundial plate has been detached from the base for shipping and can easily be reassembled on site.
Rare English Fireclay Sundial by Compton Potteries
This is, by far, our most unusual sundial, and one of our all-time favorites. It features Atlas holding the "world," bisected by a gorgeous and unusual verdigris demi-lune bronze gnomon. Even though Atlas has lost his head, the "world" has been repaired, the top piece and octagonal 22" diameter base have numerous chips, dings, repairs and losses, nothing could be be more appropriately allegorical today. The riser is in near perfect condition. In heavily-weathered and beautifully-patinated surface, we discovered this beauty in a private Sheffield, England garden during a downpour but just had to have it. And because it is made of fireclay, it will perform well in cold climates, but should be covered in the winter. In 3 parts. Fair condition.