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Early 19th Century English Bronze Horizontal Sundial by Cary of London

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Early 19th Century English Bronze Horizontal Sundial by Cary of London

An early 19th-century horizontal sundial by Cary London.

This 12” diameter bronze sundial is finely engraved and has a 16 point compass rose in the middle. The sundial was meant to be used outside in a garden on the latitude of the London area. The engraved base plate, which is of fantastic deep and original patina, has a Roman chapter ring with minute divisions, on which the gnomon casts its shadow and the time can be read.

In addition, there is a rare equation-of-time ring, which relates solar time to mean time (being the time we read on a clock). The difference between solar time and real-time varies from +16 to -15 minutes. This is reflected on this ring and is facilitated by the words Slower Watch and Watch Faster.

The sundial is signed by the maker at the bottom in the following manner, ‘Cary London’, indicating that the sundial was made by the eminent Cary family of instrument, globe and map makers who were predominantly based in the Strand, London throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

Condition

Good. Wear consistent with age and use.

Dimensions

Height: 6.89 in. (17.5 cm)
Diameter: 12.01 in. (30.5 cm)

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