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Saint Anthony  

Sundial 169
State/Province:  Newfoundland Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Equatorial Condition:  Fair
Latitude:   51° 21.772' N Longitude:   55° 35.080' W
Location:
  • Grenfell House Museum
    Maraval Drive
    Saint Anthony
 
Description:
  • A Pilkington & Gibbs Heliochronometer, 9 in. diameter, 9 in. high bronze with two sights, 3 x 1.5 in. Points of compass on dial base, months and dates on face. Rotates to compensate for EOT. Dial is a circular plate, mounted to allow adjustment for latitude. Gnomon consists of two cast posts with vertical slits, about 6 in. high, on opposite sides of plate. Another adjustable scale permits EOT corrections. It was part of original house from 1909-1939. Not dated, but the chronometers were sold between 1907-1914. Now on display in museum and not set up for use. Heavily patinated with some corrosion. Fabricated by Pilkington & Gibbs Ltd, Preston England, # 433. The dial is mounted to a solid Labradorite pillar, 1 foot square, 21 inch high.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Sir Winfred Grenfell Hist. Soc.
  • Fonte capillata pose est occasio calva (The hairy brow is later a bald situation)
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  • Construction Date: ca 1900
 

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