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Starr's Point  

Sundial 407
State/Province:  Nova Scotia Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Reproduction
Latitude:   45° 05' N Longitude:   64° 22' W
Location:
  • On the grounds of Prescott House, Starr's Point Road, Starr's Point. Near Wolfville.
 
Description:
  • A small horizontal dial, 8-inches in diameter. The dial is a fiberglass reproduction with metal gnomon upon a cement pedestal. The original dial dates from the 1820s and judging from the reproduction, is in very poor condition. Has Roman numerals, but the hour lines do not agree with the gnomon position. Very difficult to read. North edge of gnomon is cut to resemble a face in profile, possibly in reference to the inscription. On the grounds of the Charles Ramage Prescott House, built 1814 - 1816. Prescott was a merchant and horticulturalist.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Nova Scotia Museum, Province of Nova Scotia
  • Inscribed, "My face ? (illegible) ? by sunny hours."
  • Designer: unknown
  • Builder: unknown
  • Construction Date: circa 1820
 
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