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San Francisco  

Sundial 420
State/Province:  California Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Good
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Location:
  • Shakespeare Garden, Golden Gate Park
 
Description:
  • A small 10-inch cast iron dial from England honors Shakespeare in a garden of the same name. The dial is on a small pedestal in the middle of the courtyard walkway and surrounded by trees. Lovely, but many shadows pass over the dial during the day. The dial plate was made for latitude 54 degrees. The gnomon appears to have been cut down to accommodate the 38 degrees for San Francisco. This "hack" method of correcting a sundial does not give correct time.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of San Francisco
  • Gift in the name of Robert Haskel Collier
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