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Selected Sundials of Massachusetts

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Newburyport Massachusetts USA Armillary Dial 443
This 4-foot diameter armillary sphere is made of galvanized, painted and gold leafed steel. The dial is had forged and welded by Cassidy Brothers Forge. It was "Colorgalvanized" by Duncan Industries and gold leafed. It was made to specifications from Albert Waugh's book on sundials, including latitude and longitude corrections. The sundial is mounted on a cast stone pedestal and stands about 8 foot high.
 
 
Newton Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 46
Limestone Horizontal
 
 
Orange Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 527
A vertical sundial built from Eastern White Pine local-grown timber. The dial face is 35x44 inches and the gnomon is a 3 inch long aluminum rod. Hour lines include analemmas and the spring and fall lines are painted different colors with corresponding dates identified. Solstice and equinox lines are shown.
 
 
Plymouth Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 342
approx. 8 feet in diameter Roman numerals, with half-hour marks and compass rose. Dial sits on a rectangular stone pedestal.
 
 
Salem Massachusetts USA Collection Dial 124
 
 
Salem Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 131
Approx. 10 inch diameter cast bronze horizontal dial. Inner ring has zodiac signs, middle ring has cherubs, leaves and a crown, and outer ring has hours 4AM-8PM in Roman numerals but no hour lines. The 6AM and 6PM lines are opposite each other but their hour lines do not pass through the root of the gnomon. It is believed the dial was installed about 1910 by then owner Caroline Emmerton. The dial was moved in 2007 to a less sunny location to make room for a seaman's memorial sculpture. The dial pedestal is traditionally decorated stone with circular top
 
 
Sandwich Massachusetts USA Armillary Dial 175
Bronze armillary dial about 40 inches in diameter. Has polar and meridional circles, with smaller ones at north and south poles. Gnomon is 1 inch in diameter. Dial is mounted on a wedge atop an octagonal stone pedesta. To enter Heritage Plantation there is a fee. For information phone 508-888-3300.
 
 
Somerville Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 441
This 5 foot x 7 foot vertical dial is painted onto the true south facing concrete wall of a commercial building. The gnomon and hour lines appear to be weathered copper or bronze. The hour lines are corrected for longitude, but may be in error by about 5 minutes. The dial is in relatively good condition, but the painted numerals are fading. The building itself has been in several hands over the last 10-15 years.
 
 
South Hadley Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 338
A small horizontal dial about 16 inches square, with a plain gnomon that rises about 6 inches. Nearby is a building with a hard to find wall dial, covered by ivy. Mayall's 1938 edition of "Sundials" shows the sundial without the ivy. The dial sits on an ornate stone pillar resting on a two-step octagonal base.
 
 
South Hadley Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 177
ca 18 inch diameter horizontal dial. Roman numerals, 5 AM to 7 PM. Zodiac signs in circle within numerals. Capricorn and Sagittarius misplaced. Gnomon replaced, 1991. Dial sits atop a two-step octagonal base, ornate carved pillar.
 
 
South Lee Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 838
On the transom of a brown wood shingled and stone building that looks like it once was a church is a vertical south declining wooden sundial about 2 x 2 feet square. The sundial is painted red with a nicely cut wood gnomon. Hour lines and Roman numerals from VI to VI are chiseled into the wood, along with an inscription. The dial is framed in wood as well but the contrasting grey paint is flaking off.
 
 
Stow Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 48
A wood vertical dial on the south side of a schoolhouse. Has hour lines from 6am to 6pm with Roman numerals at each hour. The gnomon radiates from a plain diamond in the center of the dial.
 
 
Sturbridge Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 180
A 1 foot diameter cast iron circular plate, with Roman numerals 5 am to 7 pm. Subdivided into 30 min increments on one ring, 10 minute increments on an adjacent one. Fastened with screws to a large rock. Reproduction of an authentic original cast iron dial from the Samuel Pierce House, Middleton, CT. Plaque reads "In grateful recognition for the leadership and service of Edward L. Clifford, Chairman of the Board of Trustees."
 
 
Waltham Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 191
A declining vertical sandstone dial approximately 3x6 feet with bronze gnomon. Mounted at 2nd floor level on large stone house. Roman numerals. Hour lines from 6 am-5 pm are not in standard vertical position, presumably offset to correct for wall not facing due South. Dial reclines approx 2 degrees north. Dial # 190 (Cambridge MA, Mt. Aubry Cemetery, Story Chapel) has same Whittier inscription.
 
 
Wellesley Massachusetts USA Equatorial Dial 49
Half cylinder
 
 
Wellesley Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 431
A small 14x14 inch rose granite square dial with an unassuming 5 inch high brass gnomon sits upon a round white 3 foot high granite column. At the base is a larger granite block. Built about 1899.
 
 
Wendell Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 688
A 15x5 foot hammer formed copper vertical dial declining 8? east of south with hour and half hour lines and Roman hour numerals. Gnomon is supported by dual braces. An EOT correction graph is provided and includes the inscription, "For every purpose there is a season" and acknowledgment to Friends of the Library and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
 
 
Williamstown Massachusetts USA Armillary Dial 50
48 inch diameter. A smaller copy of the San Diego Zoo armillary (#79), identical to the one at Univ of Wisconsin - La Crosse.
 
 
Woods Hole Massachusetts USA Pillar Dial 176
Stone pillar. Brass EOT graph Four-sided column. Dial on each face, with stone sphere containing a polar axis mounted on the top. Known as the Yalden dial. North gnomon has been placed incorrectly since at least the early 70's.
 
 
Worcester Massachusetts USA Equatorial Dial 312
A Victor E. Edwards bronze equatorial sundial. It has an unusual crescent shaped arm with notch at the upper end. The arm is rotated until sunlight through the notch strikes an analemma on the lower inner curve of the crescent. Time is then read on a circular dial from an "hour hand" pointer extending from the base of the crescent.