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Selected Sundials of British Columbia

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Victoria British Columbia Canada Horizontal Dial 752
A bronze horizontal dial with hour lines, quarter-hour marks and Roman hour numerals. Dial face includes a central compass rose. The dial sits atop a carved cedar totem depicting an Orca killer whale. The totem is carved in the Coastal Salish tradition by Aubrey LaFortune, a member of the Cowichan Band of native Canadians. The dial was commissioned by the Royal Club of Victoria and donated for the garden in 2001. Volunteers created the herb garden in 1999; all the gardens at Government House are maintained by volunteers.
 
 
Victoria British Columbia Canada Horizontal Dial 753
A 12 inch diameter cast bronze horizontal dial with hour lines, quarter-hour marks and Roman hour numerals. Dial face includes a central compass rose with cardinal directions. Dial sits atop a cast concrete pedestal sculptured with curves, fronds and cherubs. Hatley Castle was the stately mansion for the Dunsmuir family, built in 1908 by James Dunsmuir, whose father Robert had built Craigdarroch Castle in downtown Victoria. This is one of numerous common-design sundials in Victoria.
 
 
Victoria British Columbia Canada Horizontal Dial 754
A 9 inch diameter cast bronze dial with hour and half-hour marks and Roman hour numerals. The dial face has a compass rose at the center with cardinal and ordinal directions. The casting is of poor quality and the gnomon, brazed in place, is bent and at the wrong angle. The sundial is a monument to the Point Hope Shipyard. Engraved on one side is the history of the shipyard, the oldest in British Columbia, renovated and reopened in 2007. The cast dial pedestal is marked, "This newel post was saved from the demolition of St. Mary's Hospital, Victoria.
 
 
Victoria British Columbia Canada Horizontal Dial 755
A 12 inch diameter cast bronze horizontal dial with hour lines, quarter-hour marks and Roman hour numerals. Dial face includes a central compass rose with cardinal directions. The dial sits atop a cast decorative concrete pedestal. The dial is correctly designed for the location and is one of at least seven such dials in the Victoria area.
 
 
Victoria British Columbia Canada Horizontal Dial 756
A 12 inch diameter cast bronze horizontal dial with hour lines, quarter-hour marks and Roman hour numerals. Dial face includes a central compass rose with cardinal directions; large characters inscribe RVYC and 1992. Dial sits atop a tapered mortared stone pedestal The pedestal carries two plaques displaying: A GIFT FROM THE MEMBERS OF 1992 TO THE MEMBERS OF 2092 and In Honour and Appreciation of the Visit of the Royal Patron of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club His Royal Highness The Duke of York KCVO ADC June 16, 2003
 
 
Villahermosa Tabasco Mexico Multiple Dials Dial 380
A "Gnomonicon", or multi-indication dial, made of concrete, aluminum, brass and copper. The dial stands approximately 5 feet high and has multiple solar time dials in many orientations plus a flat equatorial, a concave equatorial, a revolving equatorial and a rare spherical dial. Also a solar calendar and representations of the ecliptic and the zodiac.
 
 
Vincennes Indiana USA Horizontal Dial 687
a 14 inch diameter cast metal horizontal dial with 15 minute hour lines and Roman hour numerals. Sunrise and sunset times at solstices marked by additional lines. Dial face includes grim reaper figure. Hour lines and gnomon may be designed for different latitude; this may be a commercial dial but it is clever and unrecognized if so. Dial sits on a square tapered marble pedestal with stepped square bases.
 
 
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.
 
 
Waring Texas USA Vertical Dial 870
This is a rare American stained glass sundial, accurately telling time and season. It occupies the center panel of a five panel window that forms a cross. The vertical sundial panel measures 28x28 inches and declines 48° west of south, so it only functions in the afternoons. The dial is longitude corrected and indicates Daylight Saving Time when readings are adjusted using the Equation of Time. The gnomon is a 3/4 inch brass ball nodus attached by a non-polar axis rod to the aluminum Sussman window frame. It is the only stained glass sundial in the world that uses frosted colored stained glass to enhance the view of the nodus shadow. It has three seasonal date lines, a solar noon mark, and other marks showing special anniversary dates. It contains the traditional fly, seen on the the lower yellow panel between 1pm and 1:30pm.
 
 
Warren Michigan USA Horizontal Dial 269
Horizontal dial 16 ft in diameter with 6 ft gnomon. The Sundial is pyramid shaped, painted in four different shades of yellow and white. Two sighting tubes along slanted upper edge. Sundial sits in center of circular concrete base with brick facing.
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Horizontal Dial 256
Octagonal bronze horizontal dial, mounted just above the ground level. Designed by Richard Schmidt of the USNO staff and cast by Alex Bigler of Equestrian Forge celebrates the 100th anniversary of the move of the USNO to its present site at Observatory Circle. The USNO was founded in 1830. Public, but by appointment only (202-762-1438).
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Armillary Dial 257
The bronze armillary sphere dial is unremarkable yet is oriented accurately and is complete. About 2 feet in diameter. Hour numerals are Roman and show 5 AM to 7PM. It commemorates a longtime gallery official.
 
 
Washington DC USA Horizontal Dial 793
An incorrectly installed but prominently displayed 8 inch bronze horizontal dial with hour, half-hour and quarter-hour lines and Roman hour numerals from 5 AM to 7 PM. The bronze gnomon is inclined from the dial face approximately 42° and the hour lines appear correct for that latitude, though the local latitude is about 39°.
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Armillary Dial 284
The Noyes armillary sphere was donated by Bertha Noyes in honor of her sister, Edith. Made of copper and bronze, the 6-foot armillary had an equatorial band with symbols of the zodiac, a meridian circle and arctic & antarctic circles. A winged cherub — a putto — stood in the center. The dial sat upon a octagonal polished green granite base.
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Horizontal Dial 34
A cathedral landmark. 6 foot rectangular crypt with a 2 foot circular horizontal dial in bronze. Adjoining the dial is a cross noon marker that casts its shadow onto the crypt with major Christian holidays marked through the year. Gnomon has a folded shape of 2 cm width but the hour lines form only one dial center although the space at noon gap is 1 cm.
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Horizontal Dial 297
Bronze 36 in. sundial. "Garden of Eden". Gift of estate of Paul Manship
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Dial 310
Bronze sundial on a concrete column.
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Horizontal Dial 316
A horizontal dial 26 inches in diameter with a 9 inch gnomon. Has hour and half hour lines from 5 am to 7pm with 10 minute marks. Made of chocolate sandstone. South of the gnomon is an engraving of two children walking under a tree. Designed by John Carmichael
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Armillary Dial 588
A 20 inch diameter bronze armillary on a four foot pedestal. Roman hour numerals from 3 AM to 9 PM.
 
 
Washington District of Columbia USA Horizontal Dial 850
This horizontal dial was commissioned by the District of Columbia Department of General Services for the newly renovated River Terrace Educational Campus. The mosaic dial is installed within a 20 ft diameter concrete plaza. The dial face is a beautifully colored spectrum of Italian Piccolo porcelain 1-inch mosaic tiles encompassing a circle 8 ft in diameter. Embedded in the mosaic chapter ring are 7-inch aluminum Arabic numbers marking the hours from 6am to 6pm and just within are letters marking the cardinal points. The aluminum gnomon is 4 ft. long and 2.83 ft tall.