Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Selected Sundials of Massachusetts

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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.
 
 
West Des Moines Iowa USA Armillary Sphere Dial 485
Armillary sphere memorial, approximately 18 inches in diameter. Painted steel or bronze
 
 
West Des Moines Iowa USA Armillary Dial 486
Stainless steel armillary sphere, approximately 8 foot in diameter. No numbers. Slits for hour lines.
 
 
Westbury New York USA Polyhedral Dial 5
An old polyhedral dial set atop a tall stone column on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens. Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps, heir to a U.S. Steel fortune. Built in 1906, this garden is an example of period landscape design, with formal gardens and landscaped grounds on a 200 acre site. The gardens and mansion are open to the public but there is an admission fee. It is reported there are other sundials within the grounds.
 
 
Westfield Wisconsin USA Armillary Dial 651
A 42 inch diameter stainless steel armillary dial with central brass sphere and topped by a 100 mm cobalt blue crystal ball. The armillary includes equatorial, meridian, tropic (2), horizon and colure rings. Above the armillary is a weathervane featuring a landing bald eagle with Swarovski crystal eye. Hour markings are notched on the equatorial ring. The armillary rests on a 43 inch high tapered stainless steel pyramidal base. The overall height of the dial and weathervane is 10 feet. The dial sits on a 43 inch high, 8x8 inch tapered pyramidal stainless steel pedestal. Dial is on private property but is visible from Fourth Avenue. Owner asks that viewers wanting closer access contact him by phone.
 
 
Westminister Vermont USA Horizontal Shadow Plane Dial 378
A large shadow plane approximately 10 ft across with a nylon cord for a gnomon. Hour points are painted on the dial. To read local apparent time on this sundial, the user must hold the gnomon cord taut and move until its shadow falls across the center of the dial. The entire dial lies south of the cord's point of attachment.
 
 
Westminster Vermont USA Vertical Direct E/W and Polar Dial 365
This whimsical dial looking like a cut-out face is actually an East and West Vertical dial and a Polar dial. It stands about 4 feet high, and is built out of 1 inch steel plate fabricated in Windsor VT and installed on the Westminster West School grounds on a buried concrete pier. Near noon, a beam of sunlight shining through an "ear" indicates the date.
 
 
Westport Connecticut USA Vertical Dial 33
Vertical dial 10 ft. x 12 ft painted on a garage door facing the sea. Base of the gnomon is in the form of a sextant. Any information on the exact location of this dial? Was referenced in Mayall's book on sundials.
 
 
Wheaton Maryland USA Horizontal Dial 503
A 20 foot diameter horizontal dial in the middle of a brick patio. The gnomon, about 12 inches wide and 8 feet tall, is made of thin wood painted a verdant green and edged with molding. The dial face is a bed of flowers with hour lines of small plants, all immaculately kept by gardener and dial builder Roger Haynes. Around the circumference of the dial are Arabic number placards for each hour from 6am to 6pm. The flowers are changed seasonally for a gardener?s delight, and during the winter when the plants are dormant, the gnomon is removed and the area is used for a winter light show. John Carmichael explained the origin of the dial (July 2003): Roger Haynes is the head groundskeeper at Brookside and he came across my website somehow about two years ago and asked me to help him design a sundial for the gardens. We discussed all sorts of ideas, but settled on this untraditional yet traditional living plant design. The park was very short of funds, so Roger had to do a lot of lobbying to get it pushed through the powers that be. But I think he did a great job considering we did all our communicating via email and drawings. I can't wait to see how it will change as it grows and as they change the plants every season. Roger Hayes reports that this dial will be removed in November, 2009.
 
 
White Lake Michigan USA Analemmatic Dial 758
A 20 x 10 foot concrete analemmatic dial with Arabic numeral hour markers for 3 AM to 9 PM. A single central date line is painted on the dial face. Segmented raised seating surrounds the dial; slump stone block pillars mark the cardinal directions. A raised plaque provides dial information and directions for use.
 
 
White Rock British Columbia Canada Horizontal Dial 759
A 9 x 12 inch stainless steel horizontal dial with 4 AM to 8 PM hour lines and Roman hour numerals for 6 AM and 6 PM. Dial is set on a 24 inch square capital atop a 30 inch high pedestal of concrete and local stones. This pedestal sits on a 50 inch square concrete base that was saved when the railway was moved in 1984
 
 
Wichita Kansas USA Horizontal Dial 281
Bronze Different size cogs put together like the inside of a clock with a sun dial flat on top.
 
 
Williamsburg Virginia USA Horizontal Dial 363
Bronze horizontal dial 36 inches in diameter. The sundial was constructed in memory of their beloved scoutmaster Sydney "Mike" Mitchell. The $3000 cost was donated from former scouts and friends. The Boy Scout Law is cast around the outer diameter of the sundial. Various Scouting awards that the Scoutmaster received are also cast into the sundial.
 
 
Williamsburg Virginia USA Armillary Dial 877
This armillary is constructed of welded carbon steel narrow bands approximately 4-feet in diameter sitting on an iron post about 3-feet high. The equatorial band has no engraved or embossed time marks, but the simple rod gnomon has two side rods. According the the WPL website, "Time on the sundial is read by looking at where the gnomon shadow is cast. This shadow will be the middle, thicker shadow of the three shadow-lines ... Although hours are not marked off on this sundial, you can estimate the time of day by thinking of the gnomon shadow hoop as the clock face and the shadow as the hour hand of that clock." Well, not exactly. The hours are at 15-deg intervals with 12 noon at the bottom of the equatorial band at the intersection of the meridian band. This armillary is more of a sculpture than a timepiece. Yet the armillary has the traditional tropic of Capricorn and Cancer bands as well as Arctic, Antarctic,and horizontal bands.
 
 
Williamsburg Virginia USA Horizontal Dial 115
A 14 inch square brass horizontal dial with hour lines and Roman numerals, compass rose and inscriptions honoring John Barrow. A fluted square pillar supports the dial.
 
 
Williamsburg Virginia USA Horizontal Dial 116
A unique bronze 12-3/8 inch octagonal horizontal dial with one main hour ring for local time and six subsidiary rings that give the time in London, Vienna, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Barbados and Mexico City. The main hour ring shows hours in Roman numerals and ten minute intervals in Arabic numbers; each hour is divided into sixty minute intervals and "fleur-de-lis" decorations are placed at the thirty-minute marks. The subsidiary rings are inscribed with Roman numerals for daylight hours and Arabic numbers for night hours. The presence of subsidiary rings suggests the dial was made with an instructive or "world-view" intent.
 
 
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.
 
 
Williston Vermont USA Horizontal Dial 267
African granite, Cor-Ten steel, concrete A sundial with a hook-shaped arm in the center next to a granite block. Surrounding these two pieces are three flat concrete slabs with numbers carved in them.