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Falmouth  

Sundial 829
State/Province:  Maine Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Condition:  Good
Latitude:   42° 43.393' N Longitude:   70° 14.175' W
Location:
  • Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road. Dial is located near the southwest door of the Library
 
Description:
  • This bronze armillary sundial is about 18 inches in diameter. The prime meridian ring is embossed with an intricate design. A different designed with forward and backward "S" adorns the exterior of the equatorial ring while the interior has embossed Roman numerals for the the hours. The 6-hour ring is plain and there is no horizontal ring. The arrow gnomon rod is at the correct slope but the dial is free to turn on its base so that it is not oriented north.

    Th armillary support has a two facing angelic figures holding what appears to be an astrolabe between them. The base has a compass rose at center surrounded by symbols of the zodiac, the constellation figure, and at the outer edge, the name of the ecliptic constellation. The plinth is a light granite pillar.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Falmouth Memorial Library
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
 

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