Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

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Sundial 836
State/Province:  Missouri Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Fair
Latitude:   38° 39.192' N Longitude:   90° 21.900' W
Location:
  • Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery
    9125 Ladue Road
    St. Louis, MO 63124
 
Description:
  • A horizontal sundial made on an octagonal brass plate, measuring 12 inches from side to side. The engraved hour lines are divided with marks for half, quarter and eighth parts of the hour. The hour numbers themselves are outward facing Roman numerals. The brass gnomon is bent slightly to the west by vandals. The pedestal is 37.5 inches tall with a 17 inch circular top cap of pink marble. Unfortunately the dial is located near a tree, so it is in shade for part of day.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery
  • I showe youre bright houres only

    Date inscribed on the dial plate is 1680, which is questionable. Perhaps a play on the birth of Samuel Moreell in 1860. The Hebrew inscription reads: Simcha Leib son of Shlomo Zalman. Passed on the 1st of Nissan 5698 (corresponds to 1938). May his soul be bound in eternal life.
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  • Construction Date: 1938
 

Last Revised: 2016-08-29 19:42