Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

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Williamsburg  

Sundial 877
State/Province:  Virginia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Condition:  Good
Latitude:   37° 17.445' N Longitude:   76° 42.500' W
Location:
  • In front of Williamsburg Public Library
    515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg VA
    bounded by Armistead Ave and N. Boundary St
 
Description:
  • 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.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Williamsburg Regional Public Library
  • Designer: Wily Ferguson
  • Builder: Ferguson Metal Fabrication in Staunton, VA
  • Construction Date: 2002
 
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Last Revised: 2017-08-24 16:38