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Salem  

Sundial 131
State/Province:  Massachusetts Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Good
Latitude:   42° 30' N Longitude:   71° W
Location:
  • 54 Turner Street (Hawthorne's 'House of the Seven Gables.')
 
Description:
  • Approx. 10 inch diameter cast bronze horizontal dial. Inner ring has zodiac signs, middle ring has cherubs, leaves and a crown, and outer ring has hours 4AM-8PM in Roman numerals but no hour lines. The 6AM and 6PM lines are opposite each other but their hour lines do not pass through the root of the gnomon. It is believed the dial was installed about 1910 by then owner Caroline Emmerton. The dial was moved in 2007 to a less sunny location to make room for a seaman's memorial sculpture. The dial pedestal is traditionally decorated stone with circular top
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: House of Seven Gables Trust
  • None
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  • Construction Date: 19th/20th C