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Sundials For Sale
19th Century English Reconstituted Stone Sundial
Located in Houston, TX
English Garden sundial on reconstituted stone. Metal sundial is loose.
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Mid-19th Century British Antique Sundials

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Cast Stone

Carved Italian Marble Sundial with Iron Gnomon
Located in Dallas, TX
Hand-carved in Italy, this beautiful marble sundial has a turned iron gnomon that mirrors a thin twisted rope molding along the outer edges. Beneath the gnomon attachment are colored inserts that form a blue, red, yellow, and green compass rose, providing a colorful contrast to the cream marble with subtle tan and gray veining. As the earth rotates on its axis, the gnomon casts a shadow onto the marble which is incised with Roman Numerals on a stylized scroll. Directly under the tip of the angled gnomon is “XII”, indicating noon. The numbers to the left of XII run counterclockwise, starting with “VI”. On the opposite side, the numerals continue in a counterclockwise manner, terminating in a second “VI” (which would be PM if the sundial...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Sundials

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Marble, Iron

Vintage English Country Iron Black Garden Armillary Sundial
Located in Elkhart, IN
A stunning vintage English country or Neoclassical style black iron garden armillary sundial with Roman numerals USA, Late 20th Century Measures: 9.5"W x 6.75"D x 10.75"H Very goo...
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Sundials

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Iron

Vintage English Country Iron Black Garden Armillary Sundial
Located in Elkhart, IN
A stunning vintage English country or Neoclassical style black iron garden armillary sundial sphere USA, Late 20th Century Measures: 11"W x 6.75"D x 12"H Good vintage condition. P...
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Sundials

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Iron

Antique English Verdigris Bronze Sundial Plate
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
An antique English bronze sundial plate with a character Verdigris finish dating from the mid 19th century. This large horizontal sundial plate is a beautiful, aged addition to a gar...
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Mid-19th Century English Georgian Antique Sundials

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Metal, Bronze

Antique Georgian Style Armillary Garden Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
A striking antique Georgian style armillary sundial featuring an unusual 20th century armillary sphere mounted upon a beautifully weathered Georgian era red sandstone column plinth. ...
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19th Century English Georgian Antique Sundials

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Sandstone, Steel

Swedish Atlas Astrology Garden Armillary
Located in Vienna, AT
A Swedish garden armillary, manufactured in the 1950s in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Sundials

Materials

Brass

Antique 18th Century George II Limestone Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
An antique mid 18th century George II limestone sundial with a bronze sundial plate. Dating to circa 1750, this striking English sundial showcases an unusual bulbous shape on an impr...
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Mid-18th Century English Georgian Antique Sundials

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Stone, Limestone, Metal, Bronze

Vintage Swedish Atlas Armillary Sundial Attributed to Sune Roth
By Sune Rooth
Located in Bochum, NRW
Vintage Original Sun Clock or Armillary Sun Dial attributed to Sune Rooth, mid-20th century. Antique garden ornament from Sweden, known as a Sun Clock or Armillary Sun dial, with a c...
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1940s European Art Deco Vintage Sundials

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Copper, Wrought Iron

Mid Century Scaphe Copper Garden Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
A striking mid-century scaphe form copper garden sundial, mounted on an angular Scottish granite base. This unusual sundial will make a stunning modern art piece at the centre of any...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Sundials

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Stone, Granite, Metal, Copper

Reclaimed Bronze Garden Sundial on Alabaster Pedestal
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
Unusually mounted on an alabaster pedestal, this early 20th century reclaimed bronze sundial is an elegant centrepiece for gardens traditional and modern alike. Beautifully weather...
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Early 20th Century English Georgian Sundials

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Alabaster, Bronze

Vintage Cast & Carved Stone Spanish Garden Sundial
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous large Unusual form cast & carved stone Spanish Garden sundial. Cast and imprinted with its makers name & date (1938), this will enhance all gardens that it graces. Roman num...
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1970s American Greco Roman Vintage Sundials

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Cast Stone, Iron

Italian Carved Limestone Baluster Form Armillary Sundial with Circular Plinth
Located in Dallas, TX
Topped by a four-ring iron armillary sphere with a lancing arrow gnomon, this sundial is supported by a baluster form column. Hand-carved from Italian limestone, the light gray stone has developed a striking patina of green, dark gray, and brown and features some visible fossil inclusions (most noticeably to the entablature). The bulbous column, which has been embellished with several slender protruding rings and thick lobes of gadroon, sits on top of two demi-lune stones that form a circular base. Our Italian baluster form sundial would make a fantastic garden ornament in a garden, courtyard, or front yard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Sundials

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Stone, Limestone, Metal, Iron

Slate Sundial, Decorated And Dated 1704
Located in MARSEILLE, FR
Slate sundial engraved and decorated with cornucopias, shells and a crown topped with the motto "In Hoc Signo Vinces", which can be translated as "by this sign you will overcome" and...
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Early 18th Century European Louis XIV Antique Sundials

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Slate

Antique Swedish Atlas Sundial
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a Antique Swedish Atlas Sundial in Original condition.
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1920s Swedish Primitive Vintage Sundials

Materials

Concrete, Metal

Antique Swedish Sundial
Located in Hollywood, FL
This is a Antique Swedish Sundial in original condition.
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1910s Swedish Primitive Vintage Sundials

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Concrete, Metal

Mid 20th Century Antique Iron Wall Sundial
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid 20th Century antique iron wall sundial with a nice weathered paint finish. This is an unusual sundial that mounts on a wall facing South to tell the t...
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Mid-20th Century American Sundials

Materials

Iron

Antique Keuffel & Esser Co 141547 Surveyors Compass in Case w Wooden Tripod Base
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Keuffel & Esser Co 141547 Surveyors Compass in Case with Adjustable Wooden Tripod Base. Circa Early to Mid 20th Century. Measurements: Case: ...
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Early 20th Century Victorian Sundials

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Metal

Swedish Atlas Armillary Sundial Mounted on Hand-Carved Antique Stone Plinth
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish armillary of Atlas mounted onto stone plinth. This vintage Swedish armillary sundial is supported on the single arm of mighty Atlas, and is...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Sundials

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Stone, Metal, Copper

Antique York Stone Sundial of Baluster Shape
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
An English carved York limestone sundial of baluster shape, fitted with its original slate sundial plate and bronze gnomon. Various fine inscriptions are etched into the slate plate,...
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Late 19th Century English Victorian Antique Sundials

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Stone, Metal, Bronze

Vintage Iron Garden Sundial "Tempos Fugit"
Located in Elkhart, IN
A stunning vintage iron garden sundial reading "Tempus Fugit," which translated from Latin means "Time Flies." USA, Late 20th Century Measures: 9.25"W x 9.25"D x 3"H Good vintage ...
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Sundials

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Iron

Antique 19th Century Square Marble Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
An antique 19th century square marble sundial dating to circa 1893. This Victorian wall mounted sundial stands out with its black painted iron gno...
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Late 19th Century English Victorian Antique Sundials

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Stone, Marble, Iron

Vintage Garden Sundial, English, Stone, Bronze, Ornamental, Outdoors, Circa 1950
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a vintage garden sundial. An English, reconstituted stone column with bronze dial and gnomon, dating to the mid 20th century, circa 1950. Fascinating treat for your garden with lovely weathered appearance Displays a desirable aged patina and light flora covering Stands upon a delightful fluted column, the dial residing upon an Ionic capital Weathered bronze dial presents wonderful verdigris hues Stylish brass gnomon sits prominently above the dial This is an appealing vintage garden sundial, with a wonderful, natural patination. Ideal for the lawn or within an ornamental garden...
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1950s British Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sundials

Materials

Stone

Antique Terracotta Garden Armillary Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
Antique Terracotta Garden Armillary Sundial. This antique sundial made by Blanchard (stamped) is something to be admired with its sheer scale. The T...
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Late 19th Century English Neoclassical Antique Sundials

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Steel

English Late 19th Century Sundial with Carved Limestone and Bronze Top
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English sundial from the late 19th century, with carved limestone and bronze top. This English sundial features an obelisk-shaped base, raised on a pyramidal plinth, with cut-off ...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Sundials

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Sandstone, Bronze

Large Armillary Sundial with Cast Iron Pedestal
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
Large Armillary Sundial with cast iron pedestal. A Victorian white painted, Cast Iron sundial pedestal. The column is cast with four eagles and leave...
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Late 19th Century Antique Sundials

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Steel, Iron

Atlas Armillary Sundial in Pewter Finish with Brass Accents
Located in Stamford, CT
The Greeks have used sundials to measure time since 100 B.C. Reminiscent of classic Greek mythology, this Atlas Armillary Sundial will demand attention, ...
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2010s Indian Sundials

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Aluminum, Brass

Weathered Brass Garden Sundial This sundial is made in Cast Brass
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Weathered Brass Garden Sundial This sundial is made in Cast Brass, it is a heavy piece, the numerals are Roman and there are also the astrological signs around the bottom A very att...
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1960s Classical Roman Vintage Sundials

Materials

Brass

Vintage Garden Armillary Sundial on Cast Corinthian Column Pedestal
Located in Elkhart, IN
A stunning vintage garden sundial on cast concrete corinthian column pedestal Circa 1980s Metal armillary, atop cast stone pedestal Measures:...
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1980s Neoclassical Vintage Sundials

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Concrete, Iron

Antique Carved York-Stone Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
Good scale, with weathered appearance. Small bronze sundial plate with gnomon. Top Diameter 35 cm Base Diameter 33 cm x 33 cm.
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19th Century Antique Sundials

Materials

Stone

Tabletop Antique Garden Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
Dating from the early 20th century, this small tabletop antique garden sundial sees a stylistically carved York stone base below a later horizon...
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Late 19th Century English Victorian Antique Sundials

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Stone, Bronze

Compton Pottery Terracotta Sundial
Located in London, GB
A fine Compton Pottery terracotta sundial with original bronze gnomon, circa 1900.
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Early 1900s Antique Sundials

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Terracotta

Antique Victorian English Medieval Styled Solid Bronze Architectural Sundial
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Presumably having English origins, this antique solid bronze sundial is ornately cast with a series of Medieval figures across the top portion and standing in the facade of an arched...
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Late 19th Century English Medieval Antique Sundials

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Bronze

19th Century York Stone Sundial with Bronze Plate
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
A good baluster shaped Yorkstone sundial with a nicely weathered finish. Measures: Base Diameter 95 cm Top Diameter 43 cm Sundial Plate Diameter 25 cm.
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Late 19th Century Antique Sundials

Materials

Stone

19th Century Solar Signal Cannon on Marble Sundial
Located in Charleston, SC
Incredibly cool 19th century solar powered signal canon marble sun dial base. This signal cannon can be set to ignite with the sun through the attached magnifying glass- which can be...
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19th Century Antique Sundials

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Marble, Iron

Rare Diminutive 18th Century Sundial Plate Signed and Dated
Located in Pease pottage, West Sussex
Rare Diminutive 18th Century slate sundial plate inscribed by the maker and the commissioner or owner of the house it was for as well as dated 1784.. Wonderful feel and patination. F...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Sundials

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Slate

Antique Portland Stone Pedestal with Bronze Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
Antique Portland Stone and Bronze Sundial. English carved Portland limestone sundial of baluster shape, fitted with its original bronze sundial plate.
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Early 20th Century Sundials

Materials

Stone, Bronze

Antique Marble and Bronze Noonday Cannon Sundial with Terracotta Pedestal
By Alexandre Louis Chevalier de Marolles de Lucé
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
An antique marble and bronze noonday cannon sundial by Louis Marie Arthur Chevalier (1830-1874). Noonday Cannon Sundial This sundial is inscribed ‘CONSTRUIT PAR ARTHUR CHEVALIER PALAIS’. It is based on a noonday cannon commissioned by the Sun King, Louis XIV, for the gardens of Versaille. This miniature bronze cannon...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Sundials

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Marble, Bronze

18th Century French Stone Sundial
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A impressive late 18th century French sandstone sundial mounted on a custom lade iron stand. The Latin numerals finely carved at both sides an...
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Late 18th Century French Neoclassical Antique Sundials

Materials

Sandstone

Bronze Sundial on Stoneware Baluster with Square Base
Located in Bloomfield Hills, MI
fleurdetroit offers for your consideration: This eternally functioning timepiece is a beautifully weathered 20th century sundial. Sitting atop a beautiful stoneware baluster, this v...
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20th Century Sundials

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Bronze

Scottish Sundial
Located in Bloomfield Hills, MI
An eternally functioning timepiece, this 19th century Scottish sundial adds a bold statement to every environment. Atop a grand sandstone pillar, thi...
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19th Century Scottish Antique Sundials

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Sandstone

Swedish Armillary Sculpture
Located in Atlanta, GA
This figural armillary of Atlas, constructed of metal with a copper numeric banding, hails from Sweden. Original matte black finish and mounted on a well-proportioned custom wooden pedestal also painted in black lacquer. It is missing one strip of numbers on the inside ring but makes a beautiful over-sized sculpture for a variety of decor styles. Please note the listing is for the sculpture only. The antique white pedestal...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Sundials

Materials

Metal

20th Century English Garden Ornament Armillary Sphere in Galvanized Metal
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage, simple yet stunning very large armillary sphere pierced with an arrow, mounted upon a three foot scrolled base, which can be additionally screwed into hardscape area as ho...
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Late 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Sundials

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Metal

English Lead Sundial On Painted Wood Base . Circa 1840
Located in Hollywood, SC
English lead sundial resting on fluted painted circular wood base. Mid 19th Century
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1840s British William IV Antique Sundials

Midcentury Outdoor Painted Iron Stool
Located in Sheffield, MA
The outdoor stool is sturdy and made of tubular iron soldered together and painted.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sundials

Materials

Iron

Italian Baluster Form Sundial in Carved Limestone
Located in Dallas, TX
Hand-carved with a baluster form column, this Italian sundial is topped by a four-ring iron armillary sphere with a lancing arrow gnomon. The robust column has multiple incuts and pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Sundials

Materials

Limestone, Metal, Iron

Reclaimed Armillary Sundial on Limestone Pedestal
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
This reclaimed armillary sundial is a handsome focal point for a walled garden or courtyard. The sundial features a steel garden armillary sphere dating from the late 20th century ab...
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Early 20th Century English Georgian Sundials

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Limestone, Steel

Antique and Vintage Sundials

Although typically decorative, antique and vintage sundials transport a guest in your home to a different era, their simple function a tether to the ancient world.

Humans have tracked time since the dawn of civilization. Before the invention of precise mechanical clocks, various materials including water and incense were used to mark the passage of time. The sundial was one of the earliest of these timekeeping devices.

The oldest known sundial dates back to 1,500 B.C. in Egypt. The very first sundials were simple stone blocks with markings and a vertical needle of wood or metal to indicate the hours with its shadow. Later Greek sundials had a gnomon parallel to the axis of the Earth. Some flat sundials from the Islamic world were directional objects for pointing the way to Mecca.

Mechanical clocks use a series of gears and springs to track time precisely; sundials rely on light and shadow. As sunlight crosses over a sundial, it casts a shadow that moves across the face of the dial as the Earth rotates.

There are now more accurate, easier and probably cooler ways to tell time, yet the sundial persists. It is not uncommon to find flat stone sundials among an assemblage of decorative elements in colorful gardens and standing sundials in expertly appointed outdoor spaces.

While garden sundials are among the most popular sundials today, sundials made of metal, stone, bronze and more can be found on 1stDibs to match any taste or setting. The collection also includes sundials of Scandinavian, British and North American origins.

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