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Sundials For Sale
Glazed Ceramic Lefco Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
A glazed ceramic garden sundial with bronze sundial plate, attributed to LEFCO (Leeds Fire Clay Company). Additional Dimensions 33.5 cm square base 25.5 cm diameter Sundial ...
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Mid-20th Century Sundials

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage Verdigris Sun Clock Armillary Sun Dial on Pedestal with Atlas Holding Th
Located in Round Top, TX
Antique garden ornament from Denmark, known as a Sun Clock or Armillary, with a cast metal figure holding spherical rings (representing Atlas holding up the world) and mounted on a p...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Sundials

Materials

Stone, Metal

Strikingly Large Black Iron and Tessellated Stone Armillary Sculpture
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Strikingly large Maitland Smith armillary on a black tessellated base. Made of solid iron, the armillary measures 39” tall on a 12.5” base. There are nine iron rings that rotate arou...
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1980s Philippine Vintage Sundials

Materials

Stone, Iron

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 Terracotta column includes a Solomo...
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Late 19th Century Antique Sundials

Materials

Steel

Antique Outdoor Armillary Garden Sculpture with Cement Base
Located in Bridgeport, CT
An exceptional Antique Armillary Sphere on cast Cement base with excellent age patina throughout. 4 pieces with the armillary fastened to the top cement platform using two screws. Th...
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19th Century American Classical Antique Sundials

Materials

Cement, Metal

Antique Large Scale Garden Armillary Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
This large scale antique armillary sundial is something to be admired by many with its sheer scale. The York Stone column includes an octagonal capital and circle base which is elega...
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Late 19th Century Antique Sundials

Materials

Stone, Steel

Limestone Garden Armillary Sundial with Carved Tassels and Floral/Foliate Motifs
Located in Dallas, TX
Hand-carved in Italy, this limestone garden armillary sundial features carved tassels and floral and foliate motifs. The wrought iron armillary has an arrow-shaped gnomon that runs t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Sundials

Materials

Limestone, Iron

Swedish Sun Dial
Located in New Orleans, LA
Atlas is supporting the universe in this classic mid-century garden ornament from Sweden. He is standing on a 20 inch iron pedestal with climbing ivy motifs on all four sides. The or...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Sundials

Materials

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 accented with a copper numeric b...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Sundials

Materials

Stone, Metal, Copper

Armillary Sundial with Carved Acanthus Leaf Decor and Wrought Iron Sphere
Located in Dallas, TX
This hand carved limestone armillary sundial with carved acanthus leaf décor and wrought iron sphere will make a grand statement in any garden. Invented by the Greeks in the third ce...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Sundials

Materials

Limestone, Iron

20th Century Concrete/Bronze Swan Sundial
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful sundial with bronze top. Garden ornament features swans along the bottom. Item dates back to the 1980s. Origin; France.
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20th Century French Sundials

Materials

Concrete, 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 and the bottom crowned by a round face rep...
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Late 18th Century French Neoclassical Antique Sundials

Materials

Sandstone

Large Carved Limestone Sundial with Wrought Iron Armillary
Located in Dallas, TX
This large limestone sundial with wrought iron armillary sphere will make a grand statement in any garden. Sometimes called an “equatorial sundial”, the armillary was invented by anc...
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2010s Italian Sundials

Materials

Limestone, Wrought Iron

Oversize Large Scale Garden Armillary
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Make a statement with this large scale iron garden sculpture or armillary with arrow and half round shape representing a part of the constellation encircling a round disc, a part of ...
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20th Century North American Industrial Sundials

Materials

Iron

Swedish Atlas Astrology Garden Armillary & Stone Pedestal
Located in Vienna, AT
A Swedish garden armillary flared base having seated on cast hard stone balustrade pedestal, 20th century.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Sundials

Materials

Multi-gemstone, Brass

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

Bronze Noonday Cannon Sundial with Terracotta Pedestal
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
The sundial plate is by Louis Marie Arthur Chevalier (1830-1874). This sundial is inscribed ‘CONSTRUIT PAR ARTHUR CHEVALIER PALAIS’. It is based on a noonday cannon commissioned b...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Sundials

Materials

Marble, Bronze

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.
Category

Early 20th Century Sundials

Materials

Stone, Bronze

Antique Decorative Marble Sundial with Bronze
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
Antique carved marble sundial. Carved marble pedestal decorated with flowers and foliage, with a limestone capital and bronze sundial. Additional dimensions Overall height 106 ...
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Mid-18th Century Antique Sundials

Materials

Limestone, Marble, Bronze

Antique Garden Sundial, English, Stone Column, Brass Dial, Victorian, Circa 1900
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique garden sundial. An English, reconstituted stone column with brass dial and gnomon, dating to the Victorian period and later, circa 1900. Delightfully weathered,...
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Late 19th Century British Antique Sundials

Materials

Stone

Rare Portuguese marble scratch sundial, late 18th Century
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Reputedly of royal provenance. The top with cherubs flanking an urn, below the dial a large palmette, on a breakfront column base.
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Late 17th Century Portuguese Other Antique Sundials

Georgian Style Armillary Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
A Georgian style garden sundial. The 20th century armillary sphere mounted upon a Georgian red sandstone column plinth. Additional dimensions: Overall height 193 cm Height o...
Category

19th Century Antique Sundials

Materials

Sandstone, Steel

Georgian Carved Stone Sundial
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
An elegant Georgian carved Sandstone Baluster shaped sundial with a slate sundial plate, signed ‘Negretti & Zambra London’. This is made from slate with a Bronze gnomon. The state ha...
Category

Late 18th Century Antique Sundials

Materials

Slate, Sandstone

Bronze Frogs on Lily Pad Sun Dial
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Bronze frogs on lily pad sun dial. 7" by 6 3/4" by 3 1/4" tall.
Category

20th Century Sundials

Materials

Bronze

Oversize Large Scale Garden Armillary
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Make a statement with this large scale steel garden armillary with arrow and half round shape representing a part of the constellation encircling a round disc, a part of the solar sy...
Category

Late 20th Century North American Industrial Sundials

Materials

Steel

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

Materials

Bronze

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

Materials

Sandstone, Bronze

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 p...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Sundials

Materials

Metal

Italian Limestone Armillary Sundial with Putti Mascarons and Octagonal Step
Located in Dallas, TX
Hand-carved in Italy, this limestone armillary sundial features an octagonal step beneath a column adorned with putti mascarons. Both the stone pedestal and the iron armillary sphere...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Sundials

Materials

Limestone, Iron

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...
Category

20th Century Sundials

Materials

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, this vintage piece boasts a bronze g...
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19th Century Scottish Antique Sundials

Materials

Sandstone

18th Century Irish Rustic Stone and Slate Sundial
Located in Woodbury, CT
This rustic sundial was hand-carved from stone and features its original and scribed slate dial plate with replaced bronze gnomon. Although the octagonal dial plate has suffered loss...
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18th Century Northern Irish Rustic Antique Sundials

Materials

Slate, Sandstone, Bronze

Rare English Atlas Fireclay Sundial by Compton Potteries
By Robert Compton Pottery
Located in Woodbury, CT
This is by far our most unusual sundial and one of our all-time favorites! Even though Atlas (who is holding the "world," bisected by the demilune bronze gnomon) has lost his head, t...
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Early 20th Century British Arts and Crafts Sundials

Materials

Bronze

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...
Category

Late 20th Century British Sundials

Materials

Metal

Vintage Mill 'Stone'
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The vintage mill 'stone' is made from cast concrete. It has the look of stone and will make a great decoration in a garden or home entrance. Diameter for the hole: 1.75".
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Early 20th Century American Country Sundials

Materials

Concrete

English Lead Sundial On Painted Wood Base . Circa 1840
Located in Charleston, 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 Great Barrington, 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

19th Century Compass Sundial, Jacque Linedal, Dieppe, France
By Jacques Linedal
Located in Milan, IT
A 19th century silvered and gilt-brass horizontal compass-sundial, signed Jacques Linedal fecit a Dieppe Lat. 49, with folding scroll support gnomon, the compass with a blued needle,...
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19th Century French Antique Sundials

Materials

Brass

Important Signed 19th Century English Stone Sundial with Provenance
Located in Woodbury, CT
Without a doubt, this is the most magnificent and important sundial we have ever owned. The 40" hi fluted octagonal pedestal is carved from a single piece of Yorkstone, lightly weath...
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Sundials

Materials

Stone, Bronze

Cast Armillary Pedestal Sundial from France
Located in Dallas, TX
This cast armillary sundial from France will make a grand statement in any garden. Invented by the Greeks in the third century BC, the original armillary spheres were earth-centric, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Sundials

Materials

Stone, Cast Stone, Iron

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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