PENKNIFE DIAL . SCARPERIA . ITALY
SUNDIAL MODEL KITS (“build your own”)
SUNDIAL PUZZLE / CHALLENGE – ASSASSINS CREED
This is a speculative discovery at St Martin, Lillington, Dorset. Below 2 scratch dials at 90º on the same stone, a deep hole has been precisely drilled into the corner or vertex. With a stick (‘gnomon’) in the hole It would be capable of showing the time of day from dawn to dusk all through the year – arguably more efficient than a scratch dials. What do you reckon?
DRIFTWOOD DIAL, ABACO, BAHAMAS
Simple, free, effective, adjustable – but not hurricane-resistant (Dorian smashed it on 1.09.19, along with the whole island)
3-D PRINTED DIAL
A SLATE DIAL TO SLATE
Take one majestic ruined castle in central France (as partially restored by Viollet-le-Duc), add a cMM slate horizontal sundial of an unattractive oblong design, fix it to a medieval wall with cheap screws and… are those corks rings? Add a stubby gnomon. Decorate with a scruffy Fleur de Lys. The dial was the most prominent feature on a fine expanse of stonework. Viollet violated, perhaps.
A COMMON OR GARDEN DIAL
This is a ubiquitous mass-produced dial found in slightly different styles and colours. All are dated 1767. The date is apposite because at the start of 1767, the Gregorian calendar was 11 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localised use until 1923′. The motto, well-known in this or slightly different forms, reads Let Others Tell of Storms and Showers : I Only Count Your Sunny Hours. It’s a perfectly serviceable dial and must give pleasure to many as a garden feature. I have also found them in churchyards.