Our wooden-boxed brass sundial is a completely self-contained portable instrument, inspired by a design from the 18th century instrument maker Peter Dollond, founder of a great optical empire.
The original is in the London Science Museum. Instruments like this were once used by explorers and navigators to tell the time anywhere in the world. For this to be possible, the gnomon, which casts the shadow, can be set for latitude on a sliding scale and the whole instrument oriented for direction by means of a magnetic compass in the base. Height adjustable legs ensure that the instrument is used upright.
Supplied in a box measuring 4" square, 2.5" tall.
We offer three UK delivery options:
Standard UK Delivery: £4.99. On this service, goods will usually arrive within 14 days of your order reaching us, and often in less than 10. (Please remember that if you posted your order it may have taken up to five days to get here).
3-Day Delivery: £6.99. This is a three-working-day (not Saturday, Sunday, or Bank Holidays) service for UK mainland and Ulster addresses, provided that you order before 1pm. Orders received after 1pm will be processed on the next working day, so take one day longer to arrive. If you require an item to be personalised, your order will be delayed by one working day.
Express Delivery: £9.99. This is a next-working-day (not Saturday, Sunday, or Bank Holidays) service for UK mainland and Ulster addresses, provided that you order before 1pm. Orders received after 1pm will be processed on the next working day, so take one day longer to arrive. Service to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Wight and other UK Islands takes two days. If you require an item to be personalised, your order will take an additional working day. Your package will arrive between 9am and 6pm (may be up to 8pm), and must be signed for on receipt, so please give an address where there will be somebody available to take delivery (perhaps a neighbour/friend, or your workplace if your employer permits this).
Delivery Information (Overseas)
We are currently unable to deliver to EU addresses due to the high and unpredictable costs, customs charges, and courier handling fees. Our other overseas delivery charges (standard service only) are:
Channel Islands (7-10 Days), £20
Rest of World. From about £50, depending on what you order. Please phone on +44 1932 235550 or e-mail us on email@example.com for a quote. Outside Europe, most orders arrive within 21 days.
VAT (sales tax) will be deducted from the listed price of your goods where applicable for customers outside the UK, including those from the Channel Islands.
I bought this as a present (I have one myself which has long been admired) It is a beautiful piece.Well made, lovely mix of wood and brass. It arrived in good time and was well packaged. Very pleased with it.
Well packaged so it was a major disappointment when opened to find that the large, inclining ring element was very badly warped. Will be returning the product when things reopen.
An extremely nice piece in good condition. Did not know however that you have to be between 0 and 60 degrees in the northern hemisphere for it to work. Still, makes a very nice piece in the room.
The description on the web site includes the phrase A spirit level and height adjustable legs ensure that the instrument is used upright. However, there is no spirit level on the product. If there is a similar model of sundial that has a spirit level within it, this difference in the features of each product should be made clear. No instructions were included and if customers are not familiar with all the features of a nautical sundial, some brief instructions would be useful with such products.
excellent product, excellent value