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Vintage Anglo-Saxon Sundial Reproduction Pendant Necklace

  • $ 4850

A vintage tablet shaped sundial pendant with an attached gnomon pin. It has a Celtic knot design with flower at the top of the dial and the gnoman peg has an animal head. It is made of brass and pewter with gold and rhodium plating. It is approximately 2 inches long and is in good vintage condition. Comes with a 24 inch silver plated rope chain. Along the edges there are inscribed in Latin the words SALVS FACTORI and PAX POSSESORI, which mean "Health to my Maker" and "Peace to my Owner". This reproduction was created by Ted Arnold LTD., which was incorporated in 1964. The company is no longer active.

An interesting design and a great conversation piece. This would have been the original portable time telling instrument. A sundial is a device that measures time by using a light spot or shadow cast by the position of the sun on a reference scale. The earliest known sundials discovered in archaeological digs date from circa 1500 B.C in both ancient Egypt and Babylonia.

This type is called a peg sundial and is a replica of a 10th century Anglo-Saxon sundial which was found in 1939 in the soil of the Cloister Garth at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England. It was thought to be used by the monks to mark the hours of their services. Although it can't be said for certain, it is possible that the original sundial was owned by St. Dunstan, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury Cathedral around 970 A.D. It was used by placing the gnomon in the appropriate hole which corresponds to the current month. It is then suspended by the chain and faced toward the sun. The length of the shadow shows the current time.

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