Pocket sundial, Saxon, 10th century.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Pocket sundial, Saxon, 10th century.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


The original dial, of which this is a copy, was found in 1939 in the soil of the Cloister Garth at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. It was in the form of a tablet of silver, with a gold cap and chain. The gnomon consisted of a gold pin surmounted by a chased animal head with jewelled eyes and a ball in the mouth.

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