Thomas Blunt, London c1810

 

A George III, 8 inches diameter, bronze horizontal sundial engraved with the makerís name T Blunt Cornhill, London. The centre of the dial is engraved with an 8-point compass rose and the Latin motto Tempus Ager meus  (time is my field)

Thomas Blunt was apprenticed to Edward Nairne in 1760 and the two men were in partnership, trading as Nairne & Blunt, from 1774 until 1793 when the partnership ended. Blunt worked at 22 Cornhill until he died in 1823. Blunt worked with his son, also named Thomas, who worked until about 1825.

 

The dial was made for a latitude of about 51Ĺ degrees North (approx) which is the latitude of London.  The dial is graduated at 2-minute intervals between the hours of 4.00 am and 8.00 pm and is also engraved with diamond shaped half-hour markers. An inner ring is graduated in half and quarter hours.

The dial has a good dark green patination.  This is a very useable sundial as the engraved scales are still very clear and easy to read.

 

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Stock No. C1133

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