Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Webster Groves  

Sundial: 984
State/Province:  Missouri Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Sphere Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 38°34.932' N  90°21.651' W
Location:
  • Located on the front lawn of a private residence at 519 S. Gore St. in Webster Groves, MO, a suburb in the near western part of St. Louis. The sundial is a few feet from the sidewalk so can be readily seen without going onto the property.
 
Description:
  • The armillary sphere has three rings: (1) an equatorial time ring made of brass formed into an incomplete circular arc with a 36 inch inner diameter, a thickness of 1/2 inch, and width of 3 inches. Time markings in 15 minute intervals are inscribed on its inner surface with Arabic hour numbers; (2)a meridian ring made of steel formed into a circular arc 37 inches diameter, a thickness of 1/2 inch, and a width of 3 inches; and (3) a horizon ring made of steel into a circular arc 38 inches in diameter, with a thickness of 1/4 inch, and a width of 2 inches. The sundial is supported on a steel pedestal having an open square frustum construction. The gnomon is a steel rod having a pointed arrow tip aimed towards the North Celestial Pole.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Ms. Valerie Murray
  • Designer: William F. Turner, Jr. Tuner & Associates, 2215 Macklind, St. Louis
  • Builder: William F. Turner, Jr. and Jack Haskins (owner's son)
  • Construction Date: 10 Nov. 2018
 

Last Revised: 2019-08-31 00:32:20
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