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Selected Sundials of Massachusetts

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Amherst Massachusetts USA Stonehenge Dial 523
On the fields of U-Mass is a replica of an American Indian sun-wheel. A circle 130 feet in diameter has 14 major stones weighing 56 tons, 12 minor stones, and 4 flat stones at the center. 2 major stones mark the N and S cardinal points; a pair of portal stones mark the E and W points allowing an uninterrupted view of sunrise and sunset at the equinoxes; 4 stones mark sunrise and sunset at the solstices; and 4 more stones mark the extreme northern and southern positions of moonrise and moonset. Guided presentations can be arranged by calling 413-545-4311.
 
 
Andover Massachusetts USA Armillary Dial 40
A very large and ornate armillary sphere, approximately 8 feet in diameter. Sculpted by Paul Manship in 1928 and cast by Alexis Rudier Fondeur in Paris. The armillary has large figures inside the sphere at the base and the equatorial circle has signs of the zodiac in raised metalwork. The dial sits atop a well proportioned light granite pillar that is about 3 foot high and 4 foot diameter.
 
 
Boston Massachusetts USA Vertical Decliner Dial 41
High on east facing wall of the Old State House, is a vertical declining originally built in 1713. The 6x4 foot dial is just above the third story window. Restored by R.N. Mayall in 1957. Background is faded blue. Hour lines are hard to see, but Roman numerals along edge are clearly visible. In upper left corner of dial, just above the gnomon, is a small yellow sun. No longer present; may have been removed during restoration in late 1990s. Sundial has been replaced with a clock.
 
 
Boston Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 280
A bronze horizontal dial with bronze figures of a bird with baby birds in nest and worm as gnomon.
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 45
Painted Dial
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Collection Dial 125
Harold C. Ernst Collection Ernest G. Yalden Collection
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Collection Dial 126
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 190
Approx 2' x 2' Bronze Square bronze plate, with Roman numerals, is open in the center. Gnomon extends through this open space. Dial is mounted above a window of the chapel, angled from wall face. (presumably so that it will face true South.)
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 556
A stone horizontal dial on a pedestal about 4 ft. high donated to Harvard by class of 1870.
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 557
A well-patinaed horizontal bronze dial on a stone pillar.
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Polar Dial 725
A small polar dial with Arabic numerals for EST and EDST