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Antique Stained Glass Sundials
|| 3/27/2008 || 3:27 pm || 2 Comments Rendered || ||


Over the years I’ve become a fan of the concept of time in all shapes and forms. Last weekend I found this link to one of the most comprehensive on-line listings of antique stained glass sundials. I found myself looking through nearly all of them.

Latin mottos can be found on many as a decorative element. The choice of words is what piqued my curiosity the most. Why were those words chosen? I picked the two sundials in this posting because I enjoyed their Latin motto’s most.

The Goldfinch Dial:
Vesper In Ambiguo Est = The Evening is uncertain
Age(N)Dum = Come Now!
Mora Noxia = Delay is harmful
Cras Nil = Tomorrow is nothing

What I discovered today was that the “New Blaeu” map I recently had printed uses Ovid’s text in the same way that the Nun Appleton sundial uses. They were made around the same time too, but in different countries. Quite cool.

Click to be taken to the interactive version of the map:

Poma dat Autumnus, Formosa est messibus Aestas, Ver praebet fores, Igne levatur hiems.
Autumn gives fruits, Summer fair with corn appears, Spring bestows flowers, Winter fire cheers.

The seasonal sequence in the image above is Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. Ovid’s prose from “Remedia Amoris / The Cure For Love” puts the four seasons in reverse order.

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Last edited by Nikolas Schiller on 10/7/2009 at 12:43 pm



  1. These are the most beautiful sundials I have ever seen. The Goldfinch dial is very impressive. The image depicting the different seasons is too good. You have taken us back to that beautiful era. Thanks for sharing these wonderful images.

    Comment by Stained Glass — 4/4/2008 @ 12:27 am

  2. Antique stained-glass sundials…

    Antique stained-glass sundials…….

    Trackback by Particles — 4/5/2008 @ 4:48 pm

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