Escorial Sundial


A sundial is a device that tells the time of day using sunlight and the apparent position of the Sun in the sky. Typically, a sundial consists of a flat plate (the dial) and a "gnomon", which casts a shadow onto the dial. As the Sun appears to move across the sky, the shadow aligns with different hour-lines, which are marked on the dial to indicate the time of day.

This particular reproduction is modelled on a book, perhaps one found in the El Escorial, the historical residence of the King of Spain. It is lined with genuine cowhide and features wood and brass plate accents. The inside compass is finely decorated with astronomical numbers and signs.

Handmade in Spain and fashioned out of wood, brass, and leather, the sundial also includes a booklet on its history and usage instructions.

Size: The Equatorial Sundial spans approximately 2 x 4 x 7 cm (0.79 x 1.57 x 2.76 inches).