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And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon
The golden apples of the sun.




This beautiful brass armillary features the bands of the Solstice, the Tropics, the Equinox, the Equator with mounted Roman numerals to indicate the time, the Ecliptic marked with the signs of the Zodiac, an arrow gnomon fitted with a central orb to mark the changing of the  seasons, and a stanchion displaying the moon.

Sphere diameter: 15 in. (380mm)


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   Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you




An impressive armillary constructed of bronze, weathered to a rich antique patina. The band of the Equator displays fitted Roman numerals  which add to its remarkable solidity and remain easy to read even when the bronze has  become stained with age. Other features  include the Colures of the Equinox and Solstice, the band of the Ecliptic, and the rings of the Tropics. The gnomon arrow bears a central orb marking the changing seasons.

Available in two sizes
Sphere diameter: 15in. (380mm)

Sphere diameter: 18 in. (460mm)

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Sol splendit omnibus

These quality bronze armillaries
  make fine family heirlooms




This very special bronze armillary has been modelled on a three hundred year old Celestial Sphere constructed in the traditional manner.  The pivoting globe is mounted on “Taurean  Horns” with a fixed horizon, readily adjustable for latitude. It features the bands of the Solstice, the Ecliptic, the Tropics, and the Equator with fitted Roman numerals. the bronze is weathered to a rich antique sheen.

Available in two sizes
Overall width: 17.5 in. (445mm)

Overall width: 20 in. (508mm)

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Nae man can tether time or tide





Elegantly proportioned, the all bronze Solstice features the Colures of the Solstice, the Equinox, and the Equator with mounted Roman numerals. A stanchion holds a central orb that is pierced  by the arrow. The orb also marks the changing of the seasons.

Sphere diameter: 20 in. (508mm)


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       The hour is but a shadow,
           and the shadow walks in light





Many people prefer clean uncluttered lines, and the Apollo is appreciated for its uncomplicated appearance. All-brass, it has the basic four rings of the Solstice, the Equinox, the Horizon, and the Equator with fitted Roman numerals.

Sphere diameter: 15 in. (380mm)


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Dum loquimur fugerit invida aetas




A very impressive all-bronze armillary with an open Equatorial design which makes the time  shadow easier to see on the raised Roman numerals. Draco is named after the northern  constellation which partially surrounds the North Star, at which the gnomon should point. Toned  to a rich antique patina.

Overall width: 17 in. (430mm)


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The seasons dance to the rhythm of time





Copper-bronze and brass; this beautiful bi-metal armillary is readily adjustable for use in any northern latitude. The horizon can be adjusted separately, secured by two “Mandala” flowers. The band of the Equator is fitted with mounted Roman numerals.

Sphere diameter: 13 in. (330mm)


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   The sun rises in golden glory, and shines for all



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In appearance an ageless antique timepiece, this unusual sundial makes use of bronze combined with matching brass. The elegant  10 inch (255mm) armillary sphere is pivoted between two supporting “Capricornian Horns” The time band displays engraved Roman numerals.

Overall width: 14.5 in. (370mm)


   Thou by thy dial’s shady stealth mayst know
         time’s thievish progress to eternity





A handsome bronze armillary that has been weathered to a rich antique patina. It has an open Equator, and is augmented by the addition of a full Solstitial Colure and a band indicating the Horizon, adjustable for use in any northern latitude.

Overall width: 17 in. (430mm)


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  Time flies like the wandering swan

Engraved Taurus


Brass and bronze are both excellent for engraving.
The full globe armillaries offer an ideal surface for your personal message; along the top facing side of the equatorial band. In the case of the TAURUS, the fixed horizon will also make an ideal horizontal surface for engraving.

As an alternative from engraving the sundial itself, a separate brass plaque can usually be fixed to, or near the top of the pedestal to provide a fine alternative.

Guide price for an inscription:

                                 from £55.00

Bronze armillaries normally have an antique appearance. Brass armillaries
 can also be given a weathered appearance if required, no extra charge.

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