Bronzed 30 minute hourglass

    SKU: cmcn442040

    £99.00 Members' price *


    This 30 Minute Hourglass is a faithful reproduction of an 18th century model in bronze and wood.

    Hourglasses are collectable because of their combined historical and practical value. They were used as early as the Renaissance; astronomers, mariners, and alchemists used them as well as clergymen who used it to time their sermons.

    Ships' hourglasses were timed to half hours and in addition to time-keeping were used to calculate longitude. Eight half hours made up one "watch". On half hour was called a "glass". The helmsman (who steered the ship) was responsible for turning the glass. His other duty was to strike the bell for each half hour which had passed of his watch.

    This hourglass is hand-tooled in solid brass and the glass itself is hand blown. The shape and size are exact reproductions of a French Admiralty Glass dating back to the 1800's.

    An ideal office décor accessory.


    Product code: cmcn442040
    Gift recipient: For him
    Materials: Brass, waxed wood and hand-blown glass
    Size: 13.5cm x 8cm
    Weight: 1.67kg
    Standard UK delivery: 5 working days. Overseas times may vary

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