Before the invention of the clock, sundials were important time pieces and every town was sure to have at least one. Sundials read apparent time and in present day mean time is more important for schedule keeping. Likewise most individuals are more concerned with the aesthetics of a custom sundial nowadays rather than with how to read a sundial; which would require taking into account the latitude, longitude, the current season and daylight savings time as well as knowing how to apply the equation of time. With all that said, we make every attempt to produce functioning sundials, but we are truly providing garden ornaments and many of our models are produced from old patterns which limit us in our level of accuracy.
Typically any of our stock sundials are accurate within 15 minutes of the hour, but day light savings must still be applied. If you require a truly accurate sundial, then one of our iron sundials with applied numerals may be the correct solution for you.
Our custom sundials are made of either Bronze or Iron. Bronze sundials are provided with a patina; choices are Statuary Bronze (a brown finish with highlights of Bronze) or a Verde Patina (which is an antique green). Both patinas are expertly applied and will maintain their finish for a long period of time. Elements on Bronze and Iron sundials may also be gilded. There is an additional charge for gilding.