‘FIVE GOLLLD RINNGS’- you know we ALL love singing that line! In tribute to the gold rings we would like to show off a gold ring of a different sort, this gorgeous traveller’s sun dial:
Okay, so this isn’t made of gold, it is made of brass, but is very old, dating from the mid-18th century, made by T.W. Proctor. This portable sun dial, about bracelet size, would have been used before mechanical clocks and watches were common. This type of traveller’s ring sun dial would have been is hung by a thread from the small loop on the outside and a tiny hole in the ring would have allowed a beam of sun to shine through on to the numerals on the inner side of the ring, thus the time is read from the altitude of the sun. Nifty huh?!?