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Sundials and Armillary Spheres

Sundials were used to tell the time in the days before clocks and watches. Nowadays they make lovely garden decorations. We have many designs available, whether you are looking for a traditional and modern sundial. Based in Shropshire, UK often have sundials for sale in our showroom, while our full range is shown here.

Like a sundial, an armillary sphere is an ancient way of monitoring the movement of celestial objects. An armillary typically has the earth at the centre with hoops and bands around it representing the cycles of the heavens. They are ideal as a focal point in the garden and suited to both formal and natural planting schemes.

For ornamental use only.

For advice and inspiration, please see the following links:

General Care & Maintenance

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    The Four Seasons Sundial finished in a verdigris finish, showing all four seasonal quarters with roman numerals, space available for engraving.

    Click here to purchase your sundial column.


    Only 1 remaining available

    Product Code: HS001/V
    Dimensions & Specification
    197mm (7.8")
    197mm (7.8")
    *All dimensions are approximate.
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    Product Code: HS104/PBL
    Dimensions & Specification
    120mm (4¾")
    *All dimensions are approximate.
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    Finished in a beautiful rustic metal, this captivating armillary combines a contemporary rustic aesthetic and historic design to create a modern replica of its ancient relatives. Fitted to a sturdy square plinth that has been specially weighted to withstand most weather conditions, this armillary can either stand alone or be fitted to a column for added security benefits. This piece has been designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and will age and weather naturally without protection, as intended.

    Normal Price: £160.00

    Special Price: 130 £130.00

    Product Code: HS041
    Dimensions & Specification
    642mm (25’’)
    440mm (17’’)
    260mm (10¼’’)
    754mm (29’’)
    *All dimensions are approximate.
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    Here at Black Country Metal Works, this is our personal favourite. It is more expensive than other options we offer, but its visually impactful quality and craftsmanship is second to none. The main band has being carefully engraved to show traditional Roman numerals and the brass rings have been notched and patterned to include all the time lines. Everyone who has purchased this armillary has been completely delighted with it!

    “This Armillary has my personal stamp of approval and I hope you find it to be as stunning as I’ve promised" - Clive Knowles, Managing director

    Please not that this column must be purchased separately.  Click here to view our range of columns.


    Product Code: HS079/PBL
    Dimensions & Specification
    570mm (24½")
    490mm (19½’’)
    150mm (6")
    790mm (31⅛")
    *All dimensions are approximate.
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    Featuring compass point design with weather verse around the edge.
    Finish shown is polished brass.
    The Compass Point Sundial has a classic look and will give years of service.

    Price is for sundial only. Click here to purchase your sundial column. 


    Product Code: HS025/PBL
    Dimensions & Specification
    180mm (7")
    *All dimensions are approximate.
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    The Serpent Armillary, this is an armillary that certainly belongs in a garden or terrace of discernable quality. It is the biggest and heaviest armillary that we have ever created, and is quite awe inspiring to see.

    It features the neck and head of a serpent about to strike its prey, which curves at the top of the armillary, whilst the arrow which passes through the middle of the armillary has a very finely detailed head and flight. Ornate decoration and classic roman numerals complete the design.

    Price is for Armillary Sundial only! Click here to purchase your armillary sundial column.


    Only 1 remaining available

    Product Code: HS080/B/L
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    *All dimensions are approximate.
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    Simply stunning this classical garden armillary has been finished in a wonderful antique silver. Exquisite in detail the armillary sundial features charmingly traditional roman numerals, each of which has been engraved by hand and highlighted with a midnight black infill. A majestic feature for any outdoor space armillaries are a delightfully historic form of telling the time, similar to a sundials this is done using the shadows created by the sun. Beautifully unique the more contemporary silver finish of the piece lends an enchanting sense of individuality to your garden or grounds.

    Product Code: HS045/AS
    Dimensions & Specification
    (to top of globe): 368mm (14½")
    (arrow): 533mm (21")
    (globe): 297mm (11")
    135mm (5⅓")
    90mm (3½")
    *All dimensions are approximate.
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    Solid polished brass dial with a cat theme using the cat's tail as the gnomon.
    Another Lumley design, with mice being scattered across the compass.

    This lovely Brass Feline Sundial is a must for all cat lovers!

    Price is for sundial only! Click here to purchase your sundial column.


    Product Code: HS034/PBL
    Dimensions & Specification
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    The genuine article, an armillary made from wrought iron and antiqued in our own special finish.

    This really does provide a beautiful statement in your garden. This Armillary has been weighted so that it doesn’t fall over in the wind, like many cheaper alternatives. However we still recommend using mastic or all weather adhesive to secure the item to your column or chosen surface. 

    We also recommend either a light oiling every season or the use of a recommended metal paint like hammerite. Ours are painted to provide a very rustic aged appearance.

    "If it was my choice I would suggest leaving your Armillary to age naturally."

    Clive Knowles (Managing Director)


    Product Code: HS040
    Dimensions & Specification
    773mm (30")
    712mm (28”)
    457mm (18”)
    215mm (8½")
    *All dimensions are approximate.
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    This polished Brass Hummingbird Sundial is cast from solid brass. An attractive decorative sundial with a Hummingbird motif featured and a polished finished.

    Price is for sundial only! Click here to purchase your sundial column.


    Product Code: HS093/PBL
    Dimensions & Specification
    *All dimensions are approximate.
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