Our beautifully proportioned sandglasses add a soothingly meditative
focal point to any setting. Built of North American hardwoods by
skilled craftsmen, the cases feature elegant turned spindles, open cell
foam shock absorbers and a thick lacquer finish. These calibrated glasses
are imported from an old family business in East Anglia, England.
It is only with the
introduction of the mechanical clock that time began to be measured in
discrete units. Before the 15th century time was thought to be flowing.
That concept resulted in the clepsydra,
a type of water clock, but heat and cold rendered water unreliable as a time medium. Dried
sand passing from one container to another through a narrow aperture
was unaffected by weather, so the sandglass became the ultimate
expression of flowing time measuring a unit.
Public speeches and
sermons were the most notable events timed with a sandglass. One of the
greatest pleasures of our Puritan ancestors was the two hour Sunday
sermon. Hourglasses were placed upon the pulpit and woe betide he who
overran the two full hours. Certain of the clergy did overdo it,
however, and during the reign of Queen Victoria an eighteen minute
glass appeared in her church. Newspapers ran comments on the matter as
being a direct protest from Her Majesty at the length of the sermons.
Today, only your
imagination limits the use of sandglasses. You can use them to time
meetings, phone calls, games and cooking. Or keep one in sight to
remind you of the sweetly passing hours. Available in 9" or 12"
heights, Walnut or Cherry finish, or the Dragon Hour Glass. Our sandglasses also make a great
gift, with plenty of room on the base for your engraved message or
etched logo. Engraving or etching not provided.