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Mariner’s Sandglass

Mariner’s Sandglass
Mariner’s Sandglass

Mariner’s Sandglass

Ref: 3641

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An exceedingly rare late 18th/early 19th century 30-second sandglass. Small sandglasses of this type were used to estimate a ship’s speed with the aid of a log line. This is a very early example, evidenced by the glass housing constructed of two separately-blown pieces, secured together at the center. (Later sandglasses were of single-piece construction.) Measures 4.25”x2.5”. This particular sandglass was passed down through the Wyman family of Beaver River, Digby County, Nova Scotia. Ephraim Wyman arrived in Nova Scotia from Massachusetts in 1771. 

Dimensions: 4.25"x2.5"


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