The renaissance of the sundial

A different approach is taken by the Orbit sundial, in which interlocking circles are suspended above a freestanding vertical steel dial. Price on application, Macmillan Hunter Sundials (0131-468 2616;

The Classic sundial, a flat, circular brass or bronze dial, with or without a motto of your choosing. From £129, Border Sundials of Abergavenny (01873 840297;

Cast in the Ironbridge Gorge, a square-disc brass sundial with your chosen inscription. £150, Robert Foster (01746 861330; 

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Joanna Migdal works to commission to produce wall dials, ring dials, metal and glass dials or what you will (01491 412962;

A vertical sundial for attachment to a south-facing wall, perhaps with the glittering addition of gilded lettering. From £500, David Brown Sundials of Somerset (01458 274841;

David Harber makes a wide range of sundials, including obelisks, armillary spheres and standing stones to commission in Oxfordshire (01235 859300;

Multitasking meets economy in this sundial glass, with the dial accurately set out on the face of a pint beer glass. £15, The SunGlass Site (01273 673511;

Charles-town Sundials of Cornwall produces a bronze disc with a decorative border and a choice
of motto. £325 (01726 882936;

A horizontal dial needs a pedestal, such as one carved from Portland stone by Harriet James in Warminster. About £1,500, Harriet James (01985 216311;

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