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Hour Glass in a Leather Case
Hour Glass in a Leather Case
Hour Glass in a Leather Case
Hour Glass in a Leather Case
Hour Glass in a Leather Case

Vintage World

Hour Glass in a Leather Case

$95.00

The first hourglass or sand timer is said to be invented in the 8th century AD by a French Monk called Liutprand. By the 14th century, the hourglass was revolutionised to become a measure of time first appearing in European ship inventories. It was deemed an ideal clock for ocean travel as waves didn’t affect its accuracy.

If you think your job is boring, spare a thought for the ships Paige whose job it was to simply turn the hourglass and restart the timer onboard their assigned vessel so the Captain could record times for the ship’s log.

As monotonous as Paige’s duties may have been, the history of the hourglass is anything but boring. It is one of the most historically-rich chronometers (or time measuring devices) still used today. “Like the sands through the hourglass, so too are the Days of our Lives” has been scorched into contemporary pop culture’s vocabulary, and some of its icons like Marilyn Monroe and Kim Kardashian embody the counting instrument with their curvy ‘hourglass physiques’. After centuries service as nautical keeper and teller of time, it’s no wonder it should be such an intrinsic part of lives. Yet, more importantly, the hourglass has played a crucial role in the very founding of our modern world when it was used as a vital tool of exploration to assist those brave trailblazers who sailed the oceans discovering all corners of the world and all the strange wonders of our round planet that had previously been thought of as flat!

Vintage World’s beautiful, handcrafted, hourglasses are far removed from the common examples you find being used in the kitchen to time an egg being cooked or the board-game timer from Yahtzee or Boggle. They are a small piece of history that can rest proudly on anyone’s desk or mantelpiece. With a hand-created frame of either steel alloy or varnished wood ensconcing the bulbs of the hourglass through which the proverbial sand runs to the antique finish and nod to nautical and chronometric history the Vintage World Hourglass collection make for special and personal Objet’s de Arte, anybody with good taste would love to receive as a gift for any occasion or even as a gift for no occasion at all