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Hourglass, Monumental Proportions
Eighteenth century
Height: 10 3/8-inches, diameter: 7-inches

A rarely encountered large example with clear blown glass bulbs blown in two sections; timer housed within walnut stand having turned ends joined by four baluster, elongated-ball, and ring turned columns. As expected, the ends display a few tight shrinkage fissures in; one with a very old, and clever wood fill, otherwise excellent condition.



Paint Decorated
19th Century

The bulb blown in one piece with a hole at one end for filling with sand.
Each of the four molded spindles joining the round endplates is ribbed.
Yellow and green decoration against a very dark ground over red on endplates and spindles. (Height: 8 5/8-inches.)



Hourglass, Odd Fellows
Carved, painted, and Gilded
Late 19th Century

The robust ring and vase spindles are joined by molded endplates; top plate with incised concentric rings. Original surface with some paint loss as depicted.
(Height: 8.75 inches; diameter: 6 inches.)



Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes

Hourglass With Storage Tin
Nineteenth Century
Original Paint - SOLD

As depicted, five turned, incised and tapering spindles joining the round endplates that are made of pine. The one piece bulb is intact; wire was added insuring the integrity of the frame...probably because the owner was concerned with shrinking spindles. The sheet iron canister in great old paint appears to have been made for this sandglass. (Height: 7.25 inches; diameter: 3.75 inches.)

661-19 - SOLD

Sandglass Timer
Eighteenth Century - SOLD

This unusually small example with its bulb blown in two sections has been keeping time for hundreds of years, and is among the few to survive intact from this early period. This sand-glass is enclosed within a frame that remains in original surface; upper and lower plates appear to be oak with the carved half-round spindles being pine. (Height: 5 inches; diameter: 2.75 inches.)

661-18 - SOLD

Hourglass, Sand Timer
19th Century with black painted frame - SOLD

Dimensions: 7.25" H; 3.5" diameter.

843-95 - SOLD

Hourglass Timer
Clear Blown One-Piece Bulb
Carved Frame - SOLD

As depicted, a large timer secured between endplates carved of pine and joined by carved oak spindles. (Height: 9.5 inches; diameter: 6.25 inches.)

661-20 - SOLD

If you are interested in buying any of these items, please call (978) 597-8084 or email David Hillier at or Lynn Morin at

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