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Hourglass
ca. 1700
Maker not marked
Italy
Wood, glass, powdered stone, paper
overall: 10-1/8"h x 3-1/8"dia
Gift of Mrs. Willis R. Michael
85.108.20

Clepsammia (thief of sand). One-hour, four-point sandclock; glass divided in four globes, each globe registers a quarter hour or "point" of sand; wood frame for glass with polychrome engraved paper decoration in red and yellow.


Interested in many types of devices that measured time, clock enthusiat and collector Willis Michael (1894-1969) owned several hourglasses. The small bulbs of this Italian hourglass measure quarter hours.