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Hourglass or sand timer

Probably England



4-1/2 x 2-7/8 in (dia)


Mahogany (possibly walnut), glass, sand

Credit Line

Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of H. Rodney Sharp

Accession Number



A "T" has been carved into one end.

Condition Notes

One end of the wood case has split along the grain through the holes made for the posts.  Both splits are glued.


Ex coll. H. Rodney Sharp


Hour glasses were well-known in early America and Europe, both as time keepers and as symbols of the passage of time.  This little timer has the requisite double-bulb glass containing fine sand.  It takes about 45 seconds for the sand to pass from the upper bulb through the necked opening to the lower.  Its practical use is unknown. 

There are few indicators of when and where this hourglass might have been made.