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Hour Glass




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Of the few remaining specimens of the hour-glass, a fine one is preserved in the church of St. Alban’s, Wood Street, London. It is mounted on a spiral column near the pulpit, and the minister can conveniently reach it when preaching. The frame is brass gilt, the design chaste, and the workmanshipp of a superior order. It is pleasing to learn that the old relic is guarded with zealous care. This curiosity of the olden days attracts much attention from visitors to the church.” (p. 117)

Hour glasses (giant egg-timers with sand in them) were used in churches to time the length of the sermon; long sermons were especially popular in the 17th century, and could easily stretch to three hours or more.

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55 x 88mm (2.2 x 3.5 inches)

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