Sand glass

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from Chapel Royal, Linlithgow, West Lothian

Postcard of Sand glass.
© National Museums Scotland

Sand glass

This 17th century sand glass is from the Chapel Royal at Linlithgow in West Lothian.

The glass is contained within an oak frame. The joint in the middle of the sand glass is covered in leather and bound with twine. The duration of the falling sand is approximately 40 minutes.

The stand containing the sand glass would have been attached to a pulpit, allowing the minister to time his sermon. Many sermons lasted three hours or more.

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Online ID: 000-100-044-666-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1978.108
Date: 17th century
Material: Oak frame, light-green glass, leather, twine, light-coloured sand / wrought-iron bracket stand
Dimensions: 105 mm D x 195 mm / bracket 520 mm H
What: Sand glass / bracket stand
Subject: 20. TIME MEASUREMENT, Clocks (Departmental Classification)
Who: Sir Noel Paton Collection (Originally part of this collection)
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Linlithgow, Chapel Royal
Description: Sand-glass, with a bracket stand, made in Scotland in the seventeenth century
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