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About our dials
For over 50 years we have been crafting our sundials as Shakespeare wrote in Henry VI, "quaintly, point by point." Each design is individually cast using the traditional sand mold process and then hand polished and buffed.

You'll find that most of our sundials are horizontal or "garden sundials" which look beautiful either on a cast pedestal as a courtyard centerpiece or on an airy wrought iron base set deep in a garden.

Uniqueness is the key at Rome. With the largest selection of sundial designs in the US it's bound to seem a little overwhelming to make a decision, but let the decision process get narrowed down by thinking of our dials in terms of theme, material & price point.

From the whimsical to stately, the reflective to inspiring - there's something for everyone. With the exception of a few antique reproductions, our sundials are original designs that you'll never see from other companies. You can also feel comfortable purchasing Rome sundials as we do not sell to the Sprawl Marts of the world. Our focus as always is on garden centers and specialty gift shops.

Most of our sundials are cast in solid brass which we feel is the perfect medium as it's heirloom level medium which may be passed down generation to generation. In addition, we offer some designs in cast iron.

Most every sundial we manufacture is designed to mount on our over 20 different pedestal bases. The bases make an attractive and easy way to set your dial in the yard or garden and are available at a wide range of prices and styles from ornate to minimalist. If your customer does not use a Rome pedestal, other good suggestions include placing the dial on a tree stump, log, concrete or stone base.

Brass Sundials

We choose brass for the majority of our sundial designs
because it's a material without compromise. As with bronze,
brass is a favored medium by artisans throughout the world.
For a moderate price, brass gives us an heirloom quality
sundial that we can trust will last for centuries. Naturally
non-rusting, brass requires no upkeep. Simply let it age
gracefully in the garden where it will, overtime, develop a
lovely patina finish.

Most of our brass designs have a two-toned finished with
polished brass highlights over a darker patina background.
This gives the sundial an aged look with a hint of sparkles
from the polished areas.





#1920 Brass Zodiac Sundial
(10" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris patina
A Rome classic is back. We first designed the Zodiac sundial back in the early 1970s. At that time it was cast in zinc with a brass plating. 40 years after the first introduction we're pleased to bring it back in a glorious cast solid brass. The finish has a beautiful hand rubbed aged patina which will only age more gracefully over time. The brass zodiac is our largest garden sundial at 13 3/8" diameter. Original design by Rome.

Fits all Rome sundial bases.

 

#2302 Brass Flowers Sundial
(10" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
A bouquet of welcoming chrysanthemums adorns this beautiful brass sundial. The mottoe, "Flowers are lovely, love is flowerlike" was written by the 18th century English romantic poet, S.T. Coleridge. The gnomon is an unobtrusive brass rod with finial.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2302 flowers sundial
 

#2303 Brass Happiness Sundial
(10" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
"The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here" reads the life affirming mottoe on this sundial. The words are enveloped by a block print style floral design that gives a traditional feeling to the sundial. The bold yet simple gnomon is a tasteful complement to the dial face. Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2303 happiness sundial
 

#2304 Brass Rosette Sundial
(10½" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
"I am silent without the sun," reads the mottoe on Rome's strikingly elegant solid brass Rosette sundial. The ornamentation and fine detailing pay reverence to European gothic design; while a bold polished gnomon shoots skyward.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2304 rosette sundial
 

#2306 Brass Grapevine Sundial
(7½" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
Delicate grapevines with ripe fruit make up the artwork on this wine themed sundial. Hand cast in solid brass.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2306 grapevine sundial
  #2307 Brass Kiss Of The Sun Sundial
(10" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
This dial is inscribed with Dorothy Frances Gurney's cherished poem, "The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth." A fitting sundial for the gardener. Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2307 kiss of the sun dial
 

#2308 Brass Grow Old With Me Sundial
(10" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
Robert Browning's poem "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be" is probably the most loved quotation that we use on sundials. This polished brass sundial has a knot work design and a beautiful Irish claddagh centerpiece, which symbolizes everlasting love. A great anniversary or wedding gift.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases
The mottoe with a different design is available on sundials ,#2550 and #2560.

Rome's #2308 grow old with me dial
  #2309 Brass Modern Times Sundial
(10" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
Crisp and clean with a noticeable nod to 50s futurism on this distinctive brass sundial.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

#2310 Brass Roman Sundial
(8" diameter) solid brass w/light verdi highlights
A traditional brass sundial which features a simple compass rose in the centerpiece. The perfect design for those looking for a smaller solid brass sundial. Handrubbed patina finish on solid brass. Fits all Rome sundial pedestal bases, but looks best on #B109 and #B80 styles. Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

 

#2311 Brass Gothic Sundial
(8½" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
This ornately designed sundial features a mystery and emotion indicative of the gothic design style. The solid brass casting and hand-rubbed patina is perfectly suited for the richness of this traditional European horizontal sundial. Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

 

#2312 Brass Moon & Stars Sundial
(8½" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
Although the sun marks time, we cannot forget its partner, the moon. "I mark time from morning 'til moonlight." is the mottoe on this solid brass design.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2312 moon & stars dial
 

#2314 Brass Nautical Sundial
(8½" diameter) solid polished brass
A classic compass rose centerpiece with sea serpent gnomon gives this dial a real nautical feeling. The polished solid brass dial features the mottoe, "Count only sunny hours."
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2314 nautical sundial
 

#2316 Brass Cherub Sundial
(10" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
Sweet cherubs hover in the heavens on this dial. Made from solid brass and a perfect choice for weddings, anniversaries and Valentine's Day.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2316 cherub sundial
 

#2318 Brass Butterfly Sundial
(9" diagonal) solid antique brass
Butterflies, dragonflies, bees and spiders are all friends on this brass sundial. A beautiful butterfly gnomon really enhances the theme.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

 

Rome's #2318 butterfl;y sundial
 

#2320 Rose Sundial
(9 1/4" diagonal) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
A charming octagonal design with a detailed rose focal point. Mottoe reads: "Take time to smell the roses."
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2320 rose sundial
 

#2322 Brass Birdbath Sundial
(8¾" diameter. 1" depth) solid antique brass
A whimsical bird serves as the gnomon on this solid brass birdbath sundial.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2322 birdbath sundial
 

#2325 Brass Gardeners Reflection Sundial
(10" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
This solid brass sundial featuring a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, truly speaks to the soul about what it means to be a gardener. "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2325 gardeners reflection
 

#2329 Brass Thoreau Sundial
(8½" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
Perfect for the north woods cottage, this solid brass design features a noble owl surrounded by pinecones. Thoreau penned the mottoe, "Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads". Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2329 thoreau sundial
 

#2337 Season Cycle Sundial
(10½" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
Matched with a Rome column pedestal, the Season Cycle sundial makes the perfect centerpiece in an herb knot garden. A lovely art nouveau floral center is enveloped by the words, "For every time there is a season, a time to plant, a time to harvest."
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

 

#2338 Brass Swan Sundial
(10" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
The solid brass design is based on the Art Nouveau tile, Swans and Iris by 19th century British artist, Walter Crane. Features a beautiful gnomon with cattails rising from the water.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2338 swan sundial
 

#2340 Brass Angel Sundial
(9¾" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
A strong gothic cathedral influence is evident in this sundial with angels looking towards the heavens. Inscription reads, "Light is the shadow of God."
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2340 angel sundial
 

#2345 Brass Father Time Sundial
(11½" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
A classic sundial with Browning's popular poem, "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be." Designed faithfully reproduced from an early 1900s antique sundial.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases
This sundial is also available in polished solid brass #2330, cast iron #2550
The mottoe with a different design is available on sundials #2308 and #2560.

Rome's #2345 father time sundial
 

#2370 Brass Sunrise - Sunset Sundial
(8½" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
Inspired by "Fiddler on the Roof," this sundial is the perfect gift to mark a wedding or anniversary.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2370 sunrise~sunset sundial
 

#2375 Brass Romanesque Sundial
(9 1/2" diagonal) solid brass w/verdigris patina
"Amidst the flowers, I tell the hours" reads the mottoe on this traditional European sundial. The Romanesque design contributes to its graceful style.
Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

Rome's #2375 romanesque sundial

#2378 Brass Peace Dove Sundial
(8½" diameter) solid brass w/verdigris highlights
An iconic peace dove is the main visual element on this beautiful solid brass sundial design. The inscription reads, "Welcome to the garden of peace." 11" diameter. This dial has a hand rubbed patina finish. Original design by Rome.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases

 

#2390 Brass Classic Octagonal Sundial
(11" corner to corner) solid polished brass
Until the last century most sundials had mottoes in Latin. Staying true to this tradition, we offer the "Tempus Fugit" (Time Flies) dial. Faithfully reproduced from an antique circa 1920s.

Fits All Rome Sundial Pedestal Bases
The mottoe with a different design is available on sundial #2520

Rome's #2390 octagonal sundial
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