Prussia Sundial Ring Pendants
To understand more details about renaissance sundial ring from the year 1704, you should be familiar with the place where this sundial was designed and created. We have to go back to the history of Saxony, Germany. The Saxony, sometimes referred to as Upper Saxony, was a State of the Holy Roman Empire. At the time, Frederick Augustus I was the Elector of Saxony.
Frederick Augustus I
Frederick Augustus I (1670-1733) had great physical strength which earned him nicknames like "the Strong," "the Saxon Hercules" and "Iron-Hand." He liked to show that he lived up to his name by breaking horseshoes with his bare hands and engaging in "fox tossing" with “a single finger.”
As Elector of Saxony, Frederick Augustus I is perhaps best remembered as a patron of the arts and architecture. He established the Saxon capital of Dresden as a major cultural centre, attracting artists and musicians from across Europe to his court. Frederick Augustus I also amassed an impressive art collection and built fantastic baroque palaces in Dresden and Warsaw.
This sundial is designed and calibrated for 51 degrees latitude, the latitude of the city of Dresden. In Frederick's time, Dresden was a major centre for artists and artisans. Our 1704 sundial is modeled on a sundial designed by a jeweler in or around Dresden, from the year 1704. This unique sundial is unlike any of our other sundial pendants. We hope that it will appeal to your historical sense of time and place, just as it does for us.