Hyde Park Authentic Garden Armillary Sphere
The best armillary I've seen for the price!
My review stands in diametric opposition to the others I've read on this site; however, my expectations were different. I would not have purchased this item if it DIDN'T rust. I have created a garden in the manner of an old English estate rose garden, and I would not feature new ornamentations or a newly painted armillary, because such things would not suit the natural, age-old feel of my property. Although formal, my house is limestone, and outdoor fixtures are antique. This armillary is the focal point of the Lily Garden, and it has weathered (yes, RUSTED) into a beautiful, authentic looking treasure that we can actually use to tell time!
If it's an armillary sphere you're after, look around, and you'll see how the one offered here at this price is patently unbeatable!
July 21, 2013
A rare miss for this catalog, the rust began within days. It also struck me as unusual that a product advertised as at least roughly replicating a 4th century artifact would not include a brief pamplet summarizing the history and offering a few setup instructions (a few trial and error attempts did not suggest this would spring full blown to my intuition). Ultimately, though, what use is a sun-driven timepiece that can't be left in the sun?
June 24, 2013
this product rusts immediately and parts fall off easily
I have purchased many items from Design Tuscano. This is the first Time I have been disappointed. Apon assembly the feather and pointer of the arrow kept falling off. They would have been better served if they were made to skrew on. The whole thing began rusting within 2 days out in the garden. a protective coating would have been helpful.
September 10, 2012
Awesome product for the price
This is a beautiful armillary made of cast iron. The paint that is on it is insufficient to keep it from rusting, so I recommend painting it when you get it with a good rust preventing paint like Rustoleum.
My gardener accidentially knocked it over and one of the pieces broke. Design Toscano was awesome and sent me a replacement for free....really great customer service.
May 22, 2012
Beautiful, Rusts Immediately
I absolutely loved this, bought it while my house was being painted and worked on, finally put it together and set it outside. It IMMEDIATELY began to rust. The description said it was made out of Foundry Iron that outperforms aluminum. Well, aluminum doesn't rust like that. It appears to be where the parts connect, so I would guess something underneath is not of this material. This is a lot of money, and it does show it outside in a garden. Only suitable for areas not in the rain. Extremely disappointed. This thing is too heavy to pack up and send back.
November 7, 2011