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Time Glasses

The measurement of time in a glass has been a subject of interest for 6 centuries and the inspiration for many beautiful gift ideas. For 60 years Day-Impex has been manufacturing a wide variety of unmounted time glasses, hand-blown by skilled craftsmen. Many shapes, sizes, running times and colours are available in our range to suit the varied needs of manufacturers working with wood, brass, slate, plastic, acrylic and other materials.


Standard sizes can range between 32mm to 165mm diameter and overall length from 127mm to 610mm. Running times can be selected from 30 seconds up to 4 hours.

If you have a requirement or idea which is not listed in the table below, we shall be happy to provide a quotation against your sketch or specification. We can make the body of the sand timer pear-shaped, straight sided, with triple bulbs or in the traditional hourglass shape.

Our range of standard sizes:

(Dia. x Length)
Running Time
105 50mm x 127mm 30 secs to 15 mins
82 44mm x 152mm 4 to 10 mins
89 60mm x 160mm 10 to 30 mins
101 (triple bulb) 53mm x 158mm 5 mins
94 32mm x 280mm 5 to 15 mins
99 75mm x 200mm 20 to 60 mins
81 110mm x 280mm 30 to 90 mins
18 135mm x 460mm 1 to 3 hrs
24 165mm x 610mm 1 to 4 hrs

Our master craftsman has been blowing time glasses for well over 40 years.


We make the glass, you make the gift!

Natural sand is the traditional and most popular choice used to fill the time glass. Our sand is graded, washed and dried to ensure its free-flowing qualities. Glass shot ballotini filling is available in a rainbow of colours – white, green, yellow, pink, blue, mauve, orange or black.

Time in a glass

We also stock a range of small glass timers that can be made into traditional kitchen egg timers as well as game timers or anything else your imagination can create!

  • Available in a wide range of colours
  • Standard sizes are between 14-27mm in diameter
    and 65-90mm in length
  • Run times range from 3½ - 5 mins

Stand alone timer

In addition to the traditional game timer is a timer that can ‘stand alone’, meaning it is unmounted but has flat ends on which it stands.



Times gone by...

Over the past 60 years plus, Day-Impex Ltd have made time glasses for special occasions and for unique applications. Below are just a few examples.

A Gift of Time Presented to HRH Princess Margaret

In 1955, HRH Princess Margaret visited Kingston as part of her Caribbean tour. During her visit she was presented with the time glass pictured. It was manufactured in Birmingham with the unmounted glass supplied by Day-Impex Ltd and was flown especially to Jamaica as a present for Her Royal Highness.

Donation of Time Glasses to Kenya Legislative Council

In 1956, Day-Impex Ltd donated two time glasses to the Kenya Legislative Council similar to those used in the House of Commons. They were used as ‘meeting’ timers when discussing budgets. The letter pictured is the official ‘thank-you’ received from the Speaker’s Chambers, Parliament Buildings in Nairobi, Kenya.

Novelty Earrings

A novelty gift, this miniature time glass was made for a jewellery company who attached a fitting to the narrow centre to make earrings. A certain conversation starter!

Pulsotimer - Medical Application

An example of a unique application is the Pulsotimer pictured with its original packaging. This tiny time glass was manufactured by Day-Impex Ltd back in the fifties for a company called Brannan. Nurses would pin this little timer to their uniforms, once started, it would run for 15 seconds during which time pulse rate was established.

Giant Mechanical Time Clock

Commissioned by Smith of Derby, Day Impex manufactured a giant timer to be incorporated into a magnificent mechanical clock. This fantastic piece of engineering is located in the grounds of Burleigh House, Lincolnshire.

Photograph: Tristan Poyser Photography / Smith of Derby