Size: Table Lamp
Recorded: May, 2014
Material: Wood and Brass
Circa: 17th Century
This attractive object is an example of a fairly common device, but this particular example is odd in that it wasn’t made for practicality so much as to solve puzzles. It is functional, and could be used today for something useful.
We have better tools for this purpose today.
As displayed, the item is useless.
It’s a polyhedral sun dial, but it’s a bit weird. Found at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, it was built by Oronce Finé about 1650, and it was meant more to solve the puzzle of fitting a few dozen sun dials on one object rather than become and actual time piece.