Mounted on a modern iron base, having multiple vertical facets all with replacement gnomons this horological oddity most likely hails from Scotland. Though sited from the early 16th century onwards in Germany, France and the Court of Henry VIII, the majority of the extant multi-faceted dials are in Scotland.
This fine, though weathered through time, stone example has 14 sides making it a cuboctahedron; that is to say a polyhedron with eight triangular faces and six square faces, twelve sides with dials and a plain top and base. It is possible that this dial fitted between a base and a higher section or again it is possible that this example was up high with a finial atop.Circa 1720
Height 73.00 cm [2 ft 5 ins]
Width 62.00 cm [2 ft ]