I suspect this is a symbol of something, but I don’t know what and the internet has so far failed me in finding out. Do any of my readers know? On Downton Abbey, they have a big one in the garden (which no one seems to have taken a screenshot of, come on, internet people!). I picked mine up for 1 euro in Dusseldorf last year and it’s only about 2 inches high or so. Any ideas?
UPDATE: It appears to be an Armillary sphere. I’d never heard of them before, but mine looks like an Armillary sundial with the dial bit missing. I still like it though. Thanks to Daniel for the info!