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You have got a interesting staff there. I always pick things related to bottles like stoppers, openers, embossed metal sheeds or plates .. also now and then fragments as a documentation.
Insulators too.
I started the last year a collection of cans too with the old ones I find out there.(a hundred years old) They are completely rusty warped but I'm repairing them.
My advice is classify your item so you'll have different collections.
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I saw in the description of a similar one that it is metal with a glass or fiberglass lining, kind of like the large 1950s drink holders made for camping. My guess is the base in the OPs pic rusted right off the body.
 

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Some Interesting Junk. But sometimes what you think might be Junk may be Valuable. The white Porcelin Beer Stopper can sometimes be valuable with certain Brewery names printed on top of them. I find & keep all kinds off odd stuff. Doll heads or parts can be creepy though. LEON.View attachment 203593
Oh that’s awesome I’ve found two before as well this one being particularly creepy haha those are one of my fav things to find actually lol. Yours might have mine beat in the scary department! Oh cool yea the beer toppers are pretty cool I think I have three all together it’s weird you would think you’d find more..
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I keep that sort of stuff too, even if most of it isn't worth anything it's still interesting. If you didn't already know, your blue ceramic thing is called a radio strain insulator. They come in all sorts of different colours, in both glass and porcelain. Also looks like you found Casper the Friendly Ghost, that must be from pretty early in the character's history!

I didn’t know it was an insulator that’s awesome thank you! Yea when I found it it had longggg wire pieces attached that I had to cut offI coulnt figure out what it was so thanks! Yea you know it’s funny why I keep those. Every time I find a hand, leg, head, etc.... later maybe days or weeks between digs, I’ll find it’s other missing parts. Not always but sometimes. Like the one baby doll head in the picture I have it’s body which comes with its legs attached and one arm and with its head all I need is to find it’s other arm and I’ve got the whole piece! It appears to pop in some how. Seems weird with porcelain. Says japan on the back so idk but it’s cool!
 

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Heck I keep anything. I even do it when I'm metal detecting, I'll find something old, but junk, and still keep it anyway.

I'm a hoarder, lol!

That blue insulator is wild, I've never seen one like that before.
Yea it’s so hard to throw stuff that you find in the dirt... away! Lol like if you saw it in a antiques shop for dirt cheap or it was given to you by a stranger it woulnt mean much and you probably could easily throw it away but since YOU found it...I don’t know it just makes it valuable to you. At least with me lol. I found that blue insulator first as a half piece I had no idea what it was or that it was even half of what it was supposed to be. Like 3 months later I found another one (the one in the pic) and knew that the first one must have been broken but still had no idea what it was haha it had longggg wires going through it that I had to cut.
 

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I put all my doll parts in museum specimen jars and put them out at Halloween. Also strung some of them up to hang at Halloween.
Dannnng what a cool idea! I should do that with my baby doll heads. I have one that’s particularly scary!
 

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Nice! The last pic is the spring unit for an early Lionel or Marx wind up train. Whats the Universal item in the first pic?View attachment 203631View attachment 203632
Wow that’s so cool!!!! So what my piece would go on the back? Or am I totally missing what your saying lol. Uh to be honest I really have no clue what it is. Looks like the lid of something. If I find metal with words I automatically bring it home to scrub with a Brillo pad (the soap ones work absolutely amazing on rust) just so I can see what it says. I kept it because it had a bunch of dates on it hoping one day to find out what it was at one point I’ll get you some more pictures if that helps.
 

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