Please help ID a brass thing

blobbottlebob

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You guys have never let me down yet! There is always somebody that knows something about every weird find I post up here. I fear that today may end this streak.

This little brass item came out of a lake. It stands about 2 & 1/8 inches tall (maybe 2 inches wide). It has male threads on the top. It is amphora or urn shaped. The top is just small enough that a quarter does not fall in.

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As you can tell from the pictures, the brass finish is all mottled. It is possible that this was originally chrome plated and the water ate the finish . . .

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Unfortunately, there are no markings on the piece. It is not stamped in any way. Here's the bottom. In this shot, you can see how there are three very accurately carved grooves in the metal that are slightly thinner than the rest of the container. Its possible that there were little straps that held this to something else???

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It is also surprisingly heavy. It weighs about two ounces (and its little). Here is a pic looking down into the mouth. With those threads on top, it is possible that this is a piece of a larger object. However, the threads may have simply been designed for a lid??

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Nifty grab, Bob!! It has a gorgeous patina, whether we can thank Neptune for that or not I have no clue.. a bit small for ashes, unless it was someone's beloved pet hamster.. [;)]
 

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