For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of trading in antiques, collectibles etc is photographing them. This is a Hemingray Number 45 glass insulator. Millions were produced for long distance telephone lines from 1938-1960. They’re not highly sought after, or worth a great deal; collectibility is often about rarity, and too many were made.
Form not only served function beautifully in this design, but held its own in a way we’d consider indulgent, wasteful now. I wonder how many of today’s similarly utilitarian components, packaging products etc will survive this long, be considered lovely art objects one day.