Upon first glance, the Item in question appeared thusly: a spherical frame of some neglected and tarnished metal, bearing a strip of equally neglected and yellowed paper. Inside said frame, there appeared to be a ball, covered in such paper as to be a match for the band on the frame.
As this discovery followed promptly on the heels of a conversation in which we were lamenting "the difficulties of being a scavenger in Toronto" (due to the widespread pestilence of bedbugs) one can imagine our delight at being thus Corrected by the Universe.
Further investigation of the Ignoble Cardboard Box produced the remaining pieces of what was, most likely (Your Author does remain in Doubt on this matter), an Astrological Globe.
( Evidence for your examination: )
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