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What is the function of the ceramic piece on the pump stem of an old Farberware automatic percolator? Also, how do you know if the pot has a warming element/feature?

I am in the market for an 8 cup Farberware automatic percolator and searching for a used one online. I noticed some of them have a ceramic piece wrapped around the pump stem--what is this for? I own a 4 cup FBW pot and it does not have this piece on the stem. Also I've noticed some of the listings advertise a warming feature, and some do not, but there is not a dial or setting for keep warm on any of the pots. How do you know if it has this, or do they all have it? Thanks!

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