it looks like something you put in the fireplace or something you can heat things on - maybe?...
Toaster/shoe or mitten warmer!?
it looks a lot like a tomato server my cousin got as a wedding gift. not really sure why it would have legs though.
I vote for toaster. The semicircular part in the legs is interesting.
thanks so much for the input guys, I may go with the mitten warmer/toaster.