I pick up a lot of stuff and find new uses for it and can't figure out what this might have originally been. At first, I thought it was a round bingo cage but not so sure. It's made of metal and metal mesh and has a bent latch and hinges and can be opened. It also has a metal plates with square holes on either side. I'd appreciate an identification. I've got another photo of it open. Thanks!
claypa, that's exactly what I originally thought, that there was probably a stand that was inserted into those holes in the ends for spinning. Maybe it's just an older version of the more modern bingo cages.
Johnny-come-lately to the thread here. You haven't given any measurements for the cage but if it's big, it could well have been used to roast peppers. Out here in the West, when the Hatch peppers come in, you can smell those peppers roasting for some distance. The cage is set up like a rotisserie over coals and often turned by hand. The panels inside keep the peppers turning over so they don't roast (or burn) only on one side.
I'm a little late to this post, but we use these as crab traps along the Atlantic...in fact, they are sold most everywhere along the easter coast. If you don't go crabbing, I suppose you could use it for bingo but how would you retrieve the little balls? My best alternate use would be as a flower container.