Our best hypothesis is that this was used in an upscale Parisian restaurant, to make flaming desserts at your dining table. Currently it is set up to use a propane tank as a heat source, but somehow I rather envisioned it as a powder room vanity, with an old piece of Carrara set into top. Conversely, you could also set a butcher block, or stone on top and use it was a movable kitchen island, or next to your barbeque? The options are endless, but what is constant is the fabulous look. In reference to the date listed below; it is only my best guess.