Dan's father created this combination water pump plant stand for his mother a long time ago. It's a combination of salvaged metal parts that he always had laying about and the water pump may well have been from his mother's childhood home. I'm estimating he put it together for her in the mid to late 70's. It moved around in their home many times with various plants and the last time we visited her at the farm she insisted I take it with me.
The dark green wasn't going to work for me so Dan wanted to clean it before it got a new paint job. He found a total of 7 different colors on it. We have a small sandblaster that he did some of the clean up with and sanded the rest. I wanted to be able to read the wording on the pump again.
Barnes Mfg. Co. Mansfield Ohio
After it was painted we gave it a few days to harden off before bringing it in.
Dan estimates the water pump to be 80 to 100 years old.
I really didn't think I wanted it when his mom offered it but I'm glad I took it and gave it a new life with us. She's having issues because of dementia now and has to be in assisted living. I'll always think of her as the years go by because of it.
I set the plant on top and it fits right in the top saucer area perfectly but I am nervous the plant is going to get knocked over so I moved the plant stand over near the other door. This plant has always done well here so I put it back on a shorter stand for now.