It was this color:
It had a metal plaque on it that read "Hallowell," so I looked it up online when I got home. Hallowell began making steel work benches in 1903. It was acquired by List Industries in 1992. The company is headquartered in Florida.
I was sad because I knew this was a gorgeous, mid-20th-century piece of good, American steel. But I have no place for it in my home, and I have no power tools to restore it to its former glory. So I left it, sorry to think about it going to a landfill somewhere.
A few minutes later, I went out again to walk another pug, and I saw my neighbor's young-adult son, out in his driveway building something. And it hit me: his family would LOVE this table!
this photo, and photos below: Max Kim-Bee, for Country Living magazine
Because this is their home. See the industrial steel legs on this console table?:
And the rustic sides on their island, and the benches beneath?:
Oh, the work table will be so happy in this house!:
I told the son about the work bench, and his eyes lit up. "I'm going to go get it, right now!," he told me. A few minutes later, I saw him and his dad in their big ol' pickup, the rusty work bench in the back. They were SO happy with the table.
I am thrilled to have made a match.
And to keep a venerable piece of American steel from going to the trash heap.