We had a lot of responses and the jury was split --- was it a bird / suet feeder or a cricket cage?
After reading your comments, more Internet research, and some debate, we've settled on a cricket cage for fishermen. This was mainly because the opening in the top was too small to fill the cage with much suet at once, and since the bottom was wooden, we didn't think it would hold up well outside as a bird feeder. So that was our verdict, a cricket cage - thanks for playing with us!
Here is another look at the item: