This is called a, "Globe," heater. The reason for the name should be obvious since the stove is shaped like a globe. These were very popular during the late 1870's and early 1880's. Some were base burners, some were direct draft. The stove here appears to be a direct draft model. Yes they have a base and the top part is generally all nickel plated. Some of the caps are burnished brass. They are neat heaters as you have a 360 degree view of the fire. I have a picture of a good, restored one here for you to look at.
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- Globe style base burner from around 1880.