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Goberg Germany Hand Hammered Owl Desk Clip / Paper Clip, Ca. 1900
Sweetpea Cottage is offering this marvelous Jugendstil Owl Desk Clip, made by Hugo Berger (Working as Goberg) in Germany during the early 1900's. Jugendstil was the German component of the Arts and Crafts movement that was so popular worldwide. The piece is made from a combination of hand hammered iron and brass. The back and the body of the owl are hammered iron while the applied eyes and beak are brass. The piece is 5 3/8 inches long and 2 7/8 inches wide. The owl is 4 1/2 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide. The owl is on a spring clip that works smoothly and allows it to still function well in its intended purpose as a paper clip. There is a keyhole cut into the back that will allow you to hang it on a wall if you choose. The condition is excellent. It has been treated with respect over the years. There is some oxidation generally distributed on the piece that is expected on an early item that is made from hammered iron. The oxidation is quite acceptable and is considered to be part of the artistry of Goberg items. We have cleaned it and applied a thin layer of conservator's wax to help maintain the patina and provide a low luster to emphasis the metalwork. The piece is held together firmly with clinched steel rivets; no glue to eventually fail on this piece! There is an identification stamp for Germany on the back. There is no question that this is a Goberg item as the owl has become his classic signature piece. You will find that we also have his owl on several other items in our inventory. These owls are becoming very difficult to find as they are so special to look at and people value them dearly. When you see this beauty in person, you will understand why. The charm it exudes is wonderful.
In the graphic style of Jugendstil/Arts and Crafts style, this is a fantastic and rare item. Sitting on a desk or shelf, or hanging on a wall, it will capture everybody's attention. You can shop with confidence at Sweetpea Cottage. YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason we gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving your item, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges. We will only accept PayPal as a form of payment from our international customers.
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Ken and Joan Drews, Phoenix, MD
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