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Signed Goberg Hand Hammered Iron Chamberstick, Ca. 1900-1910
We are offering a fine example of a signed Goberg hand hammered iron chamberstick, or single candlestick. It is designed to be carried from location to location using the handle. Typical of Goberg's work this piece shows the hand hammered designs and texture for which he is so well known. It is made with very heavy gauge iron indicating that it is some of his earlier work. Overall the piece is in excellent condition. This piece has a bare metal surface that is covered with a very nice applied black patina that is original to the piece. It has some very minor oxidation which is usually expected on old iron work. The metalwork is sound with no loosening of any of the riveted joints. It sits well and looks great on a table. The piece is signed “Goberg” on the underside. The total height is about 7 ½ inches and the circular base is about 5 ½ inches in diameter. The condition of this chamberstick is above average. The rim of the candle cup has a small amount of waviness to it that is probably a result of being slightly bent at one time, most likely from falling over. There are also some minor scratches in the patina and abrasions that are all consistent with the age and use of the piece. An earlier owner put four small felt buttons on the underside of the base and we have left them in place. Rest assured that wherever you put this beauty with a candle in place it is bound to show well and draw many great looks and comments. It is perfect to have available for your next power outage!
Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (Hugo Berger) is best known for his wide ranging variety of candlesticks. Besides being considered a metal fabricator of the Arts & Crafts era, Goberg is also closely associated with the German Jugendstil or Secessionist movement of the same time frame. Much of his work was sold at Liberty of London with an occasional piece finding its way to the U.S.
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