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Hand Wrought Coiled Signed Goberg “Courting” Chamberstick, Ca. 1900-1920
This signed and hand wrought coiled candlestick or chamberstick (often called a courting candlestick) is one of the more unusual pieces done by Hugo Berger under the name of Goberg. It has a early American feel to it. It stands a total of 7.25 inches tall and the triangular base has a maximum spread of 6 inches. The piece sits on a tripod of three legs that are attached to a lipped disk base that is 3.625 inches in diameter. The coiled metal spring is riveted to the base and the candle holder moves up and down through the spring by simply turning the handle. The long bent iron handle is used to carry the piece. The condition is quite good. The surface retains the majority of the black paint that Goberg originally applied to the piece. There is some expected paint loss due to abrasion, but this is minimal. There is very minor oxidation, or rust, that appears occasionally as would be expected from a piece of early iron work. Structurally the chamberstick is sound with no loose parts. On the underside it is stamped “Goberg” to verify the piece’s origin. This is a nice piece of ironwork that looks great sitting on a table or desk and it is totally functional. The next time your daughter’s suitor comes a courting set the height of the candle to a time you desire and when the candle burns down to the top of the coil the date is over!
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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