This is a very nice box made by Hugo Berger, working as Goberg during the days prior to World War I. Although originally intended to be a cigar box, it would make a wonderful desk box, jewelry box, or dresser box. It measures 9 5/8 inches long, 6 3/8 inches wide, and 3 ¼ inches tall. The box is made from iron that has been hammered and textured with an interesting design element on the top along with linear elements on all four sides. The box has a wooden lining on the inside. The piece is in above-average condition with typical minor abrasions and the usual dings found in early metal-work. It is structurally solid. The hinges and lid work smoothly to open and close as intended. On the underside it is signed “Germany” and “Goberg”. It is unusual to find a Goberg box of this type in such good condition. They are usually bent and rusted. It could be used as a storage container for anything that you desire. If you are so inclined it would make a great stash box. It would look wonderful sitting on your desk.
Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (Hugo Berger) is best known for his wide-ranging variety of candlesticks and smoking items. 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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Hammered Iron Desk Box Cigar Box, Goberg Signed, 1910