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 cigarette box, it would make a wonderful desk box, jewelry box, or dresser box. It measures 6 3/4 inches long, 4 ½ inches wide, and 3 inches tall. The box is made from iron that has been hammered and textured. It has a double lozenge decorative element hammered into the lid along with scalloped edges. A medallion is riveted to the front of the box in simulation of a key slot. The box has a wooden lining on the inside. The piece is in good condition with typical wear that is consistent with age. It is structurally solid. The hinges and lid work smoothly to open and close as intended. On the underside it is signed “Germany”. At some time in the history of the box one of the solid iron ball feet either came loose or came off. That has been repaired with some sort of glue that now holds the foot firmly in place so that it does not move. From the underside the repair is noticeable as seen in one of the photos. When the box is sitting on a surface, the repair is not seen. Originally the box surface was covered with varnish. Over the years the varnish has darkened to provide a nice patina. There are several small areas where the varnish is missing. The lined wooden interior is intact but discolored. In addition, the wooden bottom has warped so that it no longer sits totally flat. It is unusual to find a Goberg box of this type in good usable 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.
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Wood Lined Iron Desk Box Cigarette Box, Goberg, Ca. 1910