We are offering a very unusual piece of signed Goberg handwrought iron work. The piece is an ashtray with a profiled dog cigar cutter sitting on top. This is the only example that we have ever seen and is the perfect piece to top off a collection of cigar cutters or Goberg iron work. As shown in one of the photos the head pivots back to reveal a cutting knife that would be used to clip off the end of a cigar. The base is square which is unusual for Goberg as he tended to use round or oval bases on much of his work. It measures 6 1/8 inches, by 3 7/8 inches. The total height of the piece is 6 ¾ inches. The condition is excellent. The surface is all original with no indication of ever being cleaned or polished. It has a layer of patina across the surface with only minor areas of rust, 2 spots on the left side of the head and several small spots in the ashtray. The construction remains solid with the riveted joints firmly holding the piece together. On the underside of the tray it is stamped “Goberg” and “Ges. Gesch.”, which is the German equivalent of Patent Pending.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Goberg’s work we provide this information. Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (HuGO BERGer) also dabbled successfully with brass, making some very rare and highly sought-after 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, from 1900 to before World War I. He mostly made candle holders and smoking accoutrements, but occasionally dabbled in making one-off items primarily for their artistic merit. His pieces were sold primarily in Europe and at Liberty of London. Very few of his rarer pieces have made it across the pond to the U.S. We are the largest dealer in Goberg pieces found on the internet.
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