This is one of the more rare pieces of Goberg ironwork that we have ever handled. It is a complete fireplace tool set, made and signed by Goberg in his ironworks about 1910. (Please note that the lead photo shows the whole tool stand and a close-up of the top part. There are not 2 tool stands!) Occasionally pieces from these sets become available on the market, but but this is the first time that we have seen a complete set. The components have all been made of hand hammered iron with brass accents. It consists of the tool stand, a poker, a tong, and an ash shovel. The pieces are signed multiple times with “Goberg” and “Germany”, leaving no doubt as to maker. The tool stand is about 35 inches tall. The oval decorative plate where the hooks are located for hanging the tools is about 8 inches by 10 ½ inches. The base is hexagon and measures a maximum of about 11 inches across with each edge of the hexagon measuring a little over 5 inches. The tools are about 18 to 19 inches long. The shovel is especially nice as one can easily see the markings left behind by the hammers and stamps used to make it. The surface of the stand is covered in a thick layer of varnish that gives it a dark appearance. However, under direct light the wonderful patina of the ironwork and brass accents shows through beautifully. The individual tools are somewhat polished from years of being handled. There is very little damage to speak of anywhere on the piece. The tool hooks on the stand are slightly loose, but in no danger of coming off. The stand in quite stable. The tongs are a bit distorted which probably occurred as a result of continually being heated in fires over the years. Still, they work just fine. The poker has a very slight bend to it which could either be a result of being made that way or being overheated in fires. All in all, this is a super item. If you are into Arts and Crafts style, Stickley style, are just like the look of an unusual piece, then you will not want to miss out on the tool set. It is highly unlikely that you will ever find another one that is complete.
Here is your chance to pick up a wonderful piece of Goberg hand-wrought ironwork. Hugo Berger, working as Goberg, in Germany during the early 1900's was the epitome of the Jugendstil artist, the German equivalent of the Arts and Crafts movement that was so popular worldwide. Very few of his pieces made it to the U.S. In recent years they have all become quite scarce.
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