We are offering a rare piece of signed Goberg handwrought iron work. It is a giraffe cigar cutter sitting on top of an ashtray with a matchbox holder. This is the only example that we have ever seen. It will top off any collection of cigar cutters or Goberg iron work. The head and neck pivot forward to clip off the end of a cigar when inserted into a hole just below the neck. The clipped piece of cigar then rolls to the rear of the giraffe and comes out by the tail. The base is square at the front end and comes to a graceful point at the back end. The base measures 8 1/2 inches long by 4 inches wide. The total height of the piece is about 10 1/2 inches. One of the more unusual aspects of the piece is that the giraffe is three-dimensional having a hollow body. Most of Goberg’s animal pieces were two-dimensional. It is in excellent condition. It has an all original surface of black paint which Goberg applied directly over the bare metal. The paint has developed a layer of patina with only minor areas of oxidation and abrasion. The construction remains absolutely solid. On the underside of the ashtray it is stamped “Goberg” and “Ges. Gesch.”, which is the German equivalent of Patent Pending.
If you 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 items, but occasionally dabbled in making one-off items primarily for their artistic merit. His pieces were sold mostly 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 both in the U.S. and across the globe.
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Free Shipping! Signed Goberg Giraffe Cigar Cutter, Matchbox Holder, Ca. 1910