This delightful tabletop match holder is sure to please you and be versatile either as a display piece or matchstick holder. Dating from about 1910 the piece measures a maximum of 5 1/8 inches across the base and stands 2 ½ inches tall. The swinging handle on the pail adds an additional 2 3/4 inches to the height when fully extended. Riveted to two of the sides are small textured drop hearts that are similar to hearts that Goberg used on a number of his candlestick designs. Also riveted to the sides are two textured pieces of abrasive iron intended as striking surfaces for the matches. The octagonal base is stippled around the rim adding interest to the piece. On the underside it is hand stamped “Germany” as he often did with many of his pieces. The condition of this item is really excellent. It has been cleaned and a layer of wax has been applied in order to protect the wonderful patina. There are two small spots of oxidation on the base plate that are probably a result of hot matches placed there years ago. In addition, there is other random oxidation from age, but none of it is significant or distracting from the overall look of the piece. You will occasionally see these items listed for sale elsewhere on the internet, but they are always in pretty bad shape. This piece is as good as it gets when it comes to early iron work. Imagine it sitting on a desk possibly with matches in it, but more likely with something like dried flowers or even a fresh flower as the cup will definitely hold water.
Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (Hugo Berger) is best known for his wide ranging variety of candlesticks and smoking accessories. 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 period. Jugendstil was the German component of the Arts and Crafts movement that was so popular worldwide. Much of his work was sold at Liberty of London with an occasional piece finding its way to the U.S. Goberg was inconsistent about how he signed his pieces. Sometimes he used “Goberg”, sometimes “Germany”, sometimes “ges. gesch.”, and often combinations of all three. Occasionally he did not sign a piece at all. With our many years of experience, we are absolutely positive that this is a Goberg item.
In the graphic style of Jugendstil/Arts and Crafts, this is a wonderful and scarce item. Sitting on a desk or shelf, it will capture everybody’s attention. You can shop with confidence at Sweetpea Cottage. YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason we gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving your item, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges.