Sweetpea Cottage is offering this marvelous Jugendstil Owl Matchbox Holder, made by Hugo Berger (Working as Goberg) in Germany during the early 1900's. Jugendstil was the German component of the Arts and Crafts movement that was so popular worldwide. The piece is made from a combination of hand hammered steel and brass. The base is hammered steel while the owl perched on top is steel with brass applied eyes and beak. The piece stands 5 inches tall, and the base is 2 ½ inches by 4 1/4 inches. The condition is excellent. It has been treated with respect over the years. There is some oxidation on both sides of the owl as is expected on an early item that is made from hammered iron. The oxidation is quite acceptable on this piece and is considered to be part of the artistry of Goberg items. There is also a residue of some substance that appears to be varnish located at the base of the owl. It is possible to occasionally run into Goberg's owl motif on desk paper clips and a few other items, but we have never seen another matchbox holder. No doubt there are some more pieces out there somewhere, but people seem reluctant to part with them. When you see this beauty in person, you will understand why. The charm it exudes is wonderful.
In the graphic style of Jugendstil/Arts and Crafts style, this is a fantastic and rare 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.