This is a wonderful pair of hand wrought iron Arts and Crafts or Jugendstil style candlesticks that are signed F W Germany. Each stick measures approximately 8 ½ inches tall. The round bases are both 6 1/8 inches in diameter. The lip around the candle cup is approximately 3 1/4 inches in diameter. Both pieces are definitely made by hand. They show the qualities of pieces that have been hammered, riveted and twisted. The decorative twisted metal stems are both clinched into the bases. The bases both have subtle designs consisting of die hammered stars and “V’s” running around the center base. The candle cups are scalloped on the tops and held together with clinched rivets. The underside of one piece carries two stamps. One is “Germany” and the other is a stylized “F W”. We have searched all over the internet and have not been able to determine precisely what the signature represents. There is a region of Germany known as Wurttemberg that has a long history of iron work and we suspect that these pieces might have originated from there. They are in very nice condition. The surfaces all carry the subtle signs of hand wrought iron. Both pieces have areas of slight oxidation, or rust, that is typical of early iron. This is very slight and could best be described as adding to the patina. The clinched stems both turn very slightly in the bases, but with a slight hand turn are easily made tight. They stand straight and there is no damage to mention. The surfaces have a dark surface finish that might be early varnish, applied to inhibit deterioration. Of course, there is some small amount of candle wax from previous owners to be found on each piece. Their wonderful condition enhances their quality.
We specialize in Goberg hand wrought iron work and feel that these two somewhat mysterious pieces are as nice as Goberg’s candlesticks. They have the same Arts and Crafts or Jugendstil qualities that his work has. Sitting on a table, desk or shelf, they 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.