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Make an Offer! Goberg Signed Iron Desk Box Humidor, Working Lock, Ca. 1910
We have managed to obtain this unusual and wonderful Goberg signed desk box or humidor with functioning lock and key that was made during the Arts and Crafts or Jugendstil era. The piece is made from solid hammered iron. It has wonderful heavy strap hinges and a great iron loop handle on the top front. The box is extremely heavy. It carries the hammered identification “Germany” and the logo “HBV” which was often used by Hugo Berger (Goberg) when he worked in Vienna. The inside is lined on the walls and bottom with mitered maple. The piece measures 6 3/4 inches by 5 inches and stands a total of 3 inches tall. Judging by the amount of loose tobacco which has fallen out of it, the box was probably used as a humidor at one time.
We have handled many Goberg boxes in the past, but this is without question one of the finest boxes of his that we have ever had. The condition is excellent. It has the wonderful natural patina that only time can achieve. The lock works very smoothly with the provided key. In all regards this box is a rarity in original condition. It needs absolutely no restoration or cleaning. One cannot help but wonder where the box has been all these years and who took such great care of it.
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.
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