This is a Jugendstil Owl Desk Clip, made by Hugo Berger, working as Goberg, in Germany during the early 1900's. It is made from a combination of hand hammered iron and brass. The back and the body of the owl are hammered iron while the applied eyes and beak are brass. The piece is 5 3/8 inches long and 2 3/4 inches wide. The owl is 4 1/2 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide. The owl is on a spring clip that works smoothly. There is a keyhole cut into the back that will allow you to hang it on a wall. The condition is excellent. It has been treated with respect over the years. There is some oxidation distributed on the piece that is expected on any early item that is made from hammered iron. The construction of the piece is still solid! It is stamped "Goberg" on the back along with "Made in Germany". The Goberg owl has become his signature piece. These owls are becoming very difficult to find as they are so special to look at and people value them dearly. When you see this beauty in person, you will understand why. The charm it exudes is wonderful.
Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (Hugo Berger) is best known for his wide ranging variety of candlesticks. 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. 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.
In the style of Jugendstil/Arts and Crafts style, this is a fantastic and rare item. Sitting on a desk or shelf, or hanging on a wall, 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. We will only accept PayPal as a form of payment from our international customers.