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The Ober Manufacturing Company

In the 1870’s two brothers, John and George H. Ober, founded the Ober Manufacturing Company of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Although primarily a woodworking machinery manufacturer, the foundry eventually also produced a variety of cast iron household products including the Ober stands and sadirons that are so valued today. Ober was also one of the most prominent American manufacturers of toy irons at the turn of that century.

Ober sadiron stands, because of their smaller size, served double-duty as coffee, tea, or table stands. The handsome square, grid, and leaf patterns were available in either a japanned (black enamel) or electroplated nickel finish. Ober sadiron stands are interesting castings to collect; and since there were a limited number of designs a complete set, although not inexpensive, is attainable. The following trivets appeared in a 1914 Ober catalog.

The Ober foundry continued production until 1916, with the Ober Large Leaf design being one of the last issued sadiron stands. Although the foundry was formally sold in 1932, family members ran the company as a machine shop until 1960. At that time the building was condemned, the property sold and the area cleared and converted to parking and storage.

Should you be in the Cleveland area you’ll want to visit The Chagrin Falls Historical Society at 21 Walnut St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022; phone 440-247-4695. Since their schedule varies through the year, be sure to call ahead. They have a nice collection of Ober products, including an example of the rare Ober electric iron.

Clicking below will open a photo gallery featuring an example of each different trivet design produced by Ober. Note: only the leaf designs were signed on the reverse.

One comment on “The Ober Manufacturing Company

  1. marianbeaman
    April 15, 2017

    Lynn, I knew of some Obers and Oberholtzers in Pennsylvania growing up. Your specimens here are elegant.

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