Gustav Gurschner was born in 1873 and Austria and studied under August Kühne and Otto König at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna. After his studies we apprenticed under Valgrin in Paris. In 1897 he married Alice Pollak and in 1898 he participated in his first exhibition. It was at this time he started working on functional objects such as ashtrays, electric lamps, doorknobs and knockers, and jewelry. He began to move from wood to bronzes and metals and by 1914 was designing metals for the prince of Albania (Wilhelm zu Wied). He also began exporting his work to The United States primarily to New York City which included primarily jewelry as well as knockers and knobs. Gustav passed away in 1970.