STEIFF AND BEARS

 

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Wonderful 10” early ( pre-WWI ) era white mohair Steiff bear with button in left ear with “ underscored f “ Steiff signature, brown glass eyes, brown stitched nose, mouth ,and claws. Mohair is in overall good condition considering age and type with slightly more hair thinness on back of torso and head than in other places. The paw pads are relatively clean with only a few pinprick areas of loss or stain. This type of bear from this period never had long fluffy hair to begin with so ascertainment of condition must be qualified as such based on that reality. He has a side squeaker in the torso but no sound emits after applying the requisite pressure. Although not commonly found nor universally acknowledged is the fact that a bear having glass eyes does not disqualify such a bear from being 1920s or later as when made this was considered “ an improvement “ and to being “ more realistic “ just as in the production of French bisque bebes when open mouth with teeth was considered and improvement as well and the production of closed mouth dolls did not automatically cease the day the first open mouth dolls were placed on the open market. Lovely bear in desirable small size and color!…………….US$ 1,450. 

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Charming 10” ( 25cm ) early gold mohair teddy with “ shoe button “ eyes, black stitched nose, mouth , and claw delineators, jointed at head , shoulders, and hips, long arms, hump on top of back, all felt paw pads original ( a few moth holes on right “ hand “ ), mohair in overall good condition considering age and type with gold color less faded on back and two minor areas of mohair thinness on front of lower legs. Although he has many Steiff-like qualities he has no button and is being sold simply as an early pre- World War One teddy with great appeal and in better than average condition…………..…SOLKD