STEIFF AND BEARS

 

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 Sweet 15” ( 38cm ) stuffed white mohair teddy, exact maker unknown with joints at shoulders and hips, amber glass eyes with black pupils with wide-eyed look, light brown vertically stitched nose and mouth, and canvas covered paw pads ( a bit lacking in center of left front one with a little cotton stuffing showing ). One might assume he is circa 1950 but could be as early as 1940 or as late as mid-50s. Regardless has lovable appeal, a highly desirable color, and in overall the mohair is in very good and firm condition other with no major flaws other than that already noted. His inquisitive and searching look says, “ I am ready for adoption !’…………………..US$ 165. 

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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!…………….SOLD 

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 3 ½” ( 9cm ) jointed miniature beige mohair teddy has small bead eyes, thick dark brown stitched nose and mouth, swivel neck and articulation at shoulders and hips. As is often typical of Steiff bears in the tiniest of sizes he has no separate paw pads but still retains the Steiff metal button in left ear. Overall mohair coverage remains excellent to this date and his vintage is approximately 1950 give or take about five years. A chubby little sweetie and a great accessory for any doll to hold!……………US$ 165. 

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 3 ½” ( 9cm ) miniature gold mohair Steiff bear, circa 1950, with bead eyes, black stitched nose and mouth, swivel neck and joints at shoulders and hips, in excellent condition with full mohair coverage and very bright color. As he is small he has no separate paw pads, and although he has no button he still has in center of chest a single thread remaining where his original Steiff paper chest tag would have been attached..US$ 145. 

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 3 ½” ( 9cm ) miniature Steiff bear with joints at shoulders and hips, swivel neck, bead eyes, very dark brown stitching of nose and mouth, with overall good covering of beige mohair throughout. He no longer has a button or chest tag but he is guaranteed to be Steiff as he as of the moment of this posting is sitting alongside one that could be his twin brother who miraculously still retains his button in ear and who is circa 1950…US$ 135. 

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Pair 0f two 3” ( 8cm ) unmarked miniature jointed teddy bears by Schuco, circa 1950, articulation at neck, shoulders, and hips, tiny bead eyes and black mouth stitching on nose and mouth, and beige mohair outer covering still full with little fading nor surface dust. A perfect size to be positioned in the arms of a small doll! These can be purchased individually at US$ 85. EACH, or……..US$ 150 For the  PAIR