ANTIQUE TEDDY BEAR
Likely a 1920s German Steiff Teddy
Full Height 19"
This wonderful antique bear has been consigned to us and like most bears of this age, lacks the specific identification features that we wish for, although I am assured by the owner that an experienced bear enthusiast will be able to differentiate a true old world German bear from the more contemporary imitations.
My knowledge of Teddies is subjective and inexperienced, but the owner feels certain that this Teddy is either a Steiff or possibly a Bing.
The Teddy is golden blond, a bit faded as may be noted at the insideof the joints, measures 19" with padded feet, stitched mouth, nose and claws, glass eyes. There is a seam down the front and he has a humped back with a partially functioning Growler in place. He seems quite sturdy, limps move nicely but there is some loss of fur on the upper body and head. Some stitching is coming loose to a couple layers of fabric at the back of the ears; no button is noted in either ear. He does have a 1/4" hold under his chin that reveals that he is straw stuffed. Modest soil is noted and a previous owner has faintly penciled the outline of a heart on his chest.
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