As you can see this beautiful much loved, restored antique Steiff teddy bear with old pre-war ff button appears like the ambassador of love and time itself and so there can be little wonder, that she is marked by both…
But - facts first – please do read and zoom in all photographs provided, more details in the text below:
Antique Steiff teddy bear,
With pre - war Steiff ff button,
1905 – 1933 produced in Germany (likely around 1910 in our case),
40 cm / 16 inches overall, 28 cm / 11 inches sitting,
Blond mohair, nearly all gone,
Firmly stuffed with wood wool, excelsior; now missing stuffing in the upper arms and body,
Fully 5 disks jointed, joints working well,
Original back painted glass eyes,
Rests of the original nose stitch remaining,
4 claw embroidery original, partly gone,
Hand pads replaced, foot pads partly under-lined,
Broken growler in belly,
Original main seam on the front, never opened,
Heavy traces of love and age,
Brings her antique medallion with surplice inside,
Her name is Angelique.
Please, be aware that NONE of the decorations you see in the photographs will come with the old bear – this listing is for the antique teddy bear ONLY!
*Please notice: This antique German Steiff teddy bear belongs NOT INTO THE HANDS OF CHILDREN; it may not fulfill the safety standards for toys in our time! So, it is not meant as a toy, though an adult collector’s & vintage or antique teddy bear or toy lover’s item for decoration & display only!
We will ship all items worldwide in an insured package on Priority Mail and provide a tracking number. Handling, worldwide shipping and insurance are included in our prices!
If you like to read on, here is some more information about this magnificent antique Steiff bear:
She was named Angelique by an Instagram friend of ours – thank you, dear Annette!
When this beautiful old Steiff teddy first arrived with us, she looked less happy than now, her stuffing threatened to fall out her severely injured paws, she could not smile, because her nose was not safe and looked generally miserable but still sweet.
Luckily I am a trained restorer and as you may have read in other listings before, my goal is always to keep as much of the original material as possible, to work non – invasive, to let the restoration show itself and to keep the character of the patient, and what time did to the patient unchanged.
I had no option than to replace the felt pads on our antique Steiff bear’s hands. The originals were gone completely. On the foot pads I kept what was there from the original and under-lined only the lost parts.
And of course, I cleaned Angelique thoroughly.
We had a little debate going whether to open the original seams on the upper arms and to refill them. We decided against that. I could not bring myself to open original seams. Maybe, if you are interested in this fine old Steiff bear and you give her a loving home and would like her to have a bit more substance in the upper arms again, that is fine and surely some restorer can be found to do that surgery.
There can be no doubt as to this antique teddy bear Lady being a very extraordinary personality!
Handling, worldwide shipping and insurance are included in our prices!
Antique Steiff Teddy Bear with ff button, 16”, around 1910, much loved, restored
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