Here comes the most amazing vintage Steiff teddy baby bear, produced in this size (38 cm / 15 inches tall standing) from 1930 to 1943, and very rare to find indeed!
Our old Steiff teddy baby here is fully jointed, free standing, has an open mouth, an active double squeaker and his original back painted glass eyes. Large old Steiff teddy baby is made of maize coloured mohair plush and lost a little bit of it over the years. Where his (very well working) disk joints sit, a little dark spot is to be seen (on each joint) on the fabric, certainly a discolouration stemming from the metal splint inside. Also, in his open felt mouth a little spot is to be seen, please, do look closely at all the photographs provided! Vintage Steiff teddy baby bear is firmly stuffed with wood wool (excelsior).
The blue collar and bell are originally Steiff produced, but I think they were added later and are not the original collar and bell once belonging to the old bear. I am not too sure about the felt pads on old Steiff teddy baby bear’s hands and feet either, and also the claw and nose embroidery – they are immaculate, and do not quite fit with the very good, but nevertheless beautifully aged condition of the rest of the bear. So, IF they are restored, this could only have been done in the Steiff restoration studio, because it is the best work I have ever seen!
Needless to say, this is an incredibly rare old Steiff teddy baby, and collectors delight!
The Pfeiffer textbook ranks this bear in price category 8 (2500 - 3000 Euro) for the edition 1930 – 1933, and in price category 7 – 8 (1875 – 3750 Euro) for the edition 1934 – 1943. Since our bear here lost all his identification marks, we can’t determine which edition he is to be accounted for. So, we agreed to let him be adopted for a very reasonable fee: 2000 Euro (will be show in the currency of the location you look at this listing)!
*Please notice that this listing is for the large old Steiff teddy baby bear ONLY, all other items in the photographs will NOT come with the old Steiff teddy baby bear.
*Please notice: This vintage Steiff teddy baby bear does not belong 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 toy lover’s item for decoration & display only!
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