It is my pleasure to offer this sweet, RARE and highly collectible White 'blank button' Steiff Mohair Teddy Bear! This highly prized smaller sized white teddy is truly a charmer measuring approx. 10" (25cm) standing and 7"(17cm) sitting. He retains his original Steiff BLANK button. The blank button was only used 1905-1906 and 1905 is the earliest this series was produced. The name "Teddy Bear" was first used in 1906, previously "Baerle", stated size standing.
Listed in the Steiff Sortiment 1892-1943 book written by Gunther Pfeiffer in 2002(THE Steiff reference book) on page 21 I have shown a photo of the page for reference. His blank button and size indicates he is bear No 17PAB, series 12 which was made only in 1905. Listed as Price group 9 (highest priced group) which translates in the book to 6,250+ Euros ($7176+ USD). 17PAB stands for 17cm and PAB (stands for plush, disc jointed &movable).
This wonderful mohair bear features Black Shoe Button eyes and plush white mohair. He is jointed at his head, arms and hips. His nose and paws have tan floss stitching. His tan felt padding on his feet and front paws were replaced with what appears to be silk (or a very fine cotton). Excelsior stuffing.
This special bear is disc Jointed at the head, arms and legs. When you squeeze him you can feel some wiring inside.
This much loved bear is ALL original and the only repairs noted are paw pad replacements. He is clean with some wear to his mohair. I LOVE his smaller size and expression...perfect size to sit alongside an antique french or german doll!
Overall an amazing example of a Rare, early Steiff bear. I am also listing an extremely rare original PETSY Steiff bear separately.
Serious inquires only! Insurance with signature confirmation is required on this this special bear to insure he arrives safely to his new home!
RARE Antique 25cm STEIFF Blank Button 1905 White Mohair Teddy BEAR GERMANY