This adorable fellow is the middle brother in the Steiff stalking “Jungtiger” (young tiger or tiger cub) family, and he joins several relatives in my shop, including his big brother. Perhaps the word “stalking” is not appropriate for this guy, since he looks like he does not have a ferocious bone in his body.
Since Jungtiger (henceforth “JT”) has lost his IDs, I cannot be sure of his article number. His glass eyes and the way they are placed in his face give him that early “look” I speak of all the time, and I am guessing his article number was 1314,0. It is highly unlikely that he was born after 1964 (with one more “0” In his article number), so in any case, he has passed the half-century mark.
JT is in very good condition. That is an absolute assessment, not “for his age,” which is meaningless. I cannot quite go up to “excellent,” because he does have wear in his longer-mohair beard, sideburns, and ears. Probably, the biggest area of loss is in his beard, which I am showing you in my fourth composite image. I am also showing you his sideburns in the previous composite, and you should be able to see that the thinning on them is fairly minor.
JT’s coloring is excellent, with no fading either in his background orange or his black stripes. He has all 12 of his original whiskers, which are a bit wild on his left side (right as you face him), but otherwise fine. His tail is noteworthy because of its LACK of any bends or stuffing settlement.
Not only is his black and orange tiger coloring vibrant, but JT also has black airbrushed nostrils in his perfect coral-colored floss nose and a dab of rose coloring below the line of black floss stitching delineating his mouth.
The “14” in either of the possible article numbers belonging to JT denoted his height in centimeters to the top of his head. He’s a bit of a runt at 12 centimeters, about 4 3/4 inches high. Because his tail is so nice, you want to make sure that you leave enough space to avoid bending and squashing it when he is on display. Measured front to back, allowing for the natural fall of his tail to the ground, JT is about a foot long from his nose to the tip of his tail.
To be complete, I want to mention JT no longer “roars.” You can feel his squeaker depress, but no sound—except for the crunch of excelsior—is emitted. Since JT will likely take his place behind the glass of your vitrine or whatever method you use to display your Steiff animals, you, or anyone else walking by who paused to admire your collection, would not know whether he made a sound or not.
I can’t think of anything else, but please write if you have any questions. You, or the Steiff tiger lover who may be destined to receive JT as a gift (if you can part with him once you see him!), will be absolutely delighted.
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