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This rare and handsome big Hucky raven (“Rabe” in German) joins family members in my shop: his little mohair brother and a tiny wool miniature raven. They are pictured together in my last image.
Hucky has all ID. Although his flag is not complete, enough remains for you to read his somewhat faded article number, 7317,00. I believe you can read it in my image, but, if not, you will be able to when you see this black beauty in person. Hucky’s eyes are glass, and his flag is anchored by the earlier version of a raised script button (with skinny letters) so I am confident in telling you that he hatched sometime between 1960 and 1963.
As I mentioned, this is the larger of the two Hucky brothers. He was made for fewer years than his little, 12-cm brother, and he is much rarer to find. I checked my records, and I have helped only five other 17-cm Huckys find new homes in the two decades I have been doing this! It is especially nice, therefore, to find him in such nice condition—and with all ID!
The “17” in Hucky’s article number, 7317,00, denotes his size to the top of his (swivel) head in centimeters, and he precisely in accord with his catalogued size, measuring just under 7 inches high. Of course, this Hucky seems like a giant next to his tiny cousin, but you can see that he is also quite a bit bigger than his 12-cm brother.
I am getting ahead of myself; let me tell you about this guy. I will get his slight detractions out of the way, but they are not serious enough to make me assess his condition as anything less than excellent-minus (if I am being super critical ;-)). I say this DESPITE his age, not the meaningless thing you always see, “for his age.”
The red lacquer on Hucky’s legs and feet has chipped off in places, but the condition of these metal appendages is better than average among the birds I have seen with metal legs. His legs and feet are quite substantial, and even though Hucky’s toes don’t all touch the ground simultaneously (giving him a bit of a wobble), his stance is fine. His uneven toes are a “hatching defect” Hucky received at the factory, and the wobble plays no part in my assessment of his condition.
Another slight detraction (or maybe not) is the number of plastic feathers (or whatever those whisker-like things that jut out from the back of Hucky’s head are called). Hucky has six of them, and I believe the original number was eight. I say I “BELIEVE” this, although I can’t be sure, since the feathers are evenly placed on Hucky’s head. I am using his near mint vitrine-dwelling same size brother as my reference, but there is nothing obviously amiss when you look at the back of his head; I am mentioning this only to be complete.
Also very minor is the slight tearing up through the hole of Hucky’s otherwise nice, crisp chest tag. That happened because the two loops of string that attach Hucky’s tag are very short and tight. Another effect of that is the fact that Hucky’s tag does not hang absolutely vertically on his chest, but, rather, pulls slightly to his right, or left as faces you.
Hucky’s felt parts (his black wings and tail feathers) and his red felt parts are dark, with maybe evidence of (very slight!) fading in the red. I say this because his vitrine-living brother’s red felt (and black airbrushed nostrils) are not quite as intense as his. The “not quite” is even too strong a description; the difference is almost imperceptible. If I did not have his brother to make a comparison, I would not have seen anything amiss, and if you are Hucky’s new owner, you will not either. Included in those parts is Hucky’s tongue, which is partly visible in some of my pictures. I did not know (before seeing the larger Huckys) that birds even had tongues!
I have nitpicked Hucky to pieces, but now I have mentioned all the slight detractions I can think of. But, as I say, Hucky is in excellent-minus condition. His mohair is complete and lustrous, and BLACK! The underlying black burlap is also not faded, making Hucky’s presentation all the more beautiful.
I can't think of anything else to tell you, but please write if you have any questions. The raven is often thought of as a spooky or scary bird, but, like his mohair and woolie relatives, this guy is adorable and sweet. Don't miss this opportunity to add him to your Steiff bird collection or the collection of someone you love (that is if you can part with Hucky once he arrives). ;-) Please take a look at his relatives too.
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