This little girl is the smallest size of Teddy Panda. It has been several years since I had the pleasure of helping my last fully jointed panda find a new home, and I am delighted to present this one to you. You can see that her pattern is somewhat similar to her BIIIIG brown cousin in my shop, another rare and special bear. I speak, of course, of Teddy Baby, with his happy open mouth and turned down paws. Both bears can stand on their own, and both bears are very rare, this one a little less so, since she was made for more years and is not AS rare to find (but rare enough, especially in this nice condition).
Panda was made in this smallest (15-cm) size in two series, whose production spanned from 1951 to 1961. Because she does not have her flag, I can’t give you her precise date of birth, but I can narrow it down somewhat from the total 11-year range of the two series. The very earliest “teddy pandas” had felt foot and paw pads. I am not sure when that felt fabric was replaced by rubber, with a suede-like look and feel, but I believe it was somewhere in the middle of the first series, maybe as late as 1956. That allows me, therefore, to tell you that this sweet little girl was made AFTER that time. However, since the first series was made until 1958, she could be 62 years old or even older. The article number that would have been on Panda’s flag in that case was 5315. The second series of this bear was made from 1959 to 1961, in which case Panda’s article number would have been 5315,00.
The “15” part of either article number that might have been printed on Panda’s flag denoted her height in centimeters, about 6 inches high, and she is almost exactly in accord with the catalogue.
Panda is in very good condition, with a touch of overall wear, most noticeable on her seams and her nose and the slight darkening to “ecru” of her once-white mohair, although its current hue is not at all unappealing. Panda’s black parts could not have been darker when she left Giengen. You can catch traces of a dark purple color showing through her mohair. I believe that underlying fabric is more subject to fading than the mohair itself, hence the slight difference.
Speaking of colors, Panda’s red ribbon (I believe rayon, but it could be silk) is in like-new condition. It shows no fading or fraying, and it is still tacked to her neck.
Panda’s chest tag has an interesting combination of attributes. It is generally in very good condition, with some wear at the very top. This was caused by the very short length of her attachment string, which not only has torn a tiny bit down into the red periphery of the tag, but it pulls the tag to Panda’s right (left as you face her). Notwithstanding these slight deviations from perfection, which, because they happened at the factory, I think of as “birth defects,” the tag has a sign of almost absolute pristineness, and that is the continued “residence” in the tag of the little cardboard “hole” that was supposed to be punched out when the tag was attached. :-)
I can’t think of anything else to tell you, but please write if you have a question. Panda would do any Steiff collection proud, whether it is yours or belongs to that lucky person who would receive Panda as your gift.
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