I am absolutely thrilled to offer this rare BIG girl to you. I have never before helped a 35-centimeter dromedary find a new home! She is the largest of the four wool plush dromedaries in this family. Although I believe “dromedary” is the right name because camels have two humps, I will refer to her as “Camel” here, since there are fewer letters to type. ;-)
Camel is the second most rare of this family, only beat out by the one-year production span of the 17-cm dromedary, who was made in 1952 only. This girl was made in two series, one between 1950 and 1958, with article number 1535,0, and the other, with article number 1535,00, produced from 1959 to 1962. Because Camel no longer has her flag, I can only be slightly more specific about her date of birth, since she wears a chest tag. She was, therefore, born in 1953 or later. Earlier dromedaries would have not worn a chest tag. Her chest tag is in pristine condition, by the way.
Camel is in excellent-minus condition, and I mean that absolutely, not “for her age.” Her age and play may have contributed to her condition, but my rating is independent.
The “minus” is due to the fact that Camel’s velveteen parts show a touch of soil. I have developed quite a talent for cleaning most mohair, but cleaning velveteen is virtually impossible (at least with the home remedies I have available). I tried (very carefully) to brush the surface of the velveteen with a wire brush, but that, unfortunately, had no effect. The soiling is very minor, and you can’t even detect it in my pictures. Camel must have been on open display, rather than protected behind glass. I am happy to report, however, that Camel retains nice airbrushing on her velvet parts. The airbrushing on her face is somewhat subdued, but the airbrushing on her legs is strong. She also has airbrushing on the insides of her tiny felt ears.
Camel has one other very minor condition issue, but if that were the only thing, I would leave off the “minus.” The underside of her tail has some wear at the tip. Actually, there is some wear along the seam too, which culminates with the bare spot at the end. Because that wear is out of view when Camel is on display (as is the scuffing on the bottoms of her hooves), I am not holding it against her.
As I have said, Camel is the largest member of her family, and the “35” in either of the article numbers she could have had denotes her catalogued size. She is not far off at 34 centimeters to the top of her head, or about 13 3/8 inches. She is a tiny bit smaller to the top of her hump, which may be the way she is officially measured. I mention this because the black tomcats are measured to the tops of their humps, and the dromedaries may be too.
Steiff camels and llamas share the same design feature of standing on “tiptoe.” That means that even in the best of situations, their stance is not going to be super stable. It is noteworthy, therefore, that Camel’s stance is excellent. Speaking of her stance, the way she holds her head up and cocked to the side is really sweet.
I can’t think of anything else to tell you, but please write if you have a question. Owning Camel would be an upgrade to any Steiff (or camel!) collection, whether it is yours or that belonging to that special someone in your life—that is, if you can part with Camel to give her away once you have seen her!
WHATEVER YOU DECIDE TO DO ABOUT CAMEL OR ANY OF MY OTHER STEIFF ITEMS, PLEASE BE SURE TO SEE THE ARTICLE I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT STEIFF ID FRAUD—INCLUDING COUNTERFEIT CHEST TAGS—(AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR COLLECTORS). YOU WILL FIND THE LINK ON MY SHOP HOME PAGE UNDER “FAVORITE LINKS.” IF YOU HAVE NOT LOOKED AT IT RECENTLY, I UPDATED AND EXPANDED IT IN OCTOBER, 2020.
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