• Sale 5035

    Steiff: An Important Private Collection

    13 October 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 194

    A STEIFF OPOSSUM, (5328), jointed, mohair, black boot button eyes, red stitching, felt ears, inoperative squeaker and tiny FF button, 1909-1914 --11in. (28cm.) high (some fading and minor wear)

    Price Realised  

    A STEIFF OPOSSUM, (5328), jointed, mohair, black boot button eyes, red stitching, felt ears, inoperative squeaker and tiny FF button, 1909-1914 --11in. (28cm.) high (some fading and minor wear)


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    In 1909 William H. Taft succeeded Teddy Roosevelt as President of the USA. As Teddy Roosevelt had had his adopted mascot, the Teddy Bear, Taft and his supporters adopted an Opossum called Billy. Rather amusingly, at a dinner to honour the new president held in Atlanta, 'Opossum aux Patates' - Opossum with sweet potatoes, was served!

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