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A rare Steiff black teddy bear
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A rare Steiff black teddy bear

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A rare Steiff black teddy bear
with pronounced clipped muzzle, large black boot button eyes with red felt backing, black stitched nose, mouth and claws, swivel head, jointed elongated limbs with cream felt pads and hump --16in. (40.5cm.) high, circa 1912 (balding to right arm, forehead and back, overall wear, ankles and one arm split, three pads recovered, right arm and back with green wool darning)

Literature
See Steiff - Teddy Bears - Love for a Lifetime, Jürgen & Narianne Cieslik, pages 54 and 55. This is the actual bear that appears in Bears, Sue Pearson, page 26.
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Lot Essay

This bear is only one of 50 dozen black Steiff bears ordered for England. The sad reason for his black mohair was the Titanic disaster on the 14th April, 1912. The whole country was in mourning, there was hardly a single well-situated family who had not lost a relative or friend. Every thing and everyone was in black, including this bear.
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