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A rare Steiff Dolly-Bear
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A rare Steiff Dolly-Bear

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A rare Steiff Dolly-Bear
with blue mohair body, elongated arms and legs, white mohair head with black boot button eyes, brown stitched nose, mouth and four claws, swivel head, jointed limbs with felt pads, hump, pink wool ruff, inoperative squeaker and STEIFF button in ear --13in. (33cm.) high, 1913-1916 (faded and discoloured, small hole in right arm and mid left-side of front, thinning of mohair, various bald patches, staining to muzzle, holes in pads, arms and upper body lacking some stuffing)
Literature
See Button in Ear, Jürgen & Marianne Cieslik, page 50 and Steiff-Teddy Bear Love for a Lifetime, Ciesliks, page 56 and 57.

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Lot Essay

The 'Bär-Dolly' was originally conceived by Steiff as an American Presidential campaign mascot for Thomas Woodrow Wilson, following the success of Teddy's Bear and Billy Possum. Although as well as the patriotic red, white and blue colours, they were also available in green and yellow. This example was sourced from England, so is unlikely to have any actual American connections.
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