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A STEIFF BLACK TEDDY BEAR, (5325,2), jointed, mohair, black boot button eyes, red felt discs behind, black stitching, inoperative growler and FF button, circa 1912 --13½in. (34.5cm.) high (one hand pad replaced, two pads patched and some minor wear)
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A STEIFF BLACK TEDDY BEAR, (5325,2), jointed, mohair, black boot button eyes, red felt discs behind, black stitching, inoperative growler and FF button, circa 1912 --13½in. (34.5cm.) high (one hand pad replaced, two pads patched and some minor wear)

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A STEIFF BLACK TEDDY BEAR, (5325,2), jointed, mohair, black boot button eyes, red felt discs behind, black stitching, inoperative growler and FF button, circa 1912 --13½in. (34.5cm.) high (one hand pad replaced, two pads patched and some minor wear)

Provenance
This bear was purchased from the Steiff Festival auction in Giengen, 26th June 2005, lot 78.
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VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.

Lot Essay

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

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