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A miniature Schuco 'Janus' two-faced teddy bear

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A miniature Schuco 'Janus' two-faced teddy bear
with golden mohair, swivel head and jointed padless limbs: one face with black metal bead eyes and black stitched nose and mouth, second face with black metal bead eyes on white painted metal surrounds, black metal bead nose and white painted metal mouth --3½in. (9cm.) tall, 1950s (lacks red celluloid tongue, slight overall wear)

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These miniature bears show the two faces of a unique novelty whose head can be 'swapped' using a knob at the base of the torso. They share many characteristics with other miniature bears in Schuco's Piccolo series, which was reproduced from the 1950s until the 1970s in a fractionally larger size, and was advertised as 'Original Schuco Talisman'.
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