London, South Kensington
4 July 2006
A large Steiff bear on wheels
with blonde mohair, brown and black glass eyes, remains of black stitched nose, mouth and claws, felt pads, pull-cord growler and six-spoke metal wheels, circa 1912 --31in. (79cm.) long and 22in. (56cm.) high (worn along back, holes in tip of muzzle and backs of ears, other general wear and dusty); a studio photograph of the original owner riding the bear --5¼in. (13.5cm.) x 3¼in. (8cm.) and a childhood photograph of the current owner hugging the bear --4in. (11.5cm.) x 3in. (8.5cm.)
Larger images of the original photographs are on the back cover. (3)
The earlier photograph of the girl riding the bear is of Olive Parker in around 1912, she is now in her mid nineties and living in a nursing home. The other photograph is of the current owner, who was give it by Olive in around 1956, a family friend of his mother who worked with her when they were young and single women.
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