London, South Kensington
1 December 2004
A rare Steiff Polar Bear on wheels
with white mohair, black boot button eyes, black stitched nose, mouth and claws, rotating ball-jointed neck, beige felt pads and gold painted six-spoked cast metal wheels, circa 1914 --15½in. (39.5cm.) long with head down (back very worn, missing left ear, general wear and moth holes to feet pads)
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See Steiff Sortiment - 1892-1943, page 44.
and Button in ear, Jürgen & Marianne Cieslik, page 92 for patent details of neck ball-joint.
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