London, South Kensington
4 July 2006
Lt. Colonel Sir Bruno Noel Irwin.
A Steiff teddy bear
with golden mohair, black boot button eyes, pronounced clipped muzzle, black stitched nose, mouth and claws, swivel head, jointed elongated limbs, hump and FF button in ear, circa 1910 --20½in. (52cm.) high (two small holes in muzzle, thinning and balding to arms and bottom, a few bald spots on toes, down back seam and forehead, general wear and fading, nose and mouth stitching mostly missing, pads replaced); a photograph of Mildred with the first Noel and four photographs of Mildred as an adult with her niece playing with the current Bruno; and various correspondence
See back cover (2)
The provenance for Bruno is slightly confusing because at some stage of his life the original Bruno was swapped for this Steiff Bruno.
The original owner Mildred Mary Henlyn? Noel born in 1904, is photographed holding a Farnell bear aged about two and the Steiff replacement Noel is dated circa 1910. It is not known why this happened.
Bruno's first birthday was in 1906 and in 1929 when Mildred married, he became Bruno Noel-Irwin. In 1939 he joined the army as a captain, some time later he unexpectedly came into a Baronetsy, so you now meet him as Lt. Colonel Sir Bruno Noel-Irwin.
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