London, South Kensington
4 July 2006
A Steiff teddy bear
with blonde mohair, black boot button eyes, pronounced clipped muzzle, black stitched nose, mouth and claws, swivel head, jointed elongated limbs with felt pads and hump, circa 1910 --20½in. (52cm.) high (thinning to top of right leg and muzzle, slight general wear and matting, discoloured to end of muzzle and tiny holes in pads); and a Farnell terrier with curly white wool plush, clear and black glass eyes, black stitched nose and mouth, black wool plush ears and base of tail and original studded oil-cloth collar, 1920s --19½in. (49.5cm.) long
This bear original belonged to Doris Storey, who died in 1981. Doris was given the teddy bear by her grandmother Blanch Townell between 1910-14. Doris went on to marry Arthur Close, but they did not have any children.
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