London, South Kensington
3 December 2002
A very rare Steiff hot-water bottle 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, hump, opening at front seam fastened with brass hooks, brown lace and rare original water canister --19¾in. (50cm.) high, circa 1907 (hand pads replaced, missing one top hook, some thinning to face, chest, left arm and left foot and two holes in left foot pad)
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For this actual bear see Christie's Century of Teddy Bears, Leyla Maniera, page 45 and for further information see Steiff - Teddy Bears love for a lifetime, Jürgen & Marianne Cieslik, page 35.
This novelty teddy was expected to be a great success, but surprisingly there was very litte interest in the bear, only 90 examples were made from 1907 to 1914. It is believed that this is the only example outside of the Steiff archive to still have his original canister.
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