This bear is one of only fifty dozen black Steiff bears ordered for England. The sad reason for his black mohair was the Titanic disaster on the 14th April, 1912. The whole country was in mourning, there was hardly a single well-situated family who had not lost a relation or friend. Everything and everyone was in black, including this bear.
The owner of this bear never liked him, so he remained in a wardrobe all his life. Hence his condition, it is believed that one in such fine condition has not been on the open market since 1990.