London, South Kensington
4 December 2000
An extremely rare Strunz Polar Bear Clown
with white mohair head, hands and feet, pronounced muzzle, brown stitched nose, mouth and claws, black boot button eyes, integral green and pink wool jesters outfit with pointed hat, pom-poms and felt collar and cuffs --18in. (45cm.) high, circa 1909 (some overall wear, outfit trim and pads professionally restored)
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See German Teddy Bear Encyclopedia, Jürgen & Marianne Cieslik, page 210 and 211.
This bear by Wilhelm Strunz appears in the 1909 catalogue, it was offered as 'Polar Bear in Clown Costume', Series 2325 in various sizes.
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