London, South Kensington
19 September 2007
A German clockwork bear playing a violin
with golden artificial-silk plush, orange and black glass eyes, metal disc nose, carton body with cast-metal feet, carved wood hands, violin and bow and keywind mechanism at the side causing the bear to rock his head and play violin, 1920s --7¾in. (19.5cm.) high (dusty and one leg loose)
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For this actual example see The Teddy Bear Hall of Fame - A Century of Historic Teddy Bears, by Michéle Brown, page 73.
Note from Gyles - The last person to wind up this bear was the late virtuoso violinist, Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
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