Is This A German Teddy Bear?
Is this a german bear
My German mother had this bear as a child and it was passed onto me after her passing age 84 yrs.
Its muzzle is beige felt type fabric with black felt nose and his tongue is sticking out.
He has big black and brown plastic eyes
The filling is soft.
He is 48 cms tall.
He has a red buckled collar but I'm not sure if this is original. He did have a red and white label under his right arm unfortunately it as been cut out.
He has felt paws and a white chest his fur is soft and a champagne light brown colour.
He is in very good condition.
My first reaction when i saw this bear is that he is later than the 1950's. This is because of his general look. I.e his fur looks synthetic and the fact that he is not jointed. Also the shape of his head looks modern.
Looking through my books I cannot see another bear like him, however if you say he is German and that he had a white and red label it does sound like a later Steiff bear. I have found a couple of Steiff bears made in the 1980s which also have this white patch on the chest.
However I cannot be sure that he is a Steiff and so all I can really tell you is that my gut feeling is that he may have been made in the 1980's. Plastic eyes, soft fillings and synthetic fur all indicate a bear after the 1950's and his general looks does look more modern than that.