Need to know if this teddy bear is old ASAP!

by Chris
(Austin, TX)

teddy bear face

teddy bear face

teddy bear face
teddy bear tummy
teddy bear tummy
teddy bear arm

I bought this untagged bear on eBay to make a Halloween costume for my dog, but after receiving it, I became concerned it might be old. The ad didn’t provide any information.

Length: 20”-21”
Body: Fully jointed with a humpback; seams on front, back, and face
Stuffing: heavy and stiff but not crinkly
Eyes: two-toned, appear to be glass
Nose: vertical brown stitches
Paws: Feel like suede
Fur: not sure, when burned, smells weird, doesn’t burn steadily, reduced to a small black bead that crumbled to ash; fur is stitched to a tan-orange netting
No labels, but there is a long grayish string behind the left ear where a tag may have been attached

Any help dating or identifying this bear would be appreciated. I only have a few days to decide whether the bear lives or dies!

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