Old Large Teddy Bear -- Steiff? Age?

by Andrea
(Canada)

Old Large Teddy Bear

Old Large Teddy Bear

Old Large Teddy Bear
Old Large Teddy Bear back view
Old Large Teddy Bear side view
Old Large Teddy Bear foot

I'm trying to find more info on this lovely bear.

He is approximately 28" tall from top of head (not counting ears) to bottom of feet.
Excelsior stuffed.
Possible voice box that I can slightly feel and sometimes hear a bit, but would consider it not working.
Fully jointed with a swivel head, honey or beige mohair that's very dense.
Hump on back.
Vertically stitched, dark brown floss nose and mouth.
Four floss claws each on front and back paws.
Felt paw pads, covering stiff cardboard on back paws.
Stitching down mid-front torso and mid-back. (No stitching on legs.)
Small split down front, middle stitching approx. 3" from neck. (tag removed?)
Tiny hole in back or right ear (metal tag removed?), but can see nothing in front of ear. Fur is very dense, making it difficult to see underneath.
Two small stains on left back paw and also on front (glue?). (See pics attached)
Otherwise in excellent condition, no wear to mohair, floss complete, looks all original, no unusual smells.
I'm guessing this was well-stored and unplayed with due to large size.

Would like to know manufacturer and approximate age and value. Thank you.

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Jul 17, 2018
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'50s Steiff NEW
by: Andrea

Thanks,Kathy. My big bear has now been sold. I appreciate your help. :)

Jul 17, 2018
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by: Anonymous

He is 28 inches tall. At one point he did have a voice box, but he hasn't made a sound in a very long time.
Kathy

Jun 18, 2018
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'50s Steiff
by: Andrea

For Kathy:

A couple of more questions, if I may, Kathy.
Is yours the same size (28-30")?
Does/did your bear have a voice box?

Thanks so much again.

Jun 18, 2018
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'50s Steiff
by: Anonymous

Thank you, Kathy. After I posted this, I got a reply from a dealer, confirming the info you provided. Very helpful. Cheers!

Jun 16, 2018
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Old Large Teddy Bear
by: Kathy

I have the identical bear. It is a Steiff. Mine still has the button and yellow tag in the left ear. Mine also has the red ribbon and a partial paper tag that says Steiff Original Marker. Mine is from the 50's, anywhere from 1952 to 1956. I know this because I have a picture of me and my bear when I was about 3 or 4 years old and I was born in 1952.
I hope this helped.

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