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During the first decade of the 20th Century, several large and many small American teddy bear companies competed with the Steiff Company. Unfortunately, with few exceptions (for example BMC and Aetna) most of these companies did not have identifying tags or stamps which survived time. We know their characteristics only through catalogs and advertisements from this period and anecdotal information passed on generationally. This lovely American bear, circa 1910, is five way jointed with dark gold mohair, shoe button eyes, a stitched black nose and excelsior stuffing. Small 20" American bears are seen more often, but this fellow is a large 20" example oozing with personality. A bit of fur loss to lower legs and muzzle.
Condition: Dimensions: 20" T.

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Early 20" American Bear.

Estimate $400 - $600Oct 3, 2018