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Big Antique 30s 40s Cream White Teddy Bear - Austrian French No Mohair Shabby Worn Vintage Wood Stuffed Toy Animal Steiff Large Teddy Bear

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This large, chunky, handsome antique "no mohair" teddy is a mystery bear, though the previous collector's information tag says he is Austrian. I added "French" to my title because he looks a lot like a French bear I saw in a collectors' book. He has a nice friendly expression! He is firmly stuffed with wood wool /excelsior and feels "crunchy"; his fur is made of creamy ivory-white cotton fleece (an alternative to mohair that was sometimes used as a mohair substitute in times of scarcity). He is jointed at the head, shoulders and hips. He has a growler in his belly that still works - if you tilt him at just the right angle, he will let out a funny little grunt! There is a scrap of red ribbon at his neck that looks like it was once a bow.

This likable guy was probably made in the early 20th century -- 1930s or 1940s. He is ready for a new home that will give him lots of affection. He would look fantastic as part of a "shabby chic" cottage decor, or a display of vintage Christmas toys - he's so nice and big and solid!

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This big guy measures in at about 19 inches or 48.26 cm long/tall, and weighs about 1.154 kilos.


{{Condition}}

This is an attractive bear, but he does show some wear commensurate with his age - he has a "shabby chic" appeal. I found a repair to the fabric at the back of one arm, near the joint; the arm joints feel a little stiff and don't turn as well as they once did. There is some light overall surface grubbiness, and a spot/stain under one arm that is visible in my photos (I had some luck getting this to lighten with careful cleaning, and it would probably respond to more cleaning -- this must be done with care, though, since the wood stuffing inside should not be gotten wet).

The glass eyes look as if they once had a colored backing, but it has mostly worn away now so that the outer parts of the eyes are clear.

The bear has no bad odors.


{{Shipping}}

I live in Canada, and will be shipping via Canada Post. I apologize for their high rates! I will refund any overcharge on shipping over $1 -- I'm not out to make money on shipping fees. I will combine shipping for multiple purchases wherever possible.

US BUYERS: Because of the bear's weight, I will have to use Expedited mail for this package. It is more pricey but it includes a tracking number and is usually pretty fast. I will charge a flat rate of $26 and take care of any additional fees. The delivery estimate is 4 to 6 business days. Express and Priority mail are also available for an additional charge.

CANADIAN BUYERS: Expedited parcel post within Canada will be a flat rate of $25; I will pay any additional fees. This price includes tracking and insurance. I can often combine multiple purchases to save you money for shipping within Canada.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING outside Canada and the US: Unfortunately, this is such a big, heavy package that it will be expensive to send overseas. I can send by XPresspost for $100; this service includes tracking and insurance coverage, and has a guaranteed delivery time of 4-6 business days.

Big Antique 30s 40s Cream White Teddy Bear - Austrian French No Mohair Shabby Worn Vintage Wood Stuffed Toy Animal Steiff Large Teddy Bear


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: cotton plush, plush, fabric, wood wool, excelsior, antique, vintage, glass eyes
  • Ships from Canada to select countries.
  • Feedback: 207 reviews
  • Favorited by: 48 people