The ears have a very weathered velvet material in them if that helps identify him, but the velvet may have been a later addition as well. We think it's hand pads or arm ends were restitched after hands wore through and it's feet have been reworked at some time as you can see the old cloth wear in pictures. Most repairs look to be 50-90 years old or more as well.The family who owned this bear must have really loved him and it was likely a multi generational toy of the family from the estate we obtained item from. They did not appear to be collectors of such bears or toys of any kind in fact it was the only antique toy in the sale, so it kind of stuck out to us. Overall, the bear is still pretty solid but has had a lot of loving repairs done over the years as seen in pictures. The bear is roughly 14.5 tall. The eyes are button style (likely a repair) and the rest you can see from pictures. The bear also has some residual classic moth ball stale odor like it has been in a chest for 50+ years. We are hoping collectors may know the maker. Someone made him (or her) a pajama suit which we will include, but the pajama's appear many years newer. We are guessing the age of the bear to very close to 1900 if not a little older. We are aware most bear production (as in Teddy bears) began a few years into the early 1900's, but this may predate those. We have tried our best to describe the bear, but let us know if you have other questions.
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The item "Very Early Antique Straw Stuffed Mohair Teddy Jointed Bear Button Eyes Cir 1900" is in sale since Tuesday, June 16, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Bears\Antique". The seller is "new_life_antiques" and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation.