The mouth is sewn silken thread and alas, the teddy bear was loved just enough to lose one of its amber glass eyes. There are a few spots where little boy hugs, tummy rubs, and nose kisses show just a bit of wear but IMO this little guy is looking darn good with very few small spots of missing fur. Everything about this Teddy Bear tells me its from the early 1930s -- type of fur, length of limbs, felt pads, metal / tin nose, and crunchy sounding innards. AND this little guy looks almost identical to other Knickerbocker identified bears. Unfortunately no tag on the backside.
I understand, however, that the earliest bears did not have tags and there does not appear to have any remnants of a tag, another indication it is a very early bear. A perfect gift under the tree for the teddy bear collector in your life or if you need just one more person sitting around the table to have a tea party with your other dollies. Ear to foot: 13"Head to foot: 12-1/2"Arms: 4-3/4"Legs: 5-1/2"Torso: 5" x 3-1/2" x 2-1/2. About Knickerbocker Teddy Bears The first bears ascribed to Knickerbocker are from around 1925, when the company started to use permanent labels.
The company was proud to produce high quality toy animals and called them'Animals of Distinction'. The Knickerbocker bears were by far the best American bears from that period, but still quite affordable. The Popularity of Teddy Bears In November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt visited the southern United States to help settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. While on the trip, Roosevelt went bear hunting, but had little luck. Others in his party did find a bear, which, cornered near a water hole, fought with and killed one of the group's hunting dogs.When Roosevelt saw what had happened, he ordered his men to humanely put the wounded bear out of its misery. Clifford Berryman, a newspaper cartoonist for the Washington Post witnessed the incident and turned it into a cartoon. Called "Drawing the Line in Mississippi, " the cartoon depicted Roosevelt's dual accomplishments on the trip - negotiating border disputes and protecting wildlife. To Berryman's surprise, the cartoon was published in newspapers across the country. However, the bear had not really been the helpless animal Berryman had first drawn, but, rather, an angry animal that just killed a dog. So, the cartoon, as well as the story of Roosevelt's hunting trip, was given a new spin. Berryman redrew the cartoon, changing the angry bear to a small, frightened-looking cub. The newly invented legend said that, after having poor luck hunting, Roosevelt was given the opportunity to shoot a bear a cub that his staff had captured. This account of Roosevelt's trip caught on and soon the cub was appearing in all of Berryman's cartoons featuring the president. "Teddy's bear, " as it came to be called, quickly gained popularity with Americans of all ages.
The small cub sparked the imagination of Morris Michtom, the owner of a small novelty store in Brooklyn, New York. Michtom's wife stiched several plush toy replicas of the bear for sale in the family store. Roosevelt responded positively, and the Teddy Bear was born. The Knickerbocker Teddy Bear the most authentic reproductions of original teddy bears are manufactured by the knickerbocker Toy Company, established by the Van Whye family in 1869.
The toy bear inspired by President Roosevelt was mass-produced by Knickerbocker from 1920 to 1960. The company has journeyed back into its archive to recreate the early craftsmanship of its first bears. About the Estate From the estate of a man with Scandinavian heritage that traveled extensively throughout Europe, North America, the Pacific Islands, and Asia. He had a keen eye for great craftsmanship, artistry, and mid-century modern design aesthetic. Pieces from his estate are in either new/never used condition or have been kept in exceptional shape.
This most likely was the estate owners bear as a child. He was the original owner. Please look closely to ensure you are purchasing with confidence.
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Feedback I leave feedback weekly for customers with cleared payments. If our service or product did not meet your expectations in any way, please contact me so I have the opportunity to resolve the issue. The item "VTG Knickerbocker Brown Mohair Teddy Bear Tin Nose 13 Moving Limbs Glass Eye" is in sale since Wednesday, November 25, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Bears\Antique".The seller is "123pamelaann" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, China, Mexico, Germany, Japan, France, Australia, Russian federation, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, 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.