I have a set of two identical 8" Teddy Bears that I believe to be Steiff that were a gift from my deceased mother in approximately 1969-1971. I have spent hours combing the internet, and have never seen them come with custom made clothing, especially Lederhosen! They match other Steiff 8" Bears from that time period. They were bought new for us as children, and I believe they had the ear tags originally, but they are now missing. I also remember that she used to buy Christmas gifts from a New York specialty store called Hammacher- Schlemmer. I do not know if these where purchased there but that would be my first guess. I had an Auction house look at them some years ago, and they could not validate they were Steiff, but they did think so, and they also, had never seen the clothing items.
These were personal gifts to me and my sibling, by my mother, and I have owned them since new.(approx. 1969-1971 is my best guess)
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Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
A pair of vintage Steiff small blond mohair teddy bears
circa mid/late 1960s- early 1970s
Each with a set of handmade cotton clothing comprising a pair of green Lederhosen and one hat, a blue raincoat and matching short pants, red with white polka-dot clown costume and pointed hat, red-and-white gingham one-piece, two red-and-white gingham short-sleeved shirt, one short sleeved blue shirt and one short-sleeved white shirt. Additionally, one larger-printed red and white square (?)
Neither bear retains original ear tag
each 8 inches long
CONDITION: both appear to be in very good condition
PROVENANCE: original owners, possibly acquired at FAO Schwartz
$50-75 per bear or $100-150 for the pair together*
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.
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