I just found these old images of an exhibition I went to at the Barbican in London in 2008. It sh0wed 55 dolls that are wearing exact replicas of some ofViktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (or simply Victor & Rolf)
Checked out this Christie's auction from three years ago and saw these lovely three bears:
A Steiff PB 28 rod bear with rare white mohair, large black boot button eyes, pronounced part clipped muzzle, horizontal seam from ear to ear, gutta percha nose, pink stitched mouth, swivel head, rod jointed limbs with felt pads and five black stitched claws, hump and elephant with shaped trunk button in ear, circa 1904 --15in. (38.5cm.) high (very slight thinning to mohair). Sold for £25,200 including Premium.
This one was sold for qutie a bit above the reserve on the only auction The Toy Auctioneer did in December last year.
Damn, I missed this one. On the occasion of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger being elected as Pope on 19th April 2005 he took the name of Benedict XVI and now leads the Roman Catholic Church with its 1.1 billion members worldwide.
There just had to be a pope bear! He is 20 cm tall, not including his tiara, and crafted from highest-quality white mohair. He is fully jointed. His nose, mouth and claws are lovingly stitched by hand. Using a special dyeing process, his eyes have been matched to the actual colour of the Pope´s eyes.
One LEGO fan has build this church. It's outside my area of Teddy Bears but I thougt it was good enough... It is about 7 feet by 5 1/2 feet by 30 inches (2.2 m x 1.7 m x .76 m).
The term "Button in Ear" was registered as a trademark on 20th December 1904 and patented shortly therafter on 13th May 1905.
In 1908 a fabric tag with the product number printed on was added. Although only slight changes have been made to the button over the years, however, those changes are sufficient to offer today's Steiff collectors a means of determining the approximate date of a particular Steiff manufacture, very similiar to the silver marks stamped on silver in England since the 1600s..
In my next post I will endevour to show images of typical buttons for the last 100 years.