‘Hestia’ 1940s, 26″ Steiff Bear

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Hestia is a very rare large antique very old Steiff bear from the 1940s. She has the pale blonde mohair seen at this time and still has part of the US-Zone cloth label on the back of the arm seam. (This dates a bear to being made in the occupied area of Germany controlled by the USA after WW2. This label was only used between 1947-1953)

She is a very large bear standing at 26” (67cm) to the top of her ears. Her pale blonde mohair is good for her age and size. With some age wear around her tummy seam, back of her heel, and around her muzzle mostly. There is some age discolouration to her fur mostly on the back of the head. She in on her second set of felt paw pads added some time ago they have some age wear.
Her tilt growler still works well. She is In original condition.

She has a really beautiful face and has the age charm and character of Steiff with history to them and age. Some signs of age wear, as to be expected with a bear this size and age, a small area under her neck near the seam, and a tiny hole in the fabric by her nose. She is still overall in better condition than many of the larger Steiff bears we have seen in this size. No longer has a button these were often removed for safety reasons before being given to children. She is from a smoke-free home.

If you love your old Steiff bears with huge personalities she is one for you. She is not ‘perfect’ but she is ‘perfect’ in herself, a truly adorable bear.

Email for her photo file. £650 ON HOLD