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EAN 021299 Steiff mohair Fritz Teddy bear with anniversary plate, dark green

Price $ 2,350.00, please call for shipping
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The Fritz Teddy bear with anniversary plate, is 50 cm in size, 5-way jointed and is limited to 135 pieces.

This brand new Margarete Steiff Editions has been produced in honor of Margarete Steiff GmbH celebrating 135 years in business.

These editions are truly works of art and the finest and most exclusive modern Steiff items available today. Starting with Teddy bear “Flowers” in 2004, the company has produced a total of nine of these zenith editions. All are characterized by extraordinary fabrics, exquisite designs and detailing, custom accessories, and unique IDs including a stainless steel “MS” button and a silver embroidered jacquard fabric ear tag. He is made from breathtaking dark green tipped Schulte mohair that was commissioned exclusively for this project.

When light hits his woolen surface, it simply glows and gives him a most distinguished appearance. This handsome bear is detailed with felt paw pads, a shaved muzzle, a nose cast from pewter, hand made glass eyes, a growler and matching silver colored embroidery on his claws and mouth.

Like his predecessor Franz, the design inspiration for Fritz was based on the remarkable history of the Steiff Company. The bear itself was named for Margarete’s brother, Fritz Steiff, who was instrumental in helping his sister grow her fledging felt company to a world-class toy manufacturer at the turn of last century. And it is interesting, and important to note that it was Fritz’s son, Franz, who invented the button-in-ear trademark in 1904. To celebrate these profoundly important family contributions, Teddy bear Fritz holds an anniversary plate that is decorated with 12 historic Steiff buttons - from the years 1904 through 2014 - which are presented in chronological order. These buttons were reproduced especially for this Margarete Steiff Edition. And the plate, which features an embossed elephant, was produced using an all-but-forgotten Steiff patent from the 1930’s. This technology allowed the production of seamless doll faces, replacing the company’s traditional center-seam constructed dolls that had been a mainstay in the product offering since the very early 1900’s. The Steiff design team partnered with felt expert and hat maker Peter de Vries from Hamburg, Germany to help bring this plate idea from concept to collector’s reality.

This piece is available only to Steiff Club members, and only through a worldwide lottery.

The bear comes in a collectors box with certificate of authenticity.

Size: 50 cm
Size: 20 inches
Edition Year: 2015
Edition Size: 135

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