will recognise Old Boy, because he is the official mascot of My Teddy Bear
Museum , and a truly cherished part of my collection . Old Boy is an absolutely
gorgeous 28 inch tall Steiff Bear with features typical of Steiff Bears from the
1920s. He sports an embossed Steiff button with underscored F in his left ear,
large vertically embroidered shield shaped nose with dropped central stitches
, long curved tapering arms with 4 claws on each pawpad , and long curved legs
with narrow ankles ending with long narrow feet with beige felt pads reinforced
with card. There are also 4 claws on the feet. Most typically, Old Boy has large
clear glass eyes with brown painted backs and black pupils , dating it to the
post World War 1 1920s era.
typical of this era was the introduction of kapok stuffing to the body in addition
to woodwool, giving its body a slightly plumper look than earlier Steiff bears.
side view clearly shows the plump fat body with a prominent hump, and the lovely
long tapering arms and legs .
Steiff bears of this era
also sport a shaved muzzle. .
many vintage bears that have survived generations, Old Boy sports holes in his
pawpads , exposing the woodwool stuffing in his paws. His head would have been
completely stuffed with woodwool, also known as Exelsior , although kapok would
have been added to his body to make it softer and more cuddly.
showing signs of his age, Old Boy has that wonderful look that vintage bears which
have been played with, passed down from generation to generation, sport .... a
relaxed , comfortable look, filled with years of whispered
look at that face ! Steiff bears from the 1920s with their large soulful eyes
and appealing round faces are to me the most beautiful of teddies throughout the
ages. They are truly the epitomy of everything that is appealing about teddy bears,
and Old Boy is a classic example of Steiff artistry at its peak !
first caught sight of Old Boy in 1993 at a Trade Fair in Singapore . 2 lovely
young enterprising ladies by the name of Ruth and Dee had just formed a new company
trading in teddy bears called Pawmarks , and they were exhibiting at the Trade
Fair. I had heard that they had brought in several antique bears, and interest
piqued, I made my way round the many makeshift stores at the Trade Fair looking
for the Pawmarks stall . When I caught my first glimpse of Old Boy , I gasped,
and it was truly love at first sight. THIS was my dream bear , and I just knew
that I had to have Old Boy in my collection.
it was not to be then, because he cost way too much for me to afford then . It
was heartrending not being able to buy him , but then, no one in Singapore at
that time could bear parting with that much money for a bear either, so Old Boy
was to return to Pawmarks with Ruth and Dee, with no one to claim him as their
the years, I paid many visits to Pawmarks , always to visit Old Boy, as he was
called by Ruth and Dee , who had by then decided not to sell him. It was not until
7 long years later that Ruth and Dee decided that it was time for Old Boy to find
a new home. He was to be put up for auction at Christies South Kensington , but
as Ruth and Dee knew how much I had loved the bear, they offered Old Boy to me
first . By this time, the price of vintage bears was at its peak, with many vintage
bears fetching astounding amounts at auctions run by Christies South Kensington,
and the price asked for Old Boy was significantly higher than he would have sold
for 7 years earlier. It was a difficult, difficult decision for me, but I was
not going to let the opportunity to bring Old Boy home with me slip through my
Old Boy is now the most cherished part of my humble Teddy Bear collection, and
the proud mascot of My Teddy Bear Museum , and it is my joy to be able to share
him with you in this way. I hope that you enjoy him too as much as I have over
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