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Beautiful Hecla

Beautiful Hecla
Harriet is a gorgeous American Hecla bear dating 1906 who was fabulous antique clothes that have belonged to her for many moons. The dress is now faded on the outside but fits her perfectly and comes complete with undergarments (see photos). Harriet is in lovely, original condition with rust coloured nose and claw stitching, glass eyes and a lovely expression. She has worn her clothes for so long that the mohair has lightened on her paws and feet, there is some overall wear to the mohair but she remains in strong condition and is one of the nicest examples we have had in a long time. Harriet is filled with wood wool and measures 14 tall

Hecla bears were made around 1906 by a work force believed to comprise German immigrants living in New york. Numerous toy companies set themselves up across America at this time to compete with the established German toy maker, Steiff. Hecla bears were made using finest materials and, although the company failed to market itself effectively and ceased production within a couple of years, the quality of workmanship and rareity of their bears ensured a place in history and they are very much in demand today. A Hecla's main features inlcude blonde or cream mohair, painted black glass eyes (or occasionally shoe button in the larger bears), rusty red coloured nose and woodwool stuffing. Some have been found containing scraps of New York newspapers! The sizes ranged from 8" to 24" and it is very possible that a Hecla bear was used to advertise Teddy Bear Bread

Additional pics HERE and HERE and HERE 
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