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Hecla c1906

Hecla c1906
This dear old 14.5" American Hecla bear dates c1906 and has a genuine letter of provenance together with an old postcard dated June 1914 Portland, Oregon. More details to follow....

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.

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