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The Perfect Baerle

The Perfect Baerle

The most MINT early Steiff bear we ever offered for sale!!

We are not exaggerating when we say this bear looks like he was just purchased from a department store and yet he is an incredible 112 years old! The most store-new bear we ever had the pleasure of offering for sale, complete with his ORIGINAL ribbon and teeny tiny blank button - this is a fantastic 16" tall WHITE WHITE 5-claw Steiff bear made in early 1905 and known as a "Baerle 35PAB" ("Baerle" is an affectionate term to use towards someone special or much loved - the name "Teddy Bear" wasn't yet used!). These new-look soft-filled cute looking bears with stitched noses rather than sealing wax and with a colourful neck ribbon were the ones which totally thrilled Margaret Steiff - because she was never very happy with the "clumsy" look of a rod bear. Baerle 35PAB (PAB stands for pluesh, angescheibt and beweglich - plush, disc-jointed and moveable) dates very precisely to early 1905. After this very short period, all bears were made with 4 claws and a larger blank button was used, followed by the FF button.

We can surely understand why Margaret Steiff was so thrilled when Richard Steiff designed this incredible, sweet-faced, soft "NEW LOOK" bear which was later to become the "teddy bear" - what a face!

This stunning bear has come directly from the granddaughter of the original owner and nobody was ever allowed to play with it - hence the mint condition it remains in to this day!
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