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Rod Elephant 1904

Rod Elephant 1904
"Roderick" is a rare large rod-jointed elephant made of burlap and dating very precisely to 1904. He comes with an X-ray which clearly shows the early "primitive" jointing system which consisted of heavy metal rods passing from limb to limb and to the head.


Provenance: He belonged to the De Winton family. Faith De Winton owned him all her life and included is a postcard dated 1905 which is addressed to Faith at Buckingham House, Brecon, Wales and features an Indian picture of a water carrier.
The De Winton family had large connections with India which probably explains why this elephant was so very special to them.



There is some wear to the feet, but Roderick remains in nice original and strong condition - he is very heavy and sits well. Measuring an impressive 16" long

Roderick does not have a button in ear, but it is possible he never actually had one as he is one of the first elephants of his kind created by Steiff. The button-in-ear trademark swiftly became associated with Steiff products and was registered at the patent office on December 20th 1904 and legally confirmed in writing in May the following year.


Many more photos are available on request.

Additional pics HERE and HERE and HERE 
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