Doll & Teddy Bear Sale - Tuesday 29th January 2019 HIGHLIGHTS
The Doll and Teddy Bear sale held on the 29th of January featured two private owner collections. The North Yorkshire Rupert the Bear Collection, featured 51 lots of bears, diecast vehicles, jigsaws, puzzles and games, pictures, books and annuals, figurines and collectables from the popular character; and The Joan Donachie Collection Part 1, included 163 lots of miniature vintage animals and bears, including Schuco and Steiff and “Solider Bob” a soldier bear. The collection also included British vintage bears from Chiltern, Chad Valley, Farnell, Tyford and Merrythought, plus others, as well as French, German and American bears. Other items in the sale included Artists bears, Charlie bears, Chic-a Boo, Sally B Gollies and Gills Gollies and teddies, plus hard plastic, vinyl and porcelain dolls from Palitoy, Pedigree, Zwergnase, Anette Himstedt and many others. There was a selection of dolls clothing and fabrics, plus wigs, accessories and magazines, and a number of trade boxes of Barbies.
Charlie Bears Isabelle Collection Pierre panda bear, SJ 3993B, LE 300, designed by Isabelle Lee, cinnamon and cream mohair, wearing a clown's ruff and conical hat, with swing label certificate, carry bag, trade carton, Mint, 13"/33cm.
Coquette original porcelain artist ballerina doll, by Sylvia Weser (Germany), 2004, LE 2/3, grey/green inset eyes, blonde hair, porcelain torso and lower limbs, leather upper arms with wire armature, leather lower body, wearing elaborate tulle, lace, shirred silk and beaded costume, hand-made by the artist, sandals, with tulle fairy wings, pill box hat, wicker basket containing bird, custom stand, certificate of authenticity, Excellent Plus, 24"/61cm.
Anabelle original porcelain artist doll, by Francirek & Oliveira (Canada), LE 4/10, brown glass eyes, blonde hair, cloth body with bisque lower limbs, wearing white antique lace and cotton clothing, seed pearl necklace and earrings, Excellent Plus to Near Mint, 28.5"/72cm.
Lilou original porcelain artist doll, by Ruth Treffeisen (Germany), LE 22/45, blue/grey glass eyes, blonde hair, cloth body with bisque limbs, wearing ecru lace dress and matching bonnet, pearl necklace, cotton knitted socks, leather shoes, with certificate, Excellent Plus to Near Mint, 24"/61cm.
Hildegard Gunzel Nina original wax over porcelain artist doll, LE 1/20 Europe, 2002, with signed certificate, swing label, green/grey glass eyes, blonde wig, cloth body with wax over porcelain limbs, wearing green silk dress and velvet hat, cotton and silk undergarments, golden stockings, golden leather shoes, complete with porcelain doll within box, copy of Puppen und Spielzeug magazine (advertisement to rear features this doll), Excellent to Near Mint, in Fair original box; 34"/86cm.
Steiff vintage cinnamon mohair centre seam large teddy bear, German, circa 1909, with underscored "f" button, black boot button eyes, vertically stitched black nose and mouth, fully jointed, repaired felt pads, black claw stitching, hump to back and elongated arms, repairs to ankles, hole behind left knee, restitched finishing seam to tops of legs, loss of mohair to feet, torso and around eyes, colour generally even and Good, overall original and Good Plus, wearing velvet jacket with lace collar and cuffs, 24"/61cm.
Merrythought "Slumber Cat", blonde mohair with pink artificial silk body, British, 1930s, embroidered label to right foot, green and black inset glass eyes, painted nose, horse hair whiskers, wool outer ears, felt inner ears, unjointed, inoperative press squeaker, wearing white cotton bib, discoloured overall with some thinning to mohair and plush, otherwise Good; 16"/41cm.
"Binker" Chiltern vintage Hugmee teddy bear (named after the poem from A A Milne's book, "Now We Are Six"), British, 1930s, blonde long pile curly mohair, clear glass eyes with black pupils and brown painted backs, vertically stitched black hook nose, shaven muzzle, fully jointed, velveteen pads with card lined feet (initial "B" has been drawn onto the sole of each foot), black claw stitching, press squeaker, some minor wear, Excellent, 21"/54cm.
"Lily", early American vintage teddy bear, 1908-1912, blonde mohair, replacement boot button eyes, remains of pink stitched nose and mouth, fully jointed, felt pads (repaired and restitched), front seam restitched, mohair is balding in places and fragile, stuffing shifted within limbs, Fair to Fair Plus, 17.5"/44cm.
Steiff vintage rare Purzel (somersault) elephant, German, Art No 9323, 1909-1910, button with underscored "f" and remains of white paper tag, grey mohair, black boot button eyes, felt tusks, fully jointed, black toe stitching, mohair and felt tusks a little discoloured, slight bald patch to left forehead, tip of trunk and left hind leg, mechanism is free and partially engaging but does not operate, otherwise Excellent, 12.75"/32cm. NB: The elephant is the rarest of all Steiff tumbling animals- only appearing in the catalogue for two years.
Steiff vintage rare Jocko monkey, German, c 1930, uppercase letters with underscored "f" button (with remains of white tag behind), ginger* mohair, brown and black glass eyes, felt inset face, cream mohair chin, felt ears, hands and feet, fully jointed, slight discolouration / wear to mohair and felt, small hole to felt left cheek, left little felt finger is holed, mohair thinning to right cheek and torso (inoperative press squeaker), otherwise Good Plus to Excellent, 11"/28cm. NB: *This is not a standard Steiff line item and is highly desirable in this colour.
Steiff light blonde mohair vintage cat, early (pre 1915), green glass eyes with black pupil and flat back with darker black outer rim, right and left eyes both have chips, remains of pink stitched nose and horse hair whiskers and feelers, fully jointed (with felt-lined neck) and jointed tail, pink four-claw stitching, inoperative press squeaker, wear to mohair on base of feet, would benefit from cleaning, Fair Plus, 13"/33cm.