Steiff Black Mourning Bear

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2015-06-26 10:50:12

Steiff Black Mourning bear is a teddy bear manufactured by Steiff in 1912 to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic. The bear

Five hundred Black Mourning bears were made in May 1912, especially for the British market. The bears were made to show empathy for the loss of the passengers of the R.M.S. Titanic.

The teddy bear is made of black mohair with black boot button eyes. The bear has a pronounced clipped muzzle and a black stitched nose, mouth and claws. He has a swivel head and joined elongated arms. The pads of the paws and the hump are made of felt. The bear has a somewhat mournful, sombre expression on its face.

The bears were black to reflect the high levels of mourning around the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic.

In 1992, Steiff created a limited edition replica of the Mourning Bear, producing and selling only 7000 replicas.

Notable sale

A Steiff Mourning bear sold for £10,755 at a Christie’s auction in London on June 4 2004.

On December 4 2000, a Mourning Bear was sold for £91,750, the second highest price paid for a teddy bear at auction. This particular example was left in a cupboard for nearly 90 years as the owner took an immediate dislike to it.

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