LATE 1920s STEIFF MOHAIR BEGGING RABBIT WITH BUTTON AND MUSTER BUTTON.
Rabbit is begging, head jointed, and made from white and light gold mohair. He has three tan hand-embroidered claws on his back legs. His long ears were lined in wire and were originally posable. His face is detailed with large black and brown pupil eyes, a pink hand-embroidered nose and mouth, and a clear monofilament whisker. Nonworking squeaker in belly. He has a Steiff “Muster” button, indicating that this particular item was actually designed as an in-house sample that was not meant for outside distribution. This beloved and popular design was produced in sizes ranging from 11 to 70cm overall in light brown, white, gold, purple, pink, and light blue from 1926 through 1933. Rabbit retains his button, Muster button, and partially legible red ear tag as his Steiff IDs. SIZE: Overall 10″ t (25cm). PROVENANCE: Chuck & Cathy Steffes Collection. CONDITION: Metal in ears broken. Slight playwear, rubbing at belly area. Otherwise very good. 1-13802 (1,300-2,600) – Lot 3039
Auction: Advertising, Toy & Doll - Spring 2014
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