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Rare Harwin Bear c1916

Rare Harwin Bear c1916
In all our many years of collecting and dealing in antique teddy bears we have never purchased a British Harwin teddy bear dressed in original uniform and it is a pleasure to offer this exceptionally rare little chap for rehoming!

Harwin & Co was established in North London by G W Harwin in 1914. After the ban on the import of German goods, Harwin designed a series of "Ally" bears in 1916 dressed as mascots in uniforms of Allied Forces of World War 1. Among these were a British Officer, a Sailor, a Red Cross Nurse and different soldiers. The company closed around 1930, affected by the post-War depression.

Teddy is dressed as a British Officer complete with cap and gaitors. The uniform is now damaged in places with several holes and overall wear but the fact it has survived all these years is incredible. Ted is totally original with black stitched nose/mouth and boot button eyes. The mohair on his head is brighter under the cap as the photos show and he has been given additional WW1 badges. There are some holes to the felt pads but he is offered in untouched condition with no restoration and he is still a strong teddy! He is fully jointed and measures 11.5" tall. More photos available upon request.....



Additional pics HERE and HERE and HERE 

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