Yura - Centre Seam Polar Bear, Very Rare Early Antique Teddy, 1908-1917
This is Yura, a very early and rare, jointed Polar Bear. She was almost certainly made by Steiff or Strunz, but has no button to identify her.
In Inuit, her name means "One Who Is Beautiful", and she truly is wonderful.
Her limbs are jointed, and her neck was constructed with a special ball-joint, meaning that it can be manipulated to allow her to look up, down and side to side - this is different to later versions which had a tail-moves-head mechanism, and fixed limbs.
She stands 14cm tall and was made around 1910. She looks very similar to Steiff's "Polarbaer" which is can be seen on page 44 of Pfeiffer's "Steiff Sortiment 1982-1943"
She would be great anyway, but what makes her extra special is that her head has a centre-seam.
Her squeaker no longer works, and two of her felt pads are torn, but other than a small stain under her neck and some very small holes close to her shoulder joint she’s in really nice condition.
Please note this is a vintage toy that is not intended for small children.