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Steiff 403453 Teddy bear replica 1908 RMS Black Mohair with growler

The story of the Six Coloured Teddy Bears.

It was 1908 and Otto Steiff, along with the Steiff representative for England – Herbert Hughes, commissioned six coloured bears for presentation in London. Four were sent ahead, their colours … pink, yellow, black and green, they crossed the channel, but were never seen again … that is until now, with thanks to a Steiff Collector who recognised the importance of this ‘black’ 1908 bear.

The bear was given the name Bruno by his owner and is the only one of the missing four bears, ever to have been discovered. The Steiff archivist was able to confirm his date, due to his red stitched claws and fine overall sculpting. He was especially interested in his single mouth stitch, that marries with the original 1907 black prototype, designed by Richard Steiff, bringing all the evidence together and confirming his identity.

The ‘Bruno’ 1908 Replica is a 35 cm / 13.7″ fully jointed teddy bear, with a resonating, tip and tilt growler. He is sewn from the finest, luxuriously dense black mohair especially recreated by Steiff Schulte for this specific piece, with a lighter coloured cotton backing, just like the original. He has contrasting warm, wool felt paws and is lovingly stuffed with excelsior, whilst his glossy black wooden eyes, shine out above his expertly trimmed muzzle, which is the perfect platform for his hand stitched nose (the thread matches the hue of his paws) and pre-mentioned stitched mouth. In keeping with his being a replica, he proudly ‘bears’ a replica patinated steel ‘button in the ear’ and replicated ear tag of the time. He also wears the 2022 side seam tag and chest tag. His importance to Steiff’s teddy bear history is enormous!

Bruno is a Worldwide Limited Edition of just 1,908 bears and will come to you boxed, with his numbered certificate of authenticity.

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Approx size: 35 (cm)

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Suitable for: Collector

Teddy Bear Passport *

Miniature replica of the British Passport, with identity, visa pages, and notes pages. 9x6cm by Merrythought


PLU : 48496
ISBN/UPC : 4001505403453
MPN : 403453

We currently use Royal Mail for UK deliveries, offering services 1-2 working days and upto 5 working days, delivery to remote areas, during busy seasons and severe weather may take longer.
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UK delivery

We currently use Royal Mail for UK deliveries, offering services 1-2 working days and upto 5 working days, delivery to remote areas, during busy seasons and severe weather may take longer.

Please note someone needs to be to receive the package, or depending on courier chosen you can select Safe Place, Deliver to Neighbour, or Delivery Date. Please ensure any request is given in ample time to be processed.

We also offer Click and Collect at our Taunton, Somerset Store

Minimum Order Value excluding shipping is £10

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Europe delivery

We Use Royal Mail / State Postal Service with estimated delivery 3-8 days dependent on customs


Minimum Order Value excluding shipping is £10

Recipient will be liable for import duties and taxes as deemed by in country customs.

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World-wide delivery

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Our promise

Hey, if your chosen cuddle is not for you, this is not a problem, you have 30 days from receipt, to send it back to us, at your cost too: World of Bears, 20 Lower middle Street, Taunton, TA1 1SF.

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About us

Elaine and her team at The Gorge Bear Co and World of Teddy Bears would like to extend an invitation for you to visit her and her many beary friends, over eighteen thousand in fact!

Being established since 1999 in Somersets Cheddar Gorge and County Town of Taunton. The Gorge Bear Co and World of Bears are renowned for being the worlds best and biggest teddy bear cuddly soft toy shop most people will have ever visited.

Don’t be surprised if your breath is taken away as you enter either of these shops. There is something suitable for everyone, from young to old, collectible to cuddly soft toys and something for everyone’s budget.

What are our customers saying?

Firework is fabulouse. Very happy with her.

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A very prompt service

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Quick and lovely

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Back up for existing bear who is very much loved!

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Friendly and excellent service.

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Fantastic service, very pleased

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Absolutely fine

Debbie Durling
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Lovely gift for my next grandchild. Their sex is unknown until they arrive so the neutral green was perfect.

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I shop at World of Bears quite a bit. I fine them very friendly and will to do what they can for the customer. They sell a lot of my favourite brands, so I don't have to go hunting around on the internet.

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Excellent service. My bear arrived quickly and was in a lovely gift box ready for gifting.

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