made of finest 100% RMS mohair, certified by Control Union Cert 881601 white 5-way jointed, head and limbs are loosely attached to the body with black wooden shoe button eyes stuffed with wood shavings (excelsior) limited edition of 904 pieces with “Button in Ear” featuring elephant motif made of patinated steel 40 cm / 16 inches surface washable brand new with numbered certificate of origin and limited edition box CAUTION! This product is not a toy and is intended for adult collectors only. UPC: 4001505403521 Richard Steiff gifted his bears movement, he turned them upright, jointed their limbs and thus was born the now world-famous Teddy bear. Richard first used string and discs as a method of jointing his bears. Richard then adopted metal rods for jointing his bears. Recognised as the second stage of Richard’s development following the string jointed method, rod jointed bears are viewed as a true treasure. A golden mohair would be Richard’s favoured choice, but he made very few using a white mohair resulting in such examples becoming great rarities. It is a white rarity replicated here. True to the original he has “rod” joints, large black boot button eyes, horizontal seam from ear to ear, sealing was nose, pink stitched mouth and five black stitched claws. He also wears a period correct elephant “Button in Ear”. He encapsulates all those early characteristics and is proud to represent and celebrate one of the earliest surviving designs of Richard Steiff, a true marvel.