Steiffgal's just going to have to take the bully pulpit here in reference to one of her latest finds. Always on the lookout for the next great discovery, Steiffgal was floored to spot this delightful doggie on eBay with the most reasonable "buy it now" price. She didn't think twice before hitting the purchase button... and is she ever glad she did! Let's take a look at this beautiful Bully and see what makes him so special from a design and historical perspective.
|Bully's Collar and Closure|
It's time to sit and stay and check out this 17 cm Steiff bulldog. Bully is sitting, head jointed, and made from black and white mohair. His face and muzzle area are tan velvet, which has darkened a little over time. His ears are lined in wire and are poseable. Bully has very large brown and black glass pupil eyes and a black, hand-embroidered nose. He has black hand embroidered claws on his four paws. Most remarkably, Bully retains his original and traditional horsehair collar. This is made from a long, thin strip of material which is doubled over width-wise; the horsehair fibers are sewn in between the faces of the material. The collar is held together with a little knot under Bully's chin, and is finished off with a little brass bell. A close up of the collar's construction is pictured here on the left. The horsehair collar was a typical accessory of the 1920s and indicated a "regal" nature of the item wearing it. In terms of Steiff ID, this pooch is blue ribbon all around, he has his long trailing “ff” style Steiff button and his crisp, fully legible red ear tag which reads "Steiff Original geschutzt 3317 Made in Germany."
|Bully's Ear Tag and Button|
|11 cm Bully on a Pincushion, c. 1928-29|
Steiffgal hopes this discussion on Steiff's Bully dogs has been worthy of a blue ribbon for you.
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