Trachtenmadel Johanna Bear by Hermann-Spielwaren GmbH, Coburg.
Limited Edition of only 27 pieces!
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This lovely collectors' piece is made of rich high-grade German mohair, fully jointed, with traditional excelsior filling.
HERMANN-Spielwaren GmbH, Coburg is one of the oldest still existing Teddy Bear companies in the world, founded in 1920. The company is world-famous for their craftmanship, extraordinary designs, exclusive small editions and that every bear, hand-made in Coburg, Germany has its own personality. Each bear is made by highly skilled craftsmen and women and they have won many prestigious Awards,
Hermann-Spielwaren GmbH, Coburg 19998-2 Folklore Girl Johanna is dressed in a costume made of the precious fabrics of more the 100 years old trousseau linen. Mohair, with traditional Excelsior filling, and a growler voice.
Size: 36 cm, 14 inches tall.
Limited to 27 pieces.
Hermann -Coburg write:
"Precious and never-coming-back Folklore Girl Johanna dressed in a costume made of the precious fabrics of a more than 100 years old trousseau linen.
Our folklore girl Johanna is an extraordinary treasure with a more than 100 years old history.
For the first time the clothing of a Teddy Bear was designed and manufactured of antique household linen, which was decorated with precious lace and pipings and which belonged once to a more than 100 years old trousseau. Until the early 20th century it was customary in Germany that young girls collected a basic equipment for their future marital household until the point of time of their marriage. These goods, which were named trousseau, were primarily high-quality home textiles, such as bedding or table linen, which were mostly crafted and sewn by the girls themselves to keep them in special trousseau chests or cabinets until marriage. These trousseau linens were normally of very valuable quality, because in the 18th and 19th century the housewifely qualities of the future bride were frequently assessed by the family of the groom on basic of her trousseau linens. This old tradition of collecting home textiles for the marriage or even making them by hand themselves lost its importance in the course of the 20th century and hardly found today.
With the increasing modernization of our everyday life especially the hand crafted trousseau linens often remained unused and served only as showcase pieces in the linen cabinets because they were much too valuable for everyday use. Such an over 100 years old trousseau linen which was never used is the basic of the clothing of our little Johanna. The apron was made of the cover of the so-called parade cushions which were decorated with precious lace inserts and fine-sewn pipings.
Special attention was paid to preserve in its original edging the precious antique bobbin lace which had been incorporated into the cushion cover. Also the dove-blue dress itself was sewn from an old, antique fabric, which once served as a day-blanket. In meticulous fine tuning the available linen pieces were measured and the individual cut parts for the dress and the apron were designed in such a way that a limited edition of 27 pieces emerged from this.
This edition is final and irretrievable.
The old lady to whom these textile treasures once belonged has passed away already a long time ago. However a few jewels from her never used trousseau linens have remained which were handed over to us by her family with the legacy to design from these textile fabrics something special for our Teddy Bears.
In the shape of our folklore girl Johanna these antique household linens have now awakened from their sleeping beauty sleep. As precious gem they bear witness now of a bygone time and of a long forgotten tradition how young girls prepared their marriage more than 100 years ago."- Hermann-Spielwaren GmbH, Coburg.
14" Folklore Girl Johanna (reg. $434.00)