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Rare French Pull-toy Bear with Bisque Boy and Girl Riders

Lot Number: 
140
12" (30 cm.) Paper mache bear with golden mohair "fur" has elaborate leather harness and muzzle with silver trim,glass eyes,spoked wheels on feet,and is supporting a little bisque-head boy and girl,each glass eyes,open mouth,mohair wig,carton torso,wire upper arms and legs,carved wooden hands and feet,and wearing their factory original costumed. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Germany 8/0 (dolls). Comments: for the French market,circa 1890,a leather pull handle allows the bear to be pulled along and a chain from the boy's left hand causes the whip to move up and down when pulled. Value Points: an amusing and well-preserved toy.
Realized Price: 
$3,800
Presale Estimate: 
2000/3000