HERMANN SONNEBERG MUSEUM BEAR
#13 – 2006
Very Limited Edition of 750 Worldwide.
Hermann make a special bear each year for the Sonneberg Toy Museum, and the first bear of each edition is donated to the museum so that they will be preserved for posterity.
This lovely bear comes with a red leather collar and a pair of sheepskin boots, as worn by the Bavarian farmers to keep their feet from freezing in the permafrost of winter. The boots can be worn by the bear, or displayed next to him, so that the embroidered details on his feet can be seen.
He also comes with a wooden farm cart, and a miniature hand made mohair cat, also wearing a red collar.
Made from quality German mohair, with excelsior filling, and has a growler voice.
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A LITTLE ABOUT THE SONNEBERG MUSEUM.
The Sonneberg Museum is one of the oldest toy museums in the world. In the possession of the museum there are some old Teddy Bears made by Max Hermann, who gave these bears to the museum in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The idea of Max Hermann was to give Teddy Bears to the museum for protection, so that they will be preserved for prosperity. In 1994 Ulla Hermann decided to design a special bear for the Sonneberg Toy Museum every year and to give always the number 001 of each model to the museum. This bear is handed over to the president of the museum every December for the previous year.
These bears are then released in a European (250) and an American (500) Editions in January of the following year. In Australia we mostly get the European Editions but when they sell out we can often get the American ones.
The common sign of all of these Sonneberg museum bears is the embroidered representation of the “Sonneberg Little Horseman” as the symbol of the old tradition of Sonneberg Toys.
Sonneberg is a town in Thuringia , Germany , capital of the district Sonneberg . Till the 19th century it was very well known for its toy industry.
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