(1907) Aetna Hankster
Hankster is a 15" Aetna bear, His once white mohair has faded to a creamy lamb shade. He has original reverse painted glass eyes, five rust floss claws on each paw and foot. Original pads with one small hole on hand that I have placed a piece of felt in to stop the cork filling from falling out. Card lined feet and original rust floss nose and mouth. One ear has popped a stitch and I have pinned it in place. Hankster’s torso is kapok stuffed and I believe his limbs and head are cork stuffed. He is completely original and could use a bath, but I wanted to leave him in as found condition. He is a rare 1907 bear with a nice humpback and prominent profile.
About Aetna Teddy Bears
- Aetna Toy Animal Co. was founded in 1901 in New York. From 1906 until 1915 they sold the Aetna-bear, which originally was called the Keystone-bear.
- Aetna trademark: The Aetna Toy Animal Company marked their Teddy Bears with a black, printed, oval line around their name, which was placed on the right feet.
- Teddy Bears from Aetna are very rare, especially outside the USA, because the company only made bears for a couple of years.
|Features||Heart shaped nose attributed to Aetna.|
|Pads||Felt carded pads, replaced paws .|