Le Jouet Champenois (1930) Claude
Claude! Oh, what a handsome boy, I hear you say! Why yes, he is indeed, and what more would you expect from a French teddy bear? He is an exquisite example of a Le Jouet Champenois bear. This old chap stands at 22 inches tall (although he is too tall to stand) With a beautiful mustard mohair coat. His limbs move freely and he has THE BEST expression I have ever seen on a bear and lovely big clear glass eyes with painted centres - what a face. Claude is a handsome very hard to obtain Le Jouet Champenois Teddy Bear, circa 1930. He is wood-wool filled with his long slender body with elegant “neck” and slight hump to his back. He is in very good condition for his eighty plus years of age: retaining his original nose/mouth stitching, paw & feet pads, and a good coverage of mohair. Emile Thiennot was among the earliest of the French Teddy Bear makers. He initially worked for Marcel Pintel before setting up his own toy manufacturing company in 1919 out of Piney under the name Le Jouet Champenois. In 1920 Thiennot won an award of quality in a teddy bears competition held in his native France. Claude is a rare bear of pure French class.
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