Open Mouth Bear
Fechter Spielwaren Tag
5 Way Jointed
Made in the 1960's
Growler Half Working
Brown Dralon / Wool Fur
30 cm / 12 inch Long
24 cm / 9.5 inch sitting
This bear is more then 50 years old
It is common practice to define "antique",
as applying to objects at least 50 years old.
Has been kept Storaged by Owner
This item will be shipped Worldwide
by TNT Post Netherlands.
Method used: IPP Airmail Priority Signed For with Tracking.
Fechter Bears - The History
Fechter is the best known of the Austrian Bear makers
making bears from 1930 to 1979
Owned by Wilhelm & Berta Fechter of Neustadt Germany
Berta learned her trade working at the
Nicol Steiner Factory in 1949
Registered their business in a house in Leonhardbach district
First materials used were American army blankets & towels
Then they used excellent quality Mohair
Berta who was such a hard worker made sure
everything was run absolutely perfect
She would make sure her employees were always working
to make her bears the best and would often say
" No time for idle chat "
Anyone who worked for her would apprentice for 3 years in college
to learn everything they could about bear making
and then apprentice again at her factory..
All Fechter Bears were VERY EXPENSIVE to buy
and they wouldnt sell them through department stores
which made them harder to obtain..
The bears were made with mohair and had open mouths..
Very few had closed mouths and are rare and hard to find now.
Austrian buyers loved the open mouths
Uk buyers loved the closed mouths
1960's - 1970's
Major expansion and the factory was moved
to Wies in 1973.
Wies is a town in the district of Deutschlandsberg in Styria in Austria.
From 1973 Fechter began to use the Styria Tags.
Sadly Berta Fechter died
and her husband Wilhelm took over
the factory until 1979..
Wilhelm Fechter passed away in 1983
and the contents of the factory sold to a dealer from Usa
As you can see the history of Fechter Bears
is very interesting
and to actually own one of these bears
is a must have for any true bear collector
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