Hi everyone, I am new to the discussion board. I just purchased a great old mohair monkey the seller claimed to be a 1910 Steiff but I do not believe it is (he is old but I don't think a Steiff). His face, hands, feet and ears look to be a more velvet material which has partially worn away leaving a linen look. Also he has felt or velvet upper eyelids only (not sewn they look to wrap around the top of eyes). His legs are bent in a permanent sitting postion (he is approx 10" tall sitting) He is jointed and has a squeeker (non working). He has a faded red beard which is unusal, thru much searching I cannot seem to identify him. I was thinking Bing, but not sure. I collect steiffs and other mohair animals and think he is really special. I would love to know how old he is and who may have manufactured him... I've attached a picture. any info would be greatly appreciated.
Looks more like a Schuco to me but I will check some of my books - great monkey!
I'm crazy about monkeys. I'll attach a few of my monkey pictures and you can see if any of these seem to match up with yours. These two are an early Bing tumbler and then two monkeys that I have always thought were British. Their faces and hands/feet are linen and there is a little airbrushing or painting to show nostrils and on the fingers. The mohair is beautiful. Their legs are bent into permanent sitting positions.
I think your monkey matches up best with my two monkeys that I think are British. I have never been able to ID their manufacturer. Another "monkey" person has also tried and not been able to ID them. He does remind me of Schuco because his beard is a different color, and they liked to work with color. But the eyelids, linen with some painted features, and the legs bent under the body are like my British guys. My monkey on the left (in that picture) also has a luxurious white beard. They're my favorite monkeys and it has annoyed me for a very long time now that I don't know who made them.
Thanks so much for all the reference information photos.
I agree that he resembles the British Monkeys for sure.
The linen/velvet face,feet/ears are the biggest difference with other monkeys, so many are felt. Also the bent up legs. Well it may go unanswered as yours have but he is sweet and will stay in my collection! I know he is old and in great condition and will try to keep him safe. again, thank you for sharing your pics and information. If I find anything out I'll post it for sure.