The Duke is an elegant, long-nosed Steiff with an accentuated hump and original features, apart from a re-stitched nose and mouth. He’s wood-wool stuffed and has a growler that makes an occasional grunt. One of his back-painted glass eyes has been glued in, and all his felt pads are repaired. There’s some pinprick holes, especially to his right paw, and all but one of his claws are intact.
Both The Duke’s ears have been re-attached, and he still retains his Steiff button. There’s a small darn to the top of an arm, and a ‘tidemark’ around the base of his head. Overall, though, The Duke is a good strong bear and his joints work fine. His gold mohair is now sparse and very faded, with areas of total baldness, so he was obviously greatly loved in his youth.
The Duke is wearing his old suede Lederhosen shorts and cotton shirt, with neck ribbon and badge saying ‘You here again?” – no doubt the Savoy Hotel gave it to him! He also wears his souvenir Penthouse Suite key fob, and travels with his leather case packed with a few personal possessions. He’s ready for the off at a moments’ notice.