This very rare, Austrian Vogel Wien bear is wood-wool stuffed and was made in the style of a teddy baby, with an open felt-lined mouth and playful down-turned paws. Angelo is fully-jointed and has back-painted glass eyes, now worn mostly clear, plus a signature metal nose.
His felt pads are in good condition, though both feet have darned repairs. All his claws are intact, and also his squeaker. Apart from his head being a tad wobbly, but secure, Angelo is in lovely original condition, with plenty of caramel-coloured mohair.
Having originated in Vienna, Angelo is dressed in his choir boy’s outfit. He lost his suitcase while en route to the UK, so we made the outfit for him, using a Victorian cotton nightdgown embroidered with his name initial, and a collar from the same garment. He also wears a guiding star sterling silver pendant, and travels with his Vienna Boys’ Choir CD, featuring 22 tracks.
The Vienna Boys’ Choir is one of the best known boys’ choirs in the world, and dates back to the late Middle Ages. It’s a choir of boy sopranos and altos based in Vienna, Austria, and is a private, non-profit organisation. There’s around 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, and they are divided into four touring choirs named after Austrian composers – Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. They perform about 300 concerts each year.