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Flying Bear up for auction

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It’s not often you get a Steiff teddy bear with impeccable military connections coming up for auction but that’s exactly what will be happening on June 15 at Special Auction Services of Newbury.

Squadron Leader Ted, wearing three miniature medals – two from WWI and the other a WWII Defence Medal, as the childhood toy of Sidney Herbery Moy, otherwise known as Bert. Born in December 1899, Bert joined the Royal Flying Corps aged 18 and was sent to the 6th Squadron at Oxford in the final year of WWI. He ferried numerous aircraft to the Western Front, with Ted strapped to the airframe every time. The teddy bear, plus accompanying documents and photos, is being sold by Bert’s grandson with an estimate of £2,000-£3,000. The grandson commented, “Ted used to get covered in oil and soot. Grandfather’s flight sergeant used to dunk him in a bucket of aviation fuel, and that’s probably why he still has quite a lot of fur.”

More details from www.specialauctionservices.com.

 

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