Buffalo Pottery Roosevelt Bears ceramic pitcher or jug, with four sides having brown and polychrome transfer vignettes of bears engaged in various scenes from the book THE ROOSEVELT BEARS, THEIR TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES. Brown transfer mark on base: BUFFALO / POTTERY / 1907 / COPYRIGHT EDWARD STERN & C / UNDERGLAZE / WARRANTED. Buffalo, New York, circa 1907. 8" H. Note: After a famous hunting trip in which President Theodore Roosevelt spared the life of a bear, toymaker Morris Michtom and his company, the Ideal Toy Company, received permission from President Roosevelt to produce a toy called Teddy's bear. Other inspired products followed, including THE ROOSEVELT BEARS, THEIR TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES, about two bears who leave their home in the West to travel America. Written by Seymour Eaton and illustrated by V. Floyd Campbell, it first appeared as a serialized story in newspapers in 1905. In 1906, the story was published in book form, and this pitcher, based on the bears' adventures, was produced shortly afterwards. Refer to a similar pitcher, sold in our Aug. 5, 2017 auction Lot 638. Provenance: a Nashville, TN, estate. CONDITION: Overall crazing, a couple of minute flakes to bottom of base, a 1/4" hairline extending from one of the flakes.
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