Child Size Tea Set
(Bear representing Pope Benedict XVI)
made for Hermann/Coburg
by Roehler Collection (Germany)
construction: porcelain with gold rims.
The bear is wearing Papal robes and his right paw reads "Benedictus XVI, Summus Pontifex XIX,IV,MMV" (elected 19, April, 2005) the left paw reads "Iosephus Cardinallis Ratzinger"
size: 12 pieces: tea pot w/lid 4 3/4 inches high, creamer is 2 1/2 inches high, sugar bowl is almost 1 inch high, 4 cups are each 1 1/2 inch high and 4 saucers are each 3 1/2 inches in diameter.
Condition: near mint with original box
packing/delivery: $7.50 flat rate
The bottom of this charming Tea Set's tea pot reads "Made in Germany Exclusively for Hermann/Coburg Limited Edition Pope Bear Fine German Porcelain By Roehler Collection".
Just who is Hermann/Coburg? Since 1913 the Hermann family has been producing Hermann Teddy Bears. To mark and identify them, Max Hermann developed the famous logo - the green triangle and it's centerpiece "the bear with the running dog". When Germany was split into East and West, the Hermanns left for the Allied Territory. A new factory was built and since 1995, Ulla and Martin Hermann are the proud owners of the Hermann Bear Company.
Roehler has been making find porcelain for children, collectors and the young at heart since 1872. The operation remained in the family through the Great War, the Depression as well as World War II. But, in 1945 Thuringia fell to the Soviet Allied Forces. This resulted in the factory being expropriated and nationalized. After the reunification in 1990 the family again proudly returned to porcelain manufacturing resuming operation as the Roehler Collection. They now use modern technology while also producing historic wares using molds from the late 1800s, early 1900s.