The Original Online Teddy Bear Magazine
Teddy Bear & Vintage Toy Appraisals
June 2019

Introduction . . .

 

I am now honored to reach out to the collectors and owners
of unidentified bears, stuffed animals and vintage toys.

Ken did this for years and was an expert appraiser. I was his understudy or apprentice and together we viewed and enjoyed each and every request that came our way.

Appraising bears online will be a fun adventure for all of us. We will share our discoveries here on this web page.

Meeting new faces, in teddy bear form, and sharing the knowledge I have gathered, will be a joy. Together we can discover that everything old can be newly appreciated!


Beary best,
Brenda Yenke
 

How much is your beloved bear worth?


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Hi Brenda,
I was wondering if you knew how old this bear was, who made him and how old he may be? He is 12" tall and fully jointed. He has what appears to be very supple leather or worn buckskin paw pads. I think he may be stuffed with straw or something that makes a crunching sound.

Thanks for the information.

Deanne,

Hi Deanne,
There was an ad placed in the Butler Bros. Catalog from 1906-08. It does mention chamois pads; an unusual material! The ad appears in the Schoomaker book,
“A Collectors History of the Teddy Bear”, originally printed in 1981. They did not mention a 12” size as available though, and the eyes were indicated as glass. The smallest bear was advertised as 14”. Butler Bros. was a wholesale business, in fact at one point in time, they bought an entire line of Ideal toys. My thinking is-with the detailed workmanship, this is a German bear and perhaps from the Herta Girz and Co. located in Nuremberg. Her husband, Alexander was the manager of Schuco, and her uncle, Heinrich Muller founded Schuco. She designed some of the figures for this firm. Although I do not have a close up of her work, she was most talented! Will enclose a photo with a twin of your teddy resting in her arms. It probably dates to 1950, after they formed their children’s clothing business in 1948. The horizontal nose, deep set button eyes, cupped ares, long arms and slight hump in the back were traits of quality design. Why the leather pads when almost every other firm used wool felt? Maybe, this is a sign from the Schuco toys..where they used various fabrics and fur. Back in the early days, mohair was also referred to as bearskin cloth! The three long claws were right in keeping with many German firms of this era. The wear is unusual, perhaps he had a hair cut from one adventurous owner, as we see the fur is still rooted, yet very short in spots. Value for this doll sized teddy would be $400.00, with the charm and fashion of the doll masters.

Enjoy! Brenda

Good afternoon. I have recently been given this Teddy Bear along with two others by a friend that purchased them at an estate sale. I have no information on the history of the Teddy Bear. The Bear is 19" long, he has a moving head, arms, and legs. In the back of his body there is a metal piece sticking out that moves his head. The bottom of his feet are flat. His eyes seem to made of glass and are an amber color. His hair is slightly missing in some places and seems to be made of mohair.
Thank you, Don

Hi Don,
You have a great communicative teddy bear-who speaks yes and no! He is a Schuco, originally called Schreyer & Co. from Nuremberg, Germany. They were founded in 1912, by Heinrich Muller, and Heinrich Schreyer who had experience with the Gebr. Bing Co. Nuremberg was known as the Toy Capital of the world. They developed the clock work mechanism, and had many patents on bear and animals mechanicals. Schreyer left in 1919, then Adolf Kahn became a partner. Your particular large bear dates to the 1950s, with the down turned paws. He is five way jointed in addition to the metal tail that moves his head to an agreeing yes, or the gesture of no. Schuco bears like this have an ability to speak, in a non verbal fashion. He is a stander too, with the cardboard inserts in the feet. You can pose this bear and have the head movements captured by simply moving the tail lever. Pushing it inward makes the yes, while
a side to side motion says no. They made this style bear from the 20s, with straight paws. The finest mohair and wool was used, as well as expertly stitched cord noses and mouth extensions. You mohair has some wear, with the tail loosing it’s covering as well. The eyes are glass, he is stuffed with excelsior, and is heavy with this metal encasing. Originally, he had a plastic tag sewn into the chest, with the name Schuco Tricky. As he stands, the value would be $1,500.00. Brenda

Hi Ms Yenke,
This Petz bear, around 5” head to toe and belonged to my father-in-law who died in 1999. I remember him telling me that he played with this bear but it might have belonged one of his parents? He was born in 1907 so I know it’s pretty old.
I’m wondering about his history.

Thanks in advance.
Greg

Hi Greg,
Great that you have a noted heirloom from the family! The Petz milk glass button was their trademark, with the logo being developed in 1947. It features the name PETZ, in caps within an oblong circle and half circles on both top and bottom, highlighted by V’s. It was painted red on the indented markings, while the hot milk glass left the firing. Anton Kiesewetter originally founded the company in 1859, servicing as a locksmith. In 1921, teddy bears and plush were marketed. Their factory was in Neustadt, near Coburg. His daughter, Charlotte, was born in 1921, and eventually worked at the company as a business manager. His son, Gerhard, born in 1925, became the technical administrator. His wife Ernestine also worked in the business. They exhibited at the first Toy Fair in Nuremberg, in 1949. Your peanut shaped little teddy with wire joints appears to be mohair- with the woven backing, and a center facial seam with sewn ears. He has glass eyes, and a nicely finished sewn nose. The ID button was made in two sizes- 12 & 16 mm. He dates to the early 1950s, and seems to be a part of their circus Petz presentation. It was probably made for the premier Toy Fair. Value today would be $125.00 with your provenance (pictures of owner or other documentation). The company closed in 1967. Ernstine, his widow, also worked as a partner at the factory.

Brenda

Hi, Brenda!
About a couple of years ago, you helped me appraise a 1930’s Knickerbocker Teddy Bear. Well, here I am again with another bear t hat I just got. I can tell that he is definitely old. He is a very large bear 25" tall and is a chocolate brown color. Overall he is in pretty good shape, lots of fur left. Some small holes in his pads, and you can see his joint disks a bit under one arm and under one leg. A small hole in his back exposes excelsior which is still very firm and crunchy! Each paw has three black “claws”. I was told he might be German What a mystery, so I am turning to you to help me! Thank you in advance,
Hartlea

Hi Hartlea,
Teddy is large at 25”, with a fur of silk plush, hand stitched cord nose and glass eyes. His ears are rather flat, not cupped and sewn into place. The wool felt pads have a bit
of wear. He is German from the Max Hermann company. Max was the youngest son of Johann and Rosalie, part of the Hermann clan. They were all involved in the toy industry. He is solidly stuffed with excelsior stuffing and has a slight hump on the back with a hand closed back seam. The three claws are characteristic of the Hermann bears, The inset muzzle is also a trait of these teddies. He dates to the 1920s with the straight arm stature, and is a superb statesman. The left joint has a slight wear spot, mostly due to the heaviness of the long arms. Simple closing stitches could mend this area for future protection, using the same color thread as the fur. Value would be $300.00.
Great bruin!
Brenda

Hello Brenda,
I have just returned from London and purchased this lovely old bear in an Antique Market; quite expensive and  is adorable. 14" in height and is fully jointed, one arm is very loose. He has a growler that works when tipped. He has what I call "Pinched Ears". I did notice that all his paw pads were are replaced and did undo one to see what was underneath and looks to be Rexine pads. To me his eyes do not look original as they are lopped sided. Mohair very worn in areas. I would like to know more about him.
Thank you,
Paulette

Hi Paulette,
You sweet teddy is an English teddy, and your descriptions were so accurate! How great that you found him in his native land. He dates to the 1940s and comes from the Chiltern Toy Co. They were at one time referred to as the H.G. Stone & Co. with Leon Rees as owner and a former worker from Farnell, known as Harry Stone. Rees inherited Chiltern in 1920 from his late father-in-law. The most popular series they produced was the Hugmee teddies, in 1924, and your example is this model. The trait of sewing the ear into the head seam was quite useful for production, leaving hand sewing to the nose, mouth and claws. The earliest examples had one outer stitch upward on each side of the nose..later examples such as yours had an even shield nose. The rexine pads have been recovered, and thank goodness they kept them historically correct with originals beneath. So glad you are handy with the needle craft! Years ago, they made polished chintz, but doubt it is around anymore. They produced this bear until the 1960s. The name says it all-Hugmee is huggable! The eyes are replaced, but original were red glass and similar although sewn into place on wire shanks. He has wear, especially to his head which is the most important part of any teddy, but still adorns that sweet face. At 14” tall the value would be $150.00.
Brenda

Hi Brenda

This bear is about 24-30" long, jointed arms and legs, he is missing his eyes, but looks to be worth something of value.

 

My guess he is from the  1940's but could be 1900's or older. The bear was from an estate that I inherited.

 

Shelby

Hi Shelby,
Your very large silk plush teddy appears to date from the 1940s as you mentioned. The eyes were a googly type plastic with the a black disc pupil that was able to rotate when handled. They had wire shanks that were pretty dangerous, so maybe that is why they are missing! This was before child safety laws. He is American, and has the traits of Gund Mfg. Co. located in NY. Originally founded by Adolf Gund, an immigrant employee who started as a janitor succeeded as the owner when Adolf retired. Jacob Swedlin, took over in 1925, and was very successful in design as well as providing his family with a prosperous future. They acquired licenses from Walt Disney to produce the many lines of these characters. Your teddy is jointed, which is an upgrade from the unjointed versions. The center seam in the head was common for this type bear, as the sewn in muzzle matches the pads and inner ears. The flat ear design made them quite playable. His nose is hand stitched along with the inverted Y mouth, and claws on the hands. He is stuffed with cotton and sub filling. He has some wear, which has an effect on value. Today the market is slanted toward the rare and perfect teddies so a reasonable price would be $65.00. Brenda

Hello Brenda,

I have had these bears since the 1960's. My sister made the Goldilocks doll for me. They have been well loved but are intact except for Papa Bear's right eye. Papa bear is 24 inches, Mama is 11 inches and Baby is 6 inches. Papa's left eye is a bit loose. Thanks for the info.

Patty

Hi Patty,
Your childhood three bear set with a hand sewn Goldilocks is very sweet. I am so glad you have enjoyed them and kept them in good condition! The Papa bear comes from an American manufacturer, the Rushton Toy Co. They were formed in 1917, and located in Atlanta GA, Mary Rushton was the founder and they operated until 1983. Your Ruston bear has a separate muzzle, with a hand shaped nose made of fabric, red felt tongue, fur that is acrylic and unjointed limbs, making him very huggable. The stuffing is cotton. During the 1950-60 era, they had many rubber faced animals, along with the acrylic and silk plush fur— but they also made the usual fur teddies like yours. The eyes have a metal base, with a plastic iris and black pupil. Value for 24” Papa would be $65.00.


The Mama bear has the original tag reading The Commonwealth Toy & Novelty Co. of Brooklyn NY. This was a very large company, founded in 1934. They are best known for the rare Feed Me Bear. It was made in 1937 as mohair teddy used in advertising for the National Biscuit Co. Your Commonwealth teddy is acrylic, unjointed, stuffed with rubber and cotton, has felt eyes and mouth with a wool Pom Pom nose. Value would be $25.00.


Little baby acrylic teddy has wool Pom Pom’s for eyes and nose, and contrasting felt ears. He seems to be an unidentified American teddy. Unjointed, they all share this attribute! His value is $10.00.

Any pictures of you and your entourage of teddies, would be provenance and add value. Brenda

Greetings Brenda,
This bear was sold to me as an electric eye teddy from the American Stuffed Toy Company, circa 1910. He retains 98% of his dark gold mohair which has been professionally cleaned. He is all original with the exception of his paw pads, which have been professionally recovered in wool felt. He is excelsior stuffed throughout, jointed at the arms, and is free standing at 23" tall. Sadly, the electric eyes are defunct. The restorer seemed doubtful that they could be fixed since the original wires were badly crumbled and the original
design called for large batteries that usually didn't last long. Wanted to verify the circa and manufacturer, and any other info you could add would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely, David
Hi David,
Another excellent condition teddy, qualifying for the antique description! He is from the American Made Stuffed Toy Co., a New York based business with the electric eye sensation of being able to create a bright eyed bear. Several versions existed during these early years with a few different companies. The problem was, the life was short for battery operation, and the companies knew this upon marketing. They urged frequent ordering in lesser amounts to assure their customers a viable product. The patriotic bear was also attributed to this company, with the red/white/blue mohair. You are fortunate to have an attractive version of this type bear-some had a cord extended from the mouth for the on/off switches. They are rather distracting, because you concentrate on the predominant cord. I would say the teddy dates to the 1910 era, being introduced originally in 1907 with the Fast Black Skirt Co. They also made non electric models. The unjointed neck and legs allowed more room for the battery compartments. Yours is in excellent condition with a defined cord nose and mouth. They made three sizes-16, 18, 22”, so you have the largest! Some had leather-like collars, helping the stability. These are rather rare in top condition, so a value of $1.000.00 is reasonable considering the heritage.
Brenda
Hi Brenda,
Hopefully you can evaluate this bear I recently acquired at a yard sale it is a fully jointed 24 inches long teddy bear with glass eyes excelsior stuffing and a very unusual red felt open mouth. It also has a working growler a humpback and a very bright golden mohair. It's in great shape except for a small hole in its foot. I'd appreciate anything you could tell me about the bear
Thanks
Paula
Hi Paula,
Congrats on your yard sale find! Referred to as Carnival Bears, these teddies were meant to entice the festival attendees to try their turn at winning a grand prize. The material is a cotton plush, bright to attract attention, and the pads are acrylic felt. Five way jointed is another plus, with the open mouth, complete with tongue. Usually, this is an awkward trait, but with your example, it is quite meticulous and does not detract. He is German...most probably from a firm like Max Carl. Their toy factory was in Coburg, near Sonneberg. Formed in 1924, they took over a previous company whose owner had died. The cottage industry was also formed during this time, with home sewers going to the factories and completing patterns to contribute their workmanship. They had many open mouth examples, as well as the sliced in ear, necessary for their mechanical models. He dates to the 1950s, after WWII, when economies were trying to recover. He has a very dark glass eye, inset muzzle with a shorter pile plush, and is really a very happy teddy! He is stuffed with excelsior. Value for your teddy would be $200.00.
Brenda

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