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Teddy Bear & Vintage Toy Appraisals
February 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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Dear Brenda,
This bear was my late aunts
and she has had since childhood.  She believed it dated to the 1940s, but I can't confirm that.  The bear has no tags or markings of any kind. 

I hope that you can give me some information about the bear and its current value.

With thanks,
Cynthia

Hi Cynthia,
Your teddy bear has an interesting background. He is German, as other manufactures in this area also used this teardrop paw pad. Originally founded in 1891, under the direction of Hugo Heubach in Sonneberg, they produced Christmas tree decorations and toys. He moved the firm in 1945 to Neustadt in W. Germany, and changed the name to Heunec. Your teddy was made in the 1950s, and is a pure wool plush. I think the eyes are replacements, or have been anchored in the middle of the head back as opposed to the usual position at the base of the neck disc. The eyes are glass, and this is correct. He is quite large, and can stand with assistance. Some of the bears had cardboard to reinforce their feet. The stuffing is excelsior, which helps maintain the shape, particularly in the head. The ears are somewhat large as well, and sewn toward the top of the head for this time period. The joints should be cardboard discs and cotter pins. In 1972, the factory expands to the Swiss market, China, and Mauritius. They still held their design and administration in Neustadt. A simple cord nose and sweet smile along with the four claws complete his appearance. However, with the extensive moth damage that was probably years ago, maybe a little shawl would help boost the appearance. I also use cedar planks under and near as a diversion for the inviting smell of wool to critters. Value today is affected by this, as condition is paramount. So, for sweet innocent teddy his appraisal would be under $150.00.
Brenda

Greetings Brenda

 

The bear's overall measurement, ear to toe is 15.5/16”
All limbs are fully articulate and in working order in that they are firm to rotate .
Bear seems to be in a more relaxed state when sitting.
The bear may have been purchased in the United Kingdom.

Mark

Hi Mark,

Great teddy from the US...and still has his original ID tag!  This is a Gund bear from the late 1940s.  Jacob Swedlin, a Russian immigrant, became the new owner in 1925.  He worked his way from janitor to pattern making, then design and lastly, right hand man to the owner.  Originally founded by another immigrant, Adolf Gund, the firm was founded in 1898 in CT as a toy and novelty business.  Mr. Gund was very successful, adding teddy bears to his production in 1906.  Fast forward,  Mr. Swedlin had his entire family involved in the business, however, today they are manufactured overseas.  Your teddy has a silk plush fur, googly eyes, felt pads and is in excellent condition.  Five way jointed, the typical overstitch seaming is evident.  Usually the ID tag was sewn on the left arm.  This trademark of the rabbit ears on the G was granted in 1949.  Value today would be $ 225.00.  Enjoy your mid century Teddy!  

Brenda

Hello Brenda,
This bear was given to my husband about 65-70 years ago. It turned up at an auction of his brother's effects, about 12 years ago, and he hadn't seen it for about 50 years.

The bear stand 22" tall and is in excellent condition. My husband believes that two of his older brothers purchased it on a trip to Arizona in the late 40's or early 50's. We are not sure that the holster and neckerchief are original, and there may have been a hat. He remembers it wearing a pink cowboy hat at some point, but doesn't know if that was original.

Thank you, Linda

Hi Linda,
You have a mint example of the cowboy teddy made by the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. It is unplayed with, a remarkable example of the dressed teddies they made in the 1940-50s era. Ideal is known for Smokey Bear, as well as the legend of Morris and Rose Michtom with creating the first American teddy bear. The material is an artificial plush, with a molded resin nose, and felt tongue. Non jointed, he stands quite tall at 22”. We know that the guitar and holster match the size perfectly, along with the yellow and black bandana. It is hard to find pictures of a duplicate teddy, because most of the time these were interactive toys and enjoyed. Gund did quite a few plush rabbits, all themed costumes, and they too had a cowboy as well in the 1930s. The original Smokey came with a plastic ranger hat, which is hard to find today. Perhaps a hat was included at the time, but it seems very complete now, as is. Value would be $125.00 as a mid century toy!
Brenda

Hi Brenbda,
I purchased this Teddy bear at an estate sale and would love to know more about him, he reminds me of Winnie the Pooh. He is large measuring 28 1/2" long he has jointed arms ,legs and head. He's adorable ! His pads appear to be felt. I think his eyes are plastic. On his paw is a partial tag I'm pretty sure its England but, cant figure out the rest. Hope you can inform me on his history. Thanks so much.

Thanks so much Im looking forward to learning about him.
Barbara

Hi Barbara,
Wow, nice large sized English teddy! The tag on the left foot is partial, but it was marked, “Merrythought”, Ironbridge Shrops, Made in England. Merrythought goes back to 1919, with a mohair weaving mill that became a toy factory in 1930. They continue to this day, with the direct descendants of the W. G. Holmes family, Sarah and Hannah Holmes, whose father Oliver passed away in 2011. Your teddy dates to the 1960s, with plastic eyes, yet the luxurious mohair exhibited through this company. He is five way jointed, with a heavy cord nose sewn in the vertical position. Winnie the Pooh had English roots with the Farnell Company in 1921. A. A. Milne wrote his first adventure book concerning Winnie the Pooh for his son, and then many other stories followed. It reminds you of Pooh with the large nose, and body. The felt pads have some wear, and reveal the kapok stuffing. The ears have a backward tilt, much like a dog with a gentle disposition. Interesting with the latest emphasis on Pooh Bear in film, Merrythought made a present day Edward Bear along with Steiff, who made all of Pooh’s Hundred Acre friends. At almost 30”, this teddy today would be valued at $175.00.
Brenda

Hi Brenda,
This 18" bear was given to my mother as a trade in the 1990’s. The lady said it was her grandmother's bear, the lady would have been in her 30’s I’m guessing. It came with Oshkosh jean overalls on. It is a golden colour, I’m guessing mohair. When I squish it is sounds crackly. The nose, mouth and claws are black thread. In the front body the bear has a concave area that I’m guessing has a growler box (not working). All paws are cloth. Eyes appear to be plastic, Amber colour with black centres.  There is no maker mark on it. I would consider it in very good condition for age. The limbs hold a pose well, slightly loose.
Thanks, Lynette

Hi Lynette,
Your sweet acquisition seems to be from the 1940s with the longer mohair and shorter arm length. I think it points to a German firm, Gustav Forster, formed in 1920. At 18” this is a large sized teddy. With a simple cord horizontal nose, this German maker was one of only a few who offered this trait. The eyes are glass, an amber color with the black pupil center. Most of the time they were merely inserted on the wire shanks, not sewn. This was before the child safety laws. Gustav Forster was located in Neustadt near Coburg, and was a Doll and Bear Factory. Other defining characteristics include the eyes placed outside the head seams, full ears toward the top of the head, and three claws on each paw. The linen pads are hand sewn replacements, over the felt pads. In 1929, they advertised their teddies, and presented a catalog in 1934. They were still operational in 1996. The Oshkosh jeans were an accessory, not made with the bear. At five way jointed, with the excelsior stuffing, the value would be $300.00.
Brenda

Good morning Brenda,

I have these 2 perfume bottle bear and Monkey. I believe they are 1920’s Schuco. I purchased them at a yard sale about 3-4 years ago for $1. I wish to know more. I am hoping that you can help me.
Thank you, Lori

 

 

Hi Lori,
Fantastic finds at the yard sale! Your Schuco mohair perfume monkey with the tin face dates to 1924.
The felt is in excellent condition with even an original “made in Germany” paper tag hanging from the arm. This edit of an imported article bearing a “Made in” source was instituted in 1921. Before this time they could just identify the country of origin..for instance, “Germany”. Perfume bottle animals were made for women to carry in their purses, or to keep on the vanity. It is rare to find the original glass stopper, but you have this as well. The glass tube held the perfume, while other accessories included a compact, and a candy container. Differentiating between the perfume bottle and a candy container is the top portion. The perfume had a glass stopper while the candy had a cork lid. Schuco made all metal bodies, with sewing only done for the nose and mouth. Their clamp method to secure the mohair over the metal was meticulous. Today the market is somewhat down, but most know these items as rarieties. Value would be
$300.00 for the Piccolo (a term used to describe a half size) monkey. Brenda

Hi Lori,

   

Your Schuco mohair perfume teddy bear is really in mint condition. I assume it had a similar tag on the arm as the monkey, “Made in Germany”. Some had a paper tag sewn into the leg seam. It dates from the 1924 period as well.  

 

Schuco animals date from 1912-1960’s. Originally called Schreyer and Co., in 1921 they became known as Schuco. Metal bodies were the mantra for all the small animals, and your teddy perfume has such a metal body, covered by gold mohair. With the original glass stopper, it has an even greater appeal than the monkey.

 

Many more bear collectors than monkey and chimp collectors.

 

The glass tube held the perfume, and this was kept on the dresser or within a ladies purse.  The rarest of these containers is the compact, with the lipstick tube intact.

 

 Most of the time these were used, so their condition is not as perfect as your example. Value for this high class vanity item is $550.00 and up.  

Brenda 

Dear Brenda,

Could you appraise this bear for me. I purchased it at a consignment shop in Portland, Maine a couple years ago.

 

I believe it to be an early Ideal Teddy Bear(possibly 1904). I have a number of teddy bear books, but have only found one photo that looks similar. It is in "Teddy Bears Past & Present, Volume II" page 126, by Linda Mullens,1991. Mine looks very much like the one pictured there, including the "googly-eyes". However, mine is larger at about 14 inches tall.

The one pictured in the book is a 6 inch bear. It says the 6 inch bears were given away during President Roosevelt's cross-country whistle-stop campaign during his second run for president. I'm very curious to find out what you know about this Teddy. He appears to be in nice condition considering what I believe his age to be!
Thanks,
Carol

Hi Carol,
You purchased an early American Ideal, with the googlie eye painted shoe buttons resembling the same bear featured in The Washington Post from a Berryman political cartoon. The original date of this cartoon was Nov. 16th, 1902, under the title of Drawing the Line in Mississippi. Here, it features Theodore Roosevelt refusing to shoot a bear, held captive and tied up by one of the men on this hunting trip. A later version was released in 1906, with a smaller appealing cub, and larger eyes. This example can easily be distinguished from the original because of the Berryman signature with the 1902 date. The original has no signature or date. I think your teddy is an early Ideal, possibly 1906. The pointed felt pads, five claws, original cord horizontal nose, triangular shaped head, with ears sewn on the side similar to the 1906 cartooon. I would highly recommend the 2nd Edition of The Teddy Bear Men, Theodore Roosevelt & Clifford Berryman- by Linda Mullins, 2002 print date. A very rare 20” version is featured on pg. 77, with a smaller version that was said to have been given to select supporters, on the campaign. Ideal is actually more difficult to find than Steiff, and has gained value over the years. Your example would be valued at
$3,000.00 and up. A great find with historical significance!
Brenda

Hello Brenda,
My bears were acquired in a storage unit auction along with some other German items which make me think they are possibly Stieff bears even though they do not have the buttons on them at this time.

Both are 14 in" tall with rotatable arms, legs and heads with amber colored glass eyes. The lighter colored and older looking bear feels like it has straw stuffed in it with a wire that is hooked near the chest that i can feel when putting pressure on the chest the other bear seems to have some sort of straw in it as well with the amber colored glass eyes. Would love to learn and hear about the age and value of them. thank you very much. Have a great day!
Jason

Hi Jason,
Your storage unit held some English treasures in the teddy bear world! This bear is a Chiltern, from the 1940s. Chiltern Toy Works became Chiltern Toys in the 1920s. Helping Leon Rees, was a former worker for J.K. Farnell., Harry Stone. The model you have is from the Hugmee series-started in the 20s, and forwarded into the 60s. Hugmee is what is says, a huggable teddy! This one has thinning of the mohair and some wear to the Rexine pads, meaning he had an active life with a human counterpart! The English companies were a bit behind the United States and Germany for bear production, but they have had a notable mark in the toy world. The eyes are glass, black pupils and reddish amber irises. They were hand stitched in the back, after the excelsior stuffing was inserted. Some had voice boxes, squeeze operated.
Most have air pockets by this time, so they do not work. Value for this bear would be $100.00 with the wear. If you have any supporting provenance from the storage unit-pictures, names etc. this could add about 10% to the value.
Brenda

Your second bear is also an English teddy and is a relative to your other bear. In fact, it is the next generation of Chiltern, same Hugmee series but dates to the late 50s, early 60s. By this time they used velvet pads, with cardboard for their standing ability.

 

The claws are overstitched unto the pads, created at a time when the economy was better, and they had more resources. His late relative was made when the materials were scarce, hence, no claws on the paws. Both have the cord stitched nose in a vertical stitch, and extended mouths.

 

Notice the upturned arms, almost to say please, pick me up! By this time the child safety laws were in effect, so the eyes are plastic, anchored to avoid being pulled out. His condition is very good, with little mohair loss, and the value would be $125.00.
Brenda

Hi Brenda,
I bought this teddy online because he is so odd. He’s 14” tall, has a non working squeaker in his back and a center seam. The oddest attribute of course is his tin eyes. They are button type with a back to them that you can feel behind the fur. He’s five way jointed and I believe mohair. Hard stuffed with kapok.

James

Hi James,
   Your special find on the internet is an English teddy!  Chad Valley had various designs through their production years, with center seams, shaved and unshaven muzzles, eyes, and nose cord distinctions. They were often labeled on the right foot, and eventually became The Hygenic Toys in the 1950s.  The triangular stitched cord nose dates him to the 1920s, as well as no claws, and kapok stuffing.  Because the kapok sort of explodes with moisture, the paw pads have some wear.  Their good quality mohair shows slight thinning.  With the addition of metal eyes, this makes for an unusual model from the normal amber or yellow glass eyes.  Chad Valley’s trademark was established in 1897, and they also had ceramic buttons placed in their ears or on the torso in the 1930s and until the start of WWII.  They produced similar teddies to yours, up to the 1950s. As with many of the companies, they changed ownership in the late 1980s, with production originating in East Asia. Your early example teddy would be valued at $150.00 today.  
Brenda 
Hi Brenda,
I got this bear along with some others from an old neighbor of my mom's who moved away in the late 1980's. The bear has no tags or labels anywhere. His hands and feet are embroidered with two red flowers. His nose is made of light brown stitches and his eyes are china blue and made of a glass-like material. He is wearing a velvet red bow tie held around his neck by a thin white elastic type band. His shorts are the same red velvet material and are held up with
dark blue lederhosen embroidered with white, red, and blue flowers. The white flowers are edelweiss, so I am guessing he is German or Austrian. In the back he has a gold wind up but he no longer plays music. He measures about 13" tall and is fully jointed. I think he is made of mohair because I was able to snip a fuzzy area and it left a round ball that I could crush easily to ash and it smelled of animal hair. He is stuffed with firm filling and can stand up on his own because his feet are flat! I have been looking all over the internet for years and can't seem to find anything similar except Hermann bears, but not this particular one.
Thanks so much for your help!
Gina

Hi Gina,
You did such a great job describing your teddy bear and all his attributes! He is an artist made teddy, meaning he was made by hand and then a matching wardrobe was created to accessorize the theme. The blue glass eyes were picked to match the tyrolean ribbon used on his lederhosen. You were correct to label the edelweiss flower on the braid, and to connect this to the Swiss culture. It could possibly be an artist from this area, as the music boxes were mostly a Swiss origin as well. The fur could be mohair, from what I can see, which makes him notable. The ears are sewn on the side of the head, simulating the early American examples. The nose is simply done with a horizontal stitch and small mouth. Special attention was given to the wool pads with the hand embroidered design and pearl Indian type beads, sewn into place. Artists used polyfill, excelsior and sub just like many modern bear makers. I wish the music box still played for you, Swiss boxes are the most melodic. At 13”, this is considered a doll sized teddy. Value today would be $85.00. Enjoy your one of a kind creation!
Brenda

Hi, I just purchased 1 Bear appraisal from your site. I’ve attached a bunch of photos of my Bear. The only things I know about it is what’s in the photos. Golden mohair, blank button in left ear and is about 13in tall. Any info would be great.
Thanks.
Carl

 

Hi Carl,
Your bear is an early Steiff, with the cone shaped face. This style is not as common, and dates to 1905-06. The condition is very good with no impairment to the pads or mohair. The only thing that bothers me is the position of the blank button, and it’s appearance. Usually the button is anchored within the ear, and sometimes even hard to see. This one seems to be hanging by the seam, quite unusual. As my late husband used to say, you don’t need a button to identify a Steiff. He referred to the classic cars, and their hood ornaments. You still know it is a great car, even if the ornament is gone! The real difference in the teddy world is the elephant button used by Steiff for such a short period of time. So, all that being said about the button in the ear, your bear is a grand example of a Steiff. Value for your 13” teddy would be $1,500.00. We hope the bear market regains some strength!
Brenda
Hi Brenda,
Winnie is in perfect and mint condition. He is a 1994 Walt Disney World Teddy Bear Convention Steiff Winnie the Pooh. 24" tall, has a working growler and is signed on his large white ear tag by J.R. Jun..... I can see the name, but can't figure it out. I believe he was someone from Steiff. He is a limited edition of 25 and my bear is number 8. In 1994, at the convention, he cost $2500.00. I have searched everywhere and can't find any that have been sold. I would like to sell him, but have no idea what to ask because there were only 25 made.
Thank you,
Susan

Hi Susan,
Wow, what a large Winnie you have! Back when the Walt Disney Conventions were well supported by collectors and dealers, you could get top dollar for the merchandise. I really think when the internet became common, it sent most of the values in a downward trend. That is not to say it will never return, but the law of supply and demand has consequences. The year of your special edition Winnie (1994), continued to draw collectors. The signature of J.R. Junginger is still very notable. He came to the U.S. several times for appearances, and was the great grand nephew of Margarete Steiff. Mr. Junginger passed away at the young age of 58, in 2001. Your limited edition Disney World Winnie is on the rare side, with only 25 made. The retail value was $2,500.00 at that time. According to the Sortiment Steiff book of 2003, the value escalated in euros from 3,750.-6,250. Today, the value would be more realistic in the $1,200.-1,600.00 range. Just like the stock market, the secondary bear market has ups and downs. Thank goodness for the new Disney Winnie the Pooh movie. Maybe this will help increase demand! We can hope....enjoy your big buddy!
Brenda

Hi Brenda,

My bear is 23 inches long.
I believe he’s quite old. His paws need repair and there are intermittent fur-less Spots on his body. His head and limbs swivel. Please, please let me know if I paid the right outfit. Thank you so much and I’m very interested in what the bear is worth. Sincerely,
Lloyd

Hi Lloyd,
Your very early Steiff dates to 1906-07 era, and with the large size of 60cm, also makes it a rarity. He has aged, as you mention in your description, but he is an antique at over a hundred years of age. Amazing that he was so gracefully kept for all these decades. The mohair is longer in length, so that too adds to the appeal. He is totally original, along with the shoe button eyes, and bit of cord loss on the nose. The very large feet and hands seem to have strong mohair backing. This is also a positive from using kapok and excelsior stuffing as opposed the heavier excelsior. He would have had an underscored ff Steiff button, which followed the blank button. The feet have the felt lining as in the early pieces, for extra strength. This could be professionally recovered, or simply stitched in place to prevent further deterioration. The same restoration could be achieved with the nose cord. If you provenance accompanying this bear, that adds to the value. Photographs of a child or adult who this teddy, would be part of his lineage. The teddy bear market was tops in the 1980-90s, with a somewhat downward trend today. We hope it gets out of the bear market and into the bull swing! Today, your Bruin would be valued at $3,800.00. A gorgeous original teddy! Brenda

Greetings Brenda,
I have a bear that was passed down from my mom who used to own a toy store and loved Steiff animals of all kinds very much. This particular bear stands out at 31" tall and the tag seems older and it’s signed by B Steiff 1985. It says something else too. It is rubbed off on the bear foot but clearer on the ear tag of a horse which was signed at the same time when one of the Steiff family members came to visit our store and signed some animals. So I included that picture too. My mom made me put on a Steiff costume and stand there all day.

I think I was about 13. I don’t think the tag is paper, but it is not the newer, folded yellow ribbon either. Considering passing on the bear to a passionate collector but want to honor my mom by considering the bear’s value. He is very cute!

Thanks!
Ellen

Hi Ellen,

What a great story of you and your Mom, and the inherited Steiff teddy bear! This is a large sized Original Teddy in the caramel color, and it seems to be in excellent condition.
The tag in the ear is yellow, meaning this was a stock piece-produced from 1968-1990. It is the cloth tag, the older material as opposed to the paper tag of today. It was signed by Hans Otto Steiff and his wife, Birgit. Hans Otto was President of the Steiff Co. from 1951-1981, retiring in 1984.
In retirement, they traveled and appeared at toy stores for autographing the famous Steiff creations. You were lucky enough to meet them, and have a signed bear for provenance.  He was a direct descendent to Margarete, she was his great grand aunt. He passed at the young age of 75, at the end of 1994. Your teddy is missing the cardboard chest tag, but has the brass button and ear tag. Signed in 1985, the Original Teddy series features the heart shaved muzzle. 
Today the markets are rather down, thanks in part to the internet. Several years ago, the value was up to $300.00, but since yours is signed and documented, we will continue this value for your piece. Take pictures of your daughter with this bear to continue the story.  Great heirloom!  
Brenda

Brenda,
My mom received this bear from a lady she worked with back in the early eighties. She was told that the bear came from Britain or England and that's all she can remember. The bear is wearing a sling because his arm needs to be fixed and I don't want to accidentally create more damage. It is stuffed with wood wool and the eyes appear to be glass amber with a black pupil.
I believe the paws are made of some type of rexine or leather and it is a jointed bear. There are no marks on the bear and I don't know if the yellow ribbon is original or added later. That's all I know! Any help is greatly appreciated.
Best Regards,
Nancy

Hi Nancy,
Your Mom’s teddy appears to have some English connections, but Australian roots. The material is a sheepskin, natural wool, very dense pile and contrasting ear fabric. The Jakas Soft Toy company had traits of flat, large ears, a vertically stitched nose, brown glass eyes with a black pupil and no claws on the feet or hands. They did create some bears in the 1930s, but
I think your teddy dates to the 1950s. The oilcloth pads were very common on English teddies and Australian bears. The excelsior you feel for stuffing, enabled the teddy to retain his shape through the years. Sometimes, they combined this fiber with kapok to make the bears lighter. You do not mention the size, but from the pictures it looks to be about 20”. The straight arms are placed slightly lower on the shoulders. Usually this real fur backing has a tendency to crack or peel due to temperature changes. The arm could be repaired eventually, but the sling helps hold the shoulder in place. Condition does affect the value of a bear. Today, as is, the value would be $200.00

Brenda

Brenda,

Hello, I inherited this bear from a avid collector over 10 years ago.  The other day someone saw it in my curio cabinet and said that is was a rare bear and worth a lot of money and that I should get it appraised.  It’s in excellent condition.  All limbs and head turn completely around. Clothes and twine seem permanent.  There are no tags or indication of what type bear it is.  Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Melanie

Hi Melanie,
Your teddy bear appears to be a manufactured one, most probably imported. The very cherished Boyd’s Bears of the 1990s, mimicked the teddy craze of 1907! This could be one of their teddies! The Sweat Heart tag appears to mean Sweet Heart, after the three heart charms on her necklace. Boyd’s dressed many of their bears and named them as well. However, the original tags are not visible, and may have been removed. Most imports need identification to come into the country, and follow child safe laws. At one time the Boyd’s phenomenon was also advertised on the Home Shopping Network as well as QVC. They were available in department stores, gift stores and just about everywhere. The fur is acrylic, with black button eyes and a hand sewn cord nose. The stuffing is probably a blend of pellets and poly-fil, with the ease of creating a dangling effect on her limbs. At the time she was made, her price could have been $35.00, which would have escalated in value and perhaps doubled by the 2000 era. With mass production being the rule, today their sentimental value surpasses the monetary value. She has a “sweet” appeal and brings a smile to all who encounter her presence.
Today’s appraised value would be $25.00.
Brenda

Hi There Brenda
I would like to know more about this bear. He has been tucked away for many decades, so very little wear other than around his nose.
He is 10' long with felt pads, his fur is more "crunchy" than soft, his head legs and arms are jointed and his stuffing is very firm. He has glass eyes.
His claws are drawn rather than stitched.
Thanks very much,
Beth

Hi Beth,
Oh, what a sweet little teddy bear! The condition is excellent, with the air brushed paws still intact and visible. This is an American bear, from the Character Novelty Co. and dates to the 1950s with the glass amber eyes. Character was founded in 1932, by Caesar Mangiapani and Jack Levy, in Norwalk CT. Caesar did the designs, while Jack did the marketing. The NY showroom was opened after 1945, widely expanding their business. The trademark was printed on a cloth ID tag, attached to the left ear. They were most noted for appearing on the Elvis Presley 45 record jacket, Teddy Bear. In that appearance, the bear was acrylic, had black button eyes with felt circles, and a red tongue. Yours is an earlier example with the glass eyes and no tongue. Referred to as a baby bear, the 10” size is “doll sized”, and jointed. Character ceased doing business in 1983, with the death of Caesar. But, their legendary teddy is still appreciated. If you have pictures of him with original owners, this makes the provenance. Value today for your teddy would be $150.-200.00.
Enjoy, Brenda

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