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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?
See below for details on the appraisal procedure.

Hi Brenda,

My childhood bear believe it is a Steiff because it has a made in US Zone Germany tag on the side of its leg. The bear’s head tilts a bit to one side. The fur on his hands is somewhat worn off due to my dressing and undressing him. He was well loved and well used. His clothes were in a red suitcase with the bear and I imagine some if not all of the clothes were sold for the bear. I was born in 1949 so I imagine this bear was purchased in the 1950’s. My mom did all of her Christmas shopping from FAO Schwartz so he may have been bought from them.
I appreciate your help.
Thank you
Barbara

Hi Barbara,
What a sweet little dressed teddy bear from the famous Steiff company of Germany. His name is Teddyli and he was from the 1950-57 era. He was made to be dressed in the red jacket with cord piping, black shorts and a white cotton shirt. Yours has blue felt shorts and hat, which could have been a specific color for the FAO Schwartz toy store. His mate was a little girl Teddyli, same body design and jacket, but a skirt of green felt and the white cotton shirt. This style of the open mouth teddy baby almost seemed to talk! I think the extra outfits were available for purchase, much like the Build a Bear Workshop offers different fashions. Steiff did not make the extra clothes, but they make a great asset for traveling, with the suitcase! Made of mohair, glass eyes and originally coming with the script button and tag, he also had a chest tag with the name Teddyli. Stuffed with excelsior, his condition is excellent for his vintage years. Value for your childhood companion would be increased if you had pictures of both of you in the younger years. This is a part of the provenance. As is, the value would be $900.00 and up. Brenda

Hi Brenda,

I believe this bear is a Steiff, from Germany in the very early 1900’s. There is no tag in the ear and cannot tell for sure if one was ever there. I do know that it is a “rod bear” though as it has been x-rayed.

Thanks for your help. Christine

Hi Christine,
My, you indeed have a good German teddy bear! He is not a Steiff, but made by the Bing Co. It just so happens that this manufacturer was Ken's favorite, and he wrote a hard bound book entitled, Bing Bears and Toys in 2000.

So, even though it is not the iconic Steiff, it is a rarer bruin. The "rod" joints you mentioned are how some describe the armature of the cardboard joints joined by cotter pins and allowing the limbs and head to articulate. The first marketable bears by Steiff had a weighty rod holding these joints, but it was so heavy and cumbersome, they ceased making them. That was in 1902. They had a gutta percha nose (sealing wax), shoe button eyes, five claws, and a salmon colored cord for the nose extension and mouth. Now, back to your Bing. He dates to the 1920's, with the extended muzzle, painted glass eyes, horizontal cord nose and an extended cord mouth. The mohair has wear and thinning, meaning he was a faithful companion to someone! Bing bears were not produced after 1932. He is considered an heirloom, nearing the antique classification. Today, the value is $750.00.
Brenda

Hi Brenda,
I recently purchased, a cute little 11" tan colored Teddy. Excelsior stuffed, pad wear, some mohair loss. He has shoe button eyes, Claw's are missing, the one that appears to have all of them, has 3 claws. His limbs and head are stuffed firmly, his body is softer and has a growler or something inside, it is not working. He has a very sweet expression.
Deb

Hi Deb,
Nice looking teddy bear who appears to be German, possibly from the Gustav Forester Co. The firm was established in Neustadt, with the emphasis on doll making in 1920. The teddy bear manufacturing began in 1922, with a very industrious owner, Gustav and his crew of over 20 employees. He was very resourceful and even when the markets were affected, he started traveling to fairs and carnivals to show his products. The American market forced him to do mail order and catalogs with the stock market crash. He adjusted the second time after WWII, and in 1996, they celebrated their 75th anniversary! Always a quality product, your style teddy with the large ears, 3 claws and longer plush mohair give him charm. The long arms, with slight curve at the wrist, shoe button eyes, and horizontal cord nose point to the 1920s. He is excelsior stuffed with a non working growler. He has wear and thinning, but his countenance would place a value of $250.00.
Brenda

Brenda, Most of his life, I recall this bear sitting on a shelf with a satin bow on his neck. He is 16 tall, no tags, the ear on his right was partly torn off and was reattached decades ago. He has glass eyes. His arms and legs move and he lets out a deep “beep” from his squeaker when squeezed. The felt on his paws and mouth is in good shape and mouth is tinted pink deep. I’ve clicked around the internet and the Hermann Zotty bears are what he resembles. I appreciate all the help you can provide.
Thank you!!
Helen

Hi Helen,
You are an excellent researcher in the teddy bear world! Your "shaggy friend" is the meaning of the word Zotty in German. The difference between the Steiff and the Gebruder Hermann Zotty's are noticed in the chest plate of the mohair. Hermann had one continual colored mohair while Steiff had a contrasting color (similar to the pads). The 1950s German market presented a teddy with down turned paws to signify playfulness and a gentle nature. His pads are wool felt, his eyes are reddish amber glass, with a characteristic nose cord of two downward extensions in the outer stitch. Bernard Hermann came from the famous Hermann family, who all worked in the toy industry in Sonneberg. His parents, Johann and Rosalie had six children. Bernard passed away in 1959, and left the business to his three remaining sons. The growlers (noise makers) from Hermann are very long lived..compared to Steiff! When he was new, he had a red plastic chest tag and gold paper tag hanging from his center body seam. Known for the inset muzzle, three claws and large round ears, he would be valued at $250.00. Brenda
Hello Brenda~
Recently found this bear at a local tag sale. The lady selling it said it had belonged to a woman who is now 102, but she didn't say when the woman acquired it so could be any age. As you can see, he is pretty ragged and has several repairs and a missing paw.
He is 16.5" tall He is mohair, albeit quite bare. He sounds like he has an old growler inside. Two-toned eyes. Can't tell if they are glass or some other material. He is filled with excelsior. Not sure if his paw and nose stitching is original. He has a slight hump on both his front and back.
Looks like his muzzle was shaved but it may just be worn away. He has both front and back center seam. And double seams on back of head. Not much more to tell.
He has such a sweat expression and cute nose, he obviously was well loved.
Kathy
Hi Kathy,
Your teddy with provenance is a short bristle mohair, and appears to have sliced in ears. Petz of Germany was one firm who did this precedure, but some American manufactures also adopted this time saving technique. He is an unidentified German bear with the front closure of the seam in the body, long slender legs and replaced eyes. The original would have been amber/red glass eyes on a wire shank. They were not child safe, so many could be easily removed. He dates to 1925, and resembles the mohair they used on couches at this time. His simple nose had an extension at one point, to make the Inverted Y mouth. The growler is not working as you stated, most likely an air pocket lost it's seal. He is five way jointed and had a bit of an injury to his left hand. The double back seams on the head form the gusset area for the muzzle. He is a brilliant gold, with some battle scars, but still charming. Value for your almost 17" teddy would be $150.00. Brenda
Hello,
I do not know anything about the bear as I purchased it years ago at an antique shop. It is 14 1/2 to 15” long because one leg is longer than the other. It is stuffed with something hard, looks like wood shavings from the bottom of the foot where some is exposed. There is a growler or squeaker that I sent a pic with the tape measurer. It does not work but it is round and about 1 1/2” in diameter. You can see where it had a red ribbon at one time on the neck. The joints do articulate and I can also move the head. I cannot tell if there ever was a button in ear as there are no markings. The eyes I believe are glass.
Pam
Hi Pam,
Your American teddy with slender arms and short legs is from one of the original department stores; such as Montgomery Ward, Butler Brothers or Sears Roebuck. He has glass eyes, which could be on a wire shank or with a cone shaped glass. Either way, these were simply placed in the eye socket. He is stuffed with excelsior and dates to 1935. Squeakers were advertised as a novelty, and these were all American made! An ad from this time period says the 15" variety sold for 83 cents. They were five way jointed, using double washer joints for durability. The wide set eyes and sewn cord nose
might be missing the mouth extension. They were available with bows as well. Many of the American companies also offered premium teddies-to be redeemed with subscriptions or product. Today, he is still living strong and carries a value of $125.00.
Brenda
Hi Brenda,
I have this bear for 15 years and he is in excellent condition, was never played with. He is 10" tall and 6" inches sitting. Janie Heffel is on the tag sewn into the bear. Glass eyes, wool pads, mohair and moveable arms, legs and head. Janie Heffell signature on the hang tag, numbered 1/250. Named ‘Higgins’, Designed and Handmade Exclusively for The House of Windsor Collection. There is some sort of crest on the front of the hang tag.
Thank you.
Sheri
Hi Sheri,
Your mint condition artist teddy bear has the added provenance of its original paper identification tag along with the cloth seam tag. Made for the House of Windsor, the royal aspect is conveyed through the coat of arms symbol. Being mohair, wool felt pads, and done in the style of original Ideal bruins, his production number of #1 / 250, makes him even more appealing! Janie Heffel, the creative artist, even supplied his wardrobe of a white shirt collar and tie. He is considered "doll sized" at 10". With the present bear market, the values are lower due to supply and demand. Today, I would say a fair market value would be $100.00 for your handmade, artist designed "Higgins"! He is the premier teddy for this production.
Brenda
Brenda, once again I'm looking for your expertise in identifying one of my bears. I found him at an outdoor antique market. A nice bear from his late father's large collection. Because of the body shape and brown twill nose his father thought this might be an early American bear's perhaps by Ideal? 24" tall, has brown glass eyes with black pupils, a short, rounded snout and wide-set ears. He has no identification tags or labels; all his joints work well but he does have one paw pad that has been replaced. He is firmly stuffed with excelsior and made from very short mohair. His arms are on the short side and curve slightly at the paws. He has very straight legs, tapering at the ankle and
smallish feet with felt pads and no claw stitching. I would describe his body as long, sort of football or barrel shaped with a straight back. If he is indeed an older bear I think his condition is really good except, of coarse, for his replaced paw pad and a few lightly worn spots.
Best regards,
Peggy
Hi Peggy,
I am impressed with your recent find and the knowledge that was passed along to you through the owner! It is a very good example of the post war teddy bear made by Ideal. The shorter mohair is in excellent condition with his original amber glass eyes on wire shanks. In the 1920s, the limbs were made more slender along with the arms being shorter and hands turned upward. Most of the footpads had less of a point, with smaller feet from the previous decade. This was to save on material and increase production. The nose of twill fabric was also a time-saving method, along with no claws. As characteristic of these American icon bears is the football shaped body you so aptly described! This is considered a large bear at 24". His stuffing is excelsior, with the arms placed lower on the body, creating the shoulder area. Notice how the humps have become less prevalent as well. With cupped ears and slight turn up of the muzzle area, he is even more attentive. The original pads are intact, with a well sewn replacement. The value today would be $700.00.
Very fine teddy!
Brenda
Hi Brenda,
I have a bear from my mothers estate. I think it is a Schuoco, fully joined bear from 1925 due to the vertical stitching on the nose and embroidered protruding tongue. I don’t know if I’m right or not. I would like to identify the bear and have an idea as to its value before
I sell it.

Thank you,
Dave

Hi Dave,
Wonderful condition teddy with very long pile mohair! I think it comes from England, as a Merrythought. As Britain's oldest family owned factory, with original production of weaving, they produced some great mohair from the spinning company. Seeking a way to use their plush, they established a toy factory in 1930. I think your bear dates to the post war period, with designs used from the pre war era. The slight dropped stitch at the end of each nose, the three overstitched claws on the wool felt pads, and the glass eyes point to this famous maker. They had a nice fabric tag sewn on the right paws, declaring Merrythought Hygienic Toys, made in England. A later adaptation noted Ironbridge Shoppe instead of the Hygienic Toys. At 16", this is a medium sized bear, a perfect companion, capable of hugging back. The only factor not accounted for in this factory is the red embroidered tongue. Cramer of Germany was noted for this trait, however, the other weighing identification does not fit. So, we will keep him in the English Royal family of bears, dating to the late 40s, with designs of the 1930s. Since they transformed their factory to war efforts, patterns and materials were put into storage. England saw a large demand for their toys with many unwilling to buy from Germany. Value today would be $375.00. Brenda
Brenda,
I purchased this Teddy bear from a Consignment booth. I believe his deceased owner was born 1902.
He is 19" tall, is made of golden mohair and stuffed with wood (Excelcior?). He's lost his eyes and I found steel pins in the eye holes. There are remnants of a different felt fabric that once use to be the claw pads.
His nose and mouth are embroidered and still very visible. It looks as if his ears were re-attached. My guess is that he is an American bear.
Texas Greetings
Dalene

Hi Darlene,
Your intuition is correct on the identity of this teddy bear! He almost should be called Ted Bear, with his stature and large presence. The eyes were glass, attached to wire shanks, with only the remnants of the wires left. He dates to the 1912-14 period, early in bear years and this makes him an authentic antique. His arms are lower on the shoulders, yet are much longer than the bears of the 1920 era. Nicely formed feet are well defined and attached to the football shaped body of this classic Ideal. All the seams are top stitched, a procedure that made production easier and quicker. The finishing closure is the back seam, typical of American manufactures. Excelsior is used for the stuffing, with a twill cloth nose and corded mouth and nose extension. As with many of the bears of this time, he has some loving wear to let you know he was appreciated. Typical of American Ideals, they tried to duplicate the imported European bears. At 19", with some visible wear and thinning, he would have a value of $275.00 in today's market.
Brenda

Brenda, 
I have my grandfather’s teddy bear that I’d like to know more about and have appraised. My grandfather was born in 1905 so I believe the bear can be dated to 1905 or 1906. He is in pretty good shape considering my grandfather took it with him everywhere for a couple of years. He is approximately 12 inches tall with a slight hump on its back. He is made of mohair in a medium brown color and he has golden glass eyes. I can’t find any indication that he ever had a button that everyone talks about.
He has his original felt pads on his feet and hands. His head, arms, and legs all swivel. There is a slight tear on his upper left arm and his thread nose is showing wear. I plan to share this information with my 84 year-old mother who has always wanted to know more about her father’s teddy bear. 
Thank you!
Diane
Hi Diane,
    Your grandfathers teddy is an original Ideal, from the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. of NY.  They have been credited in many areas for creating the first teddy bear; they did produce early ones, however Steiff from Germany was the originator of the articulated bear. Your family heirloom is precious, especially with the fact he was loved as a true companion. Glass eyes came into use during the 1910 era, with shoe buttons being used before this. His touch of fabric nose was a familiar trait on many American bears, and he would have had four cord claws. He is of short mohair, the premium covering, and stuffed with excelsior. Notice the football shaped body with front closure seam, another Ideal trait. The original pads were wool felt, but they have been recovered nicely. We can date him to circa 1910, with the side position of the ears and the amber glass eyes. The length of the arms also indicate this time period. If you have pictures of your grandpa with the bear as a child, this would elevate the value. However, you still have family provenance by keeping a picture of him alongside teddy. Value today for your Teddy would be $300.00. Nice!  Brenda
Hello Brenda.
I love this sweet bear. He sits perfectly in my arm's and is weighted like a child. He sits up well. In his left ear is a knot of thread that is sewn through the ear that looks like a button might have been sewn on to. He has glass two tone blue eyes with a large thread knot at back of head where I think eyes were joined at the back to. He is 47 cm. His limbs and head are 360 degree jointed and have metal rods covered with strung attaching them. The whole body is a crunchy feeling and heavy except for part of the torso, which I think was repaired and stuffed with a softer fabric. He has
a noticeable hump and longer torso. He is mohair with four claws on each appendage. 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.
For sweet innocent teddy his appraisal would be under $150.00.
Brenda

Hi Brenda,

I'm writing in hopes of finding out about my grandmother's bear.

 

She went to the Steiff museum and the toy museum in Germany and returned with this bear. She passed away in july and I was given no other information about the bear.

 

The bear is 31" tall, has dark brown mohair. Jointed. Coos when tuned up and down. I'm not so sure it is a Steiff as I'm almost positive its Knickerbocker bear.

Thank you and have a great evening.
Diane

Hi Diane,
Your special heirloom teddy speaks volumes in size and sound! I can see why you think it looks American, under the guidance of Knickerbocker, with the contrasting pads and dark brown mohair. But, I think he is a German carnival bear, made by the cottage industries and dating to the 1950s. The painted glass eyes were used by several German factories. His short arms and ears toward the top of the head help to date him. The nose is unique, sculpted and varying from the resin and composition noses. The large head is almost in proportion to the size of his body! He is stuffed with excelsior to give the body a lasting shape. No claws, or sewing of the mouth extension is also a time saving labor during production. He has a good growler, for it to still be working, with no air pockets. Many of the home workers helped with the factory demand, and provided excellent work for those who enjoyed sewing. Keep a picture of your grandma by teddy, and help maintain the provenance. These were called carnival bears because they were prizes won during the fairs. Now you have the blue ribbon! Value today would be $275.00.
Brenda

Brenda, I purchased this Twyford bear in 2010 and hope you can provide me with some additional information and a current value. He is approximately 16 " tall, has plastic eyes and a vertically stitched wool nose. He has his original Twyford fabric label sewn into the left side seam. I'm not sure what he's made of but I don't think it's mohair. His condition is very good with little sign of wear except for his rexine paw pads which are bare but in tact.

His head is firm so thinking excelsior but I believe his body, arms and legs are kaypok filled. There seems

to be a little excelsior in the middle of his back, maybe placed around a voice box?

If that's the case it no longer works. Best regards,
Peggy

Hi Peggy,
Another royal teddy with the Twyford label the reads "Made in England." It is mohair, which is a combination of wool and cotton to make it soft and classic. The parent company of Twyford, was J.K. Farnell, maker of the famous Winnie the Pooh! Another name for Twyford was "Action Toycraft". They were a short-lived factory with production
years of 1964-1970 and that is why he has plastic eyes, to conform to the child safety laws. The head is excelsior stuffed for shape and definition, while the body is kapok for playing. The excelsior you feel in the back would have been to keep the voice box in position. With the slightest air pocket the noise is usually silent and non-working. That does not affect the value. At 16", this bear is considered mid-sized. The bear market is still down, due to the availability within the internet. The rexine pads were common on many English teddies and the wear usually shows. Most often they crack, exposing the woven nature of the cloth beneath the pads. Today the value would be $125.00. Enjoy, Brenda
Brenda, I recently purchased this sweet bear. He is 16" tall, has brown and black eyes and a black moulded rubber nose. His plush mohair is in good shape but he does have some gently worn (not bald) patches; nothing that you wouldn't expect from a well loved teddy. His back legs are chubby with flat, oval shaped pads and there appears to be a bit of mark or indent on his right paw pad, maybe from a tag.
His arms curve upward and all pads appear to be made of a velvet-like material. There are 4 stitched claws on each of his back paws but if there were claws on the front non remain. His head is firm so I'm thinking excelsior but I believe his body, arms and legs are kaypok filled. He has a voice box that sometimes works. Peggy
Hi Peggy,
Your sweet bear is English, made by Chiltern! He is indeed royal with mohair fur, and resembles the Hugmee series. The roots of Chiltern go back to 1908, with Leon Rees, who was born in Germany and relocated in London. Teddy bears were not in their factory until 1915, with the introduction of Master Teddy. Your bear dates to the late 50s, with the rubber nose and glass eyes. These eyes were pretty much considered large and they have that puppy dog appeal! Perhaps that contributes to the Hugmee label. The four claws were common along with the velveteen pads, some reinforced with card board for standing. The head is excelsior with the soft kapok filled body. A blue and white tag would have been attached to the footpad, reading Chiltern Hygenic Toys. The upward turn of the hands is another tribute to this hugging characteristic. At 16", your bear is a medium sized teddy with a value today of $325.00.
Enjoy!
Brenda
Hi Brenda,
This gorgeous teddy has been the"favorite" in my collection for nearly a decade now. I won him in a very lively auction on eBay years ago. The gentleman selling this bear said he had inherited it from a 'well to do' elderly friend of his. That lady was teddy's only caretaker he thought and she intimated to him that it was a Steiff. However as teddy has not retained any identification I would like to have that either confirmed or debunked. Most of all though I would just like to know as much about him as possible. Regardless of his brand or worth today I have and will continue to love and admire his wonderful face and configuration.
14" tall and is solidly stuffed. I believe he possesses a now defunct growler in his midsection . If so this growler box maybe a double growler as it feels about 3" long. Fortunately he seems to have been cherished but throughout his entire life his mohair is still in excellent overall condition and color. I see the tiniest bit of thinning at the foot seams by the claws but that is all. His felt paw pads are fine as are all five joints and sixteen claws. I am excited at the prospect of learning more about him.
Thanking you in advance,
Sandy
Hi Sandy,
The stoic and steady pose captures his magnificence. Yes, he is a Steiff. He hails from the vintage era 1951-53. The style is the "Original Teddy" and this particular model had longevity, and saw slight changes over the years. One such change was the vertical nose on the 14" (35cm) teddy. He is white and considered a rarer color mohair with the brown cord nose. The longer arms and contouring of the face suggest a more mature example. The stuffing is excelsior and the larger than normal voice box is a growler. After the war many supplies that were stored were often used to fill orders. Germany had to use the zone tag for articles that were exported, 1948-53. This tag said, "made in US Zone, Germany". Wonderful that you found a treasure with a one person ownership. That accounts for the great condition! It has the hand finished seam on the front body, four claws and the brown painted glass eyes. Margarete Steiff said only the best for our children, and she meant it! Keep all the notations you have about this bear together which contribute to his provenance.
Today, the teddy would be valued at $550.00.
Brenda
Hi Brenda,
I bought this bear because of the unusual 2 buttons in his ears. It perked my curiosity and I have no idea what
I have. The buttons look strange although I knew they were blank.This bear is 18" tall, not mohair. Needs lots of love and has had some sloppy repairs. I looked it up in my Steiff Identification price guide, pg 40 and possibly hope that it's him? I hope the photos show his fur or lack of and he doesn't have any bald spots but is dirty in places.
I am so glad I ran across your website. I wasn't sure how
I was ever going to find out about him.
Thanks, Charlene
Hi Charlene,
Your newly acquired teddy bear is definitely old and considered in the antique category. However, the blank brass buttons are more of a decoration than an ID trait. It is an American manufactured toy and with the wool plush material most resembles the Miller Antiseptic teddy bear. The company was a short lived, making their teddies somewhat rare. The eyes are shoe buttons and the five claws support the age as 1907. This was known as the age of the teddy bear when everyone desired to have this toy. The finishing seam on the body is in the back, another common thread for American bruins. The stuffing is most likely excelsior with some settling of its contents over all the years. The pads are wool felt and the nose is wool cord. At 18", this is considered a large sized bear. Today the value would be around $800.00.
Brenda
Hi Brenda,
I bought this bear at our local consignment shop. He came with a bit of provenance that says he belonged to a woman who was born on October 27, 1905. Bear is 12” in length when laid flat and measured from the tip of an ear to the foot on the same side. His arms, legs and head move/ swivel. He is crunchy when squeezed and I believe there is something solid in his center, but I can’t be sure; it might just be packed filling. His eyes are solid black. His fur appears to be mohair.
He has stitched claws on all four paws. His pads are felt-like and appear to be in pretty good condition. The button is puzzling. It reads “Steiff,” does not have the long “f,” but appears to be one of the iron/nickel plated buttons since it attracted a magnet I held to it. It is difficult to ascertain whether the diameter of the button is 3/16” or ¼”.

Thank you in advance,
Laura
Hi Laura,
Interesting that the birth date of the original owner to coincide with Teddy Roosevelt's birthday which is Oct. 27th! Your original Steiff teddy bear dates to 1907 with the shoe button eyes, felt pads and four claws on the hands and feet. The nickel plated iron button was used after the blank button and elephant button. It has a magnetic force. Usually, the FF underscored button is the norm, with the FF trailing in effect. Perhaps this area is worn, from the metal. There is some damage to the wool felt pads and with careful sewing could ensure the contents will not leak. So, the original owner got him for her 2nd birthday and the bear is considered an antique, over 100 years old. At 12" it is still considered small, as the doll size is 10". Measuring teddies while they are on their backs, from the top of the head to the heal of the foot, insures a proper length. He is stuffed with excelsior and has
a squeaker in the tummy. Most have not retained their voice box, as air gets into the squeaker and the seal is broken. Some mohair loss but overall a very nice bear.
Value today for your piece of the archives is $750.00. Any pictures of the original owner with the bear would increase the value around 10%.
Brenda

Hi Brenda,

This is a bear my mother owned. I did not play with this bear. He was kept for show. My mom was born in 1923 and I do not know when she received the bear, but am sure it was when she was a child. He is 24" from bottom of his foot to the top of his. No tags visible. Has disk joints arms and legs and his head turns. Amber Glass eyes and rubber nose. Cinnamon color. Paws feel like thick wool felt.
Thank you,
Kathleen

Hi Kathleen,
Your provenance could increase the value of your teddy bear, once owned by mom! Look for pictures that might have both of them photographed, but if none are found, you should at least take a picture today of you and the bear. It dates to the 1930s and is from the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. of NY. Many have stated that this firm originated the first teddy bears that were inspired by the Clifford Berryman cartoon published in the Washington Post. However, in recent years with more investigation, we know for sure that their factory started mass production in 1907. It could be that Morris and Rose Mitchom made some hand made bruins and put them into their stationery store's window before the teddy craze. Now, back to your large mohair teddy that is stuffed with kapok. The reddish color differs from the brown Knickerbockers of this same time period. What sets him apart is the rubber nose. Ideal started with cord noses, then varied their designs with rubber, hard plastic and later, vinyl. The contrasting wool felt pads have an over stitch similar to Gund. An inset shorter mohair muzzle with large ears and amber glass eyes rate him a very good vintage condition teddy. Some had voices, but most are not operable today. The hang tag would have been cardboard. By 1938 they shortened their name to Ideal Toy Co. Value on teddies have suffered a down market, but with all this into consideration, your American icon teddy should be insured for $400.00.
Brenda

Keep your bears safe!

You can keep your bear bug free today by placing some moth repellent near him. Cedar is pleasant smelling and comes in thin wooden planks. I use Enoz moth packets, lavender scented, in all the glass cases where the bears are displayed. It is available at Walmart and not expensive. They last for several months, then you just replace each packet with a new one. The sweet smell of the mohair and the attraction of the excelsior is a magnet for the undesirable critters.

How much is your beloved bear worth?

Ask Brenda Yenke

 

Appraisals are $20.00 for each item.

(Bears, stuffed animals, vintage toys too)

 

Use PayPal (link below) and send your bear photos to:

bearsandbuds@aol.com

Please include as much information about your bears as possible: size, how it was acquired, various poses,
and 3-9 photos if possible.


Do we have permission to show your bear on this web page?

Only your first name will be published.
Please tell us when you send your photos in your email.


Now available an Evaluation Certificate

 

Document contains a photo of your bear, the email request from you describing the bear, and the appraisal by Brenda.

 

The Evaluation Certificate will come to you in a pdf format for you to print and keep with your beloved bear.

 

Certificates are $10.00 for each bear.

 

Select the option from the PayPal button.

Single or Multiple Appraisals


After a paid appraisal, should you wish an Evaluation Certificate, please use this PayPal button for ordering.

 

Please state the name of the bear in the comment box.

 

 
 
 
 




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