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Teddy Bear & Vintage Toy Appraisals
September 2018

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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Brenda I was given this bear as a baby from my grandmother around 1976-1977 I'm guessing and my mother is not sure where the bear was before me. It is in really really good condition as it hasn't really been touched in 40 years. There is absolutely zero wear or damage, it looks like there is only one bit of red ink it seems under his chin but hard to see (I have not tried to clean this off as of this time) There is bells in both ears that work perfect. Bear has lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia it's whole life.
Mike

Hi Mike,
What a terrific teddy, hailing from England with the Merrythought company!Particularly notable is the style of the bear, it is called a Cheeky Teddy, and was introduced for the first time in 1957. Merrythought is a classic factory, as evidenced from the ID sewn tag on the left foot. They started in 1930, on the Shropshire location. Unique to this firm, they always remained an English made product. Your iconic teddy is an original and the designer was Jean Barber. It was named Cheeky from a story told that the Royal Family visited the premises, and someone remarked, “a Cheeky little bear”! As noted from the storyteller, they were not sure if this was the Queen Mother or the present Queen Elizabeth. Nonetheless, Hygenic Toys became their quality control along with patented locked in eyes in 1958.He is mohair, with wool felt pads and the distinctive smiling face. The bells in the ears followed production until 1983. Your particular model seems to be from 1977, with a corresponding likeness in color. I am thinking he is 15”, however, they did make a 25” model in 1959. Because of his desirability and condition, the value would be $900.00.

Brenda

Hi Brenda,
This is a 12 inch bear that I purchased from the internet. He has glass eyes and a funny heart shaped nose. His pads are felt. His head is very solid and so are his arms and legs. But his body is softer to the touch and he looks like he has been hugged a lot. He does have something hard in his belly, but he makes no noise.
He does have something stamped on his foot, but I cannot read it. His finishing seam is up his back. I would love to know who is he. I just love that face!
Thank you,
Mary Jane

Hi Mary Jane,
Your sweet little teddy is an early American bear, manufactured by Aetna. They had the characteristic woven nose, which in your case has a heart shaped design. Production started in NY, like many of the other businesses, in 1906. They were formerly known as the “Keystone Bear”. George Borgfeldt and Co. were the sole distributors. That was the premier supplier of goods in the US. In Playthings magazine, 1906, an ad appeared for this company with a patent applied for intention. Pictured is one of the seven sizes they made, with the words AETNA stamped on the right foot. Made as an equal to the imported bear (Steiff), the highest grade of materials and workmanship were also described. Your little guy is in excellent condition, and to have the trace of the stamp is remarkable at over a hundred years old! He dates to 1910. Cardboard reinforced soles allows for teddy to stand! The pinkish felt coverings are also good, with just an inkling of a tiny hole. They were hand closed in the back seam, a trait for many American companies. Notice how the ears are more towards the side of the head, a precedent for early bears. As the years passed, teddies ears moved toward the top of the head. E. I. Horsemann and Co. of N.Y. bought the Aetna Doll and Bear Co. in 1919. The squeaker you feel in the tummy is most probably non operational. Your fine example would be valued at $1,500.00. Good bear hunting and trained eye on your part! Congrats.
Brenda

Brenda, I purchased this teddy from a dealer in Great Britain a year ago. Though he has handled many teddies over the years, he had never seen one quite like this. My broad-shouldered teddy is 22 inches tall. He has short and very soft mohair. His head and body are very solid and stuffed with wood shavings. His arms and legs are softer, like kapok. His eyes are glass. His paw and foot pads are felt. I love his shield shaped body.I have looked through teddy books and cannot find anything as "muscular" as this guy. I don't know how or he is, but he is a keeper to me!
Mary Jane

Hi Mary Jane,
What a unique teddy! The fact that the dealer was a bit mystified from Bruin’s attributes, is worth noting. I think he is characterized by the English manufactures, and in particular, LeFray Toys Ltd. They were established in 1948 within west London. In 1958, they moved to NW London; then two years later, relocated to a larger factory in St. Albans Hertfordshire. That move brought them an increased productivity with the upgrade in machinery. Moving to Wales in 1969, they remained here then converted to Real Soft Toys in 1980. Ten years later, they received the license to produce Rupert Bear. That is their history now back to your Teddy! He dates to the 1950s, is mohair (English), and has company with some of their unusual designs. Larger bears were common to Le Fray, with the excelsior torso and head, then sub or soft stuffed limbs. The noses were vertical, yours is a simple square completed in vertical fashion. The pads are felt, matching the inner ear lining, another trait of LeFray. Three claws on the feet and usually had claws on the hands as well. The eyes are glass, before the child safety laws. A hand sewn finishing seam is completed on his back. He is in very good condition, with no loss of mohair. At 22”, this large vintage teddy would be valued at $375.00. Another seldom seen teddy!
Brenda

Hi, Brenda,

This bear belonged to my dad. He acquired it as a small child. He was born in the late 1920’s, so I believe it is from the 20’s. It is 15 inches tall, and its legs, arms and head move. It has glass eyes, and I believe the coat is acrylic instead of mohair. It appears to be stuffed with wood or straw. He’s missing a bit of fur on his front side but none on his back. His paws are felt and damaged a little. He is clean and from a smoke-free home. Not bad for almost a hundred years old! I’ve searched and searched but I can’t find a bear that looks like him. I’m excited to hear what you think about him! Thank you so much!
Sincerely, Kathryn

Hi Kathryn,
Sweet heirloom teddy from your Dad! He is a Knickerbocker, dating to the late 1920s- early 30s. The long arms are indicative of this period, along with the felt pads. The company was founded in 1850 in NY to produce lithograph alphabet blocks for children. They did their first teddy bears in 1920, then moved to NJ. Shirley Temple had a Knickerbocker in her childhood film, Captain January, and it became a favorite of hers! They are also credited for producing Smokey Bear in the late 1960s. Your Dad’s toy has glass eyes, and luckily they are still in place! His nose is missing threads, but this can be corrected. Teddy bears were made specially for boys in the 1906-7 era. Girls had their dollies, and boys needed a companion as well. Fashioned after our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, this legend of Teddy’s bear lives on. He is well loved, as the fur is missing in spots, but he is still able to interact. If you have pictures of your Dad with teddy, especially as a child, this would add to value and create provenance. As he is now, the value for the 15” model is around $65.00. The felt pads could be filled in, to prevent excelsior from leaking.
Brenda

My estate find today Brenda is this big bear. Would love to find out more about the bear. He is fully jointed and is 21" tall. Feels like small glass eye. When i squish the body it sounds like rafia or something inside. That is really all I know. I do not collect but fell in love with this bear.
Thanks
Joann

Hi Joann,
You picked out a wonderful teddy at the estate sale! He seems to be an American, from the Aetna Co. and dates to the 1906-07 era. The sweet face is indicative of this factory, with mohair and excelsior stuffing. The five claws were the earliest teddies, and he was advertised in the 1906 Playthings magazine as having the style and quality of the imported bears. The feet, with the pinkish wool felt, have cardboard inserts to help him stand. At 21”, this is considered a large teddy. Originally these bears were called the Keystone Bear, and sold through the George Borgfeldt & Co. distributors. The nose is somewhat heart shaped, usually it is a woven blended cord, with either shoe button or glass eyes. The ears are cupped and a stamped AETNA ID would have been placed on the right foot pad. They are seldom found with this still visible. Eventually , the factory became the Aetna Doll and Toy Co., still located in NY, then sold to Horsman in 1919. Your antique teddy with some wear would be valued under $2,000.00. The missing shoe button could be easily replaced, so he can see better! Brenda

Hi Brenda,

I seem to be developing a knack for finding the odd balls, which is proving to be more fun than one can imagine. I'm trying desperately to learn what I can to be able to identify these old souls but find myself stumped once again with 'Bruce'. I found Bruce at a vintage discount store.His eyes are glass with painted backs and the paint is chipping off in a couple spots.

He is fully jointed His mouth is stitched and his nose is a very hard plastic. He is a large boy at 22 inches. Firmly stuffed. To date, according to my web searches he is either British, German, French, Dutch or American... and anywhere from the 1920's to the 1950's. Once again, I bow to your knowledge. With my thanks,
Eileen

Hi Eileen,
Wow, what a great teddy! He is very unusual, but has some similar traits to keep us tuned into the British manufactures. Most notably are the ears, flat and sewn into the head gusset. Founded in 1903, was the Dean’s Rag Book Co., making a children’s indestructible cloth book. From this venture, they continued on their printed cloth venture and also made teddy bears in 1908. Your example is most probably from the 1930s with the synthetic silk plush used in the fur, yet still having glass eyes and excelsior stuffing. In the 1950s they did a very rare Tru-to-Life teddy, with black acrylic fur and a rubber nose. It is possible your nose is composition or a glazed hard rubber. The 1930s era was their best for productivity, and today very few remain. Their logo was either stamped on the feet or a tag was sewn unto the right footpad. With Farnell producing such a famous bear in 1920, “Pooh”, maybe this inspired Deans in the 30s era. No problem with the silent growler, many are non operable today. The longer arms, formed head and three claws were traits of this period. Today, the value of “Bruce Deans” would be $500.00.
Brenda

Hi Brenda!
My bear is a Gund, about 14 inches tall from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet. He has all 4 working movable joints and his head is jointed and moves as well. I believe he has glass eyes and there is a ribbon around his neck which I dont know is original or not. He has stitched on felt pads on his hands and feet. I think his nose may have been restricted on but not for sure. I got him at an estate sale this summer and thought he was so neat and vintage looking I couldn't pass him up! Thank you for any help!
Deborah

Hi Deborah,
Your classic Gund teddy dates from 1940-56 with the significant ID tag of NY and the J Swedlin Inc. notation. Adolf Gund founded his company in 1898, in Norwalk CT producing novelties and stuffed toys. In the early 1900s, he moves the business to NY city, making teddy bears in 1906. Being a German immigrant, he felt good hiring Jacob Swedlin in 1909, a Russian immigrant. He does menial jobs at first, then advances to pattern making. He is a worker, and a personal assistant to Adolf Gund. In 1925, Gund retires, and Jacob Swedlin buys the business, bringing his family to NY as workers too. He lived until 1976, and today Gund is still operational, but the factory is overseas. Now back to your example! The bear is a curly plush, and in very good condition. The googly eyes are plastic, a bit clouded over the years. They were clamped in, before safety standards were law. The nose is also in excellent shape. Thank goodness for the ID, that sets it above the ordinary. The top stitching of the seams and pads are characteristics of this firm. Value for your tagged estate find is $125.00.
Brenda

Brenda,
I found the most beautiful bear at a thrift store. There must have been a collector that donated a bunch of items. I know very little about this bear, but I am in love with his face and his beautiful smile. He is light in color and fully jointed. He has felt pads and a stitched nose. There is a tag on his ear that says Walt Disney company, a number 342, Mickey Mouse face, a barcode, and a price of $225. His head is hard like it is stuffed very full. The body is softer with stuffing at the top and maybe pellets at the bottom.

He has a bum tag that reads HOLLYBEARYS Mt. Blanchard, OH All new materials OH Reg. #14228. On one foot there is a ribbon stitched on that says HOLLYBEARYS and a handwritten number 22/37. He is about 15" in length.
Thank you so much for any information you can give me.
Crystal

Hi Crystal,
Your vanilla mohair teddy bear is an artist creation, meaning it was handmade by the artist and offered through the Hollybearys collection. In the state of OH, all artists who make teddy bears should be registered within the state and have a tag attached to their bodies, stating such. This is especially important to meet safety guidelines, as in the sale of children’s toys. However, some are edited for collectors only and not intended to be used by children, which is also stated on the tag. This seems to be the case with your little bear, who is a limited edition of #22. from an inventory of 37 made. The pellet stuffing is another guide for collecting only, as these can be a choking hazard with an opened seam. It just does not seem that the Disney Co. would offer this bear as an item for sale..with the possibility of it not being child safe. Perhaps the tag was on another item and transferred along the way. It is a well made and very happy bear, with felt pads, articulated joints, and hand sewn cord nose and mouth. Back in the 90s, these artists creations were selling for $125.00 and up. But, today on the secondary market their value is half that-$75.00 on a good day. The great thing is it local to OH, is in excellent condition, and was found at the thrift store!
Brenda

Here is another bear Brenda.

It is about 16" long and the body is around 5" wide. Jointed limbs which move tightly within their own radius. Padded material on feet and hands. Glassy eyes. Prevalent center stitch front and back torso.

All four bears were inherited from my grandfather who was back & forth from Germany since the 40's. He bought and sold many items from around the world, but they're most likely to have come from Germany or the states to my knowledge.

Thanks so much!
Austin

Hi Austin,
This large sized teddy is pristine, with a silk plush fur and white mohair contrasting on the muzzle, pads and ear linings. He is German, from the Hermann family dynasty. They started in 1896, with the original family of Johann and Roselie Hermann. Eventually the wood toys found company with plush animals, with an enlarged factory in 1913. All the children worked in the business, with Max and Bernard having separate factories. Your 5 way jointed teddy with red glass eyes dates to the 1940s and is made by Hermann Pluschtiere, located in Sonneberg. Max Hermann enlisted his son, Rolf Gerhard to be a toy designer. After the death of Max, the company continued under Rolf, and today, generations later..it is still in family hands. Hermann district traits were three claws on the hands and feet, a horizontally stitched nose, and an inset muzzle.
With his crisp appearance, he could be valued at $275.00.
Brenda

Here is Bear #3 - it is about 16" long and the body is around 5" wide. Jointed limbs which move tightly within their own radius. Very soft and fluffy. Looks like mohair around nose/ears/hands/feet but potentially different more fluffy material on body and arms? Center stitch up and down torso.

All four bears were inherited from my grandfather who was back & forth from Germany since the 40's. He bought and sold many items from around the world, but they're most likely to have come from Germany or the states to my knowledge.
Austin

Hi Austin,
This large sized teddy is pristine, with a silk plush fur and white mohair contrasting on the muzzle, pads and ear linings. He is German, from the Hermann family dynasty. They started in 1896, with the original family of Johann and Roselie Hermann. Eventually the wood toys found company with plush animals, with an enlarged factory in 1913. All the children worked in the business, with Max and Bernard having separate factories. Your 5 way jointed teddy with red glass eyes dates to the 1940s and is made by Hermann Pluschtiere, located in Sonneberg. Max Hermann enlisted his son, Rolf Gerhard to be a toy designer. After the death of Max, the company continued under Rolf, and today, generations later..it is still in family hands. Hermann district traits were three claws on the hands and feet, a horizontally stitched nose, and an inset muzzle.
With his crisp appearance, he could be valued at $275.00.
Brenda

Here is Bear #4 - it is about 16" long and the body is around 5" wide. Jointed limbs which move tightly within their own radius. Padded material on feet and hands. Glassy eyes. Prevalent center stitch front and back torso. All four bears were inherited from my grandfather who was back & forth from Germany since the 40's. He bought and sold many items from around the world, but they're most likely to have come from Germany or the states to my knowledge.
Thanks so much!
Austin

Hi Austin,
Your miniature wire jointed teddy is made of a synthetic fur and could possibly be a member of the Armin Bar factory of Neustadt, Germany. Most articulated German bears are disc jointed instead of the simplistic wire jointed method. But, some of the mechanical bears had to be jointed with the wire in order to do the gymnastic movements. Aside from this task, the wire joints saved labor and were cost effective.
The Bar teddy bears started after their doll production, in 1947. At this time, glass eyes could still be used before the child safety laws. It has an inset contrasting muzzle, no pads and a plastic nose. The style resembles a tiny bear cub with small cupped, lifelike ears. He dates to the 1950s and is considered a miniature. The fluffy stuffing could be kapok. Value for your vintage teddy would be $75.00.
Brenda

Here is Bear #1 - it is about 8" long and the body is 2" wide. Seemingly mohair fur with small patches missing. Jointed limbs and a middle stitch down the body.

All four bears were inherited from my grandfather who was back & forth from Germany since the 40's. He bought and sold many items from around the world, but they're most likely to have come from Germany or the states to my knowledge.
Austin

Hi Austin,
This is your best manufactured teddy, considered to be German, and from the Wilhelm Strunz Co. They were a major competitor of Steiff, and did many designs that challenged them, with court proceedings on trademark infringements. Strunz began in 1902, as a factory of cloth and felt toys. Your doll sized teddy is 5 way jointed, was originally a gold mohair example but now has some years of dust accumulation. The pads were a wool tan felt, and the nose a horizontally stitched black cord. His ears are cupped like Steiff, one original glass eye remains, while the other is a replacement. Usually they had some voice box, squeaker, within the tummy area. He dates to 1912, with four claws on the hands and feet. The stuffing is excelsior and has settled, with some missing particularly in the arms. He shows his age, an antique at this point! If you have any pictures of your Grandfather with teddy this could add to the value. As he is now, a value of $200.00 would be appropriate. Cleaning and replacing an eye could also increase value. His bones are good!
Brenda

Brenda, I got this bear from my mom.


She was a pretty avid antique collector but unfortunately passed away unexpectedly so we were not able to get much info from her. She did travel to England several times and may have purchased some of these bears there.

Amy

Hi Amy,
Done in the style of an American Co.,the Miller Mfg. this teddy has some very unique characteristics. The material is very much like their first teddies in 1907, with this short brushed wool fabric, long arms and defined large feet. The intricately sewn nose cord is meticulously completed as are the claws. Most of the American companies used a final stitching closure on the back, and this too corresponds with that trait. The fabric itself is thicker than a woven mohair backing, making the seams very visible and the ears appear chunky. It is possible this is from our cottage industry, the artistic home sewers, similar to the German firms. The pads point to an acrylic felt, with the slight raising of the nap. As a cottage creation this was made during some economic challenges because of the materials used. After the war, it took time for the supplies to be regenerated. I think it dates to the 1940-50 era, when glass eyes were still acceptable. Excelsior would be the stuffing-to keep the formal shape. Earlier bears always have a slight outward turn on the ankles, while yours has a straight upward point to the feet. The four claws on the hands with three in the feet, point to the creativity of the maker. Value for your artist made teddy would be $300.00.
Brenda

Hi Brenda,
I have had a white and black tagged 18" large Steiff Teddy bear for over 20 years now and am curious about it. It was purchased in 1993 at a Disney convention and signed by Susanna Steiff Pinyuh. When I got it it came with a smaller Poo Bear (red and white tag 651243)and I was told to always keep them together.(?) It looks like it is a 20 of a 25 limited edition signed on the tag by a signature I can not make out but starts with J.R.
Curious to hear back from you.
Best
Susan

Hi Susan,
What great collectibles from the early 90s..and with provenance! Markets have changed over the past several years, due to a change in collectors. Sad commentary, but hoping it rebounds with an even keener interest on the handmade items. Steiff is the tops as far as quality, and your one large bear is so limited, it has an appeal. Dating from 1993, the Second Annual Teddy Bear Classic in Disneyland CA, your #651533 at 60cm, was number 20/25. The provenance is the signature of Jorg Junginger, who passed away at the young age of 58 in 2001. You had it signed again by S. Steiff P., also dated 1993. The value for this bear would be $3,000.00+, in mint condition with tags and ribbon. The Pooh Bear dates to 1994, from Disney World, FL, the Teddy and Doll Convention. This series is the smallest at 30cm, with a limited edition of 2,500 pieces. Hopefully, his value would be $450.00. Very nice pieces with many memories of great events!
Brenda

Hi Brenda,
I received this bear about 18 years ago from a friend when my daughter was born. It was from Mother's collection I believe. Not sure if it is really antique or not.
24 inches in length
Arms, legs and head jointed
Mohair (I think)
Humpback
Have a growler that used to work. Doesn't anymore.
No tags or buttons

Thank you,
Rhonda

Hi Rhonda,
You captured Teddy’s essence when you photographed him on all fours..just like they did in the early Steiff ads! What this reveals about the long arms matching the legs, is the similar nature to older bears. He has a hump on the back like original bears too, akin to the shoulder blade placement on real bears. Your heirloom teddy is an artist made piece, and I think it is made from alpaca. Mohair is another natural fabric, but from the shaved muzzle appearance and the density of the longer fibers, the alpaca fur was chosen by the artist. At 24” this is a lofty size bear! The nose is wool cord, the eyes plastic, and the pads seem to be an acrylic felt. Interestingly, the feet have an outline to replicate toes of a real bear. I think it dates to the 1990s, and is referred to as an collectible. Growlers were the choice in voice in larger bears, however, they can be inoperative due to an air pocket. Your teddy was constructed with great care and style! Value today for your teddy would be $275.00.
Hopefully, the bear market will become a bull market over time, and his value will increase!
Brenda

Hello Brenda,
I recently purchased two bears at auction.

The first teddy is tan mohair, fully jointed with brown glass eyes with black pupils. There is no evidence of claw stitching and he has a non operative squeaker.

He is stuffed with straw and 10 inches in height.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Best Regards,
Jill

 

Hi Jill,
Your auction win is wonderful! He is an American bear, Aetna, produced around 1907. The nose is characteristically a woven type of fabric, done in the horizontal mode for the smaller size. They were exclusively available through the distributor George Borgfeldt and Co. of NY. The eyes are glass, done in amber with black pupils. This is one of the quality teddies made in America, during the teddy craze. The stuffing is excelsior and perhaps he had a voice a one time. The best mohair was used, along with wool felt for the pads. His right foot had a label, stamped AETNA, at his creation. Another interesting factor is the cardboard under the foot, to help with standing. The four claws were done in a wool cord. This was a short lived company; however, with the top materials used, they are still living today! This 10” size is referred to as a “doll sized” teddy. Value today for your sweet soulful bear would be $1,200.00.
Brenda

The second teddy is more of a gold mohair and 9 inches in height. He is also fully jointed but has shoe button eyes,
I believe he is stuffed also with straw and feel something metal in his belly, not sure if it is a squeaker or not. His face has a more triangular shape. He is missing quite a bit of mohair and his body is very skinny when viewed from the side.
Best Regards,
Jill

Hi Jill,
This is another great teddy, and comes from the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. of NY.  He is early, and I think he had five claws to begin life. We will give him a birthdate of 1905. The characteristic triangular shaped head with the shoe buttons sewn inside the head seam, are also notable traits. His nose is wool cord, done in a horizontal fashion, matching the claws. Morris and Rose Michtom were the proprietors of this famous firm, with Ideal manufacturing moving to Brooklyn and offices in NJ. They advertised in the Playthings magazine, that they were the exact replicas of the imported bear (Steiff)! Their longevity continued until 1984, with eventual production done overseas. The legacy of the Michtom’s is the endearing quiet concern for fellow Americans, often supporting those who needed help. In his obituary, Morris is finally applauded for all the good he achieved, without asking for recognition.
So, your teddy has a great history, even though he is well loved! Value today would be $700.00.
Brenda

This bear belonged to my grandfather who was born in 1921. The bear is 20 inches tall. The arms are movable and there is a black button located on the left side, however, it doesn't work. The bear is very firm to the touch and almost makes a crunching noise if squeezed. The one paw has a threadbare spot and it appears to have straw filling. There are no eyes. A "Y" shaped seam runs right down the middle of the bear from head to the end of the torso, front and back. There's no tags or manufacture markings visible from what
I could see. There appears to be thicker and larger stitches on the left shoulder and the lower back. Overall there are very few patches of no hair or hair loss. Thank you so much for your time to appraise this bear and tell my family whatever you know about it.
Thanks,
Miranda

Hi Miranda,
What a great example of the Electric Eye Bear, made in America from 1907-1930. Your example may very well be from the American Stuffed Toy Co., a NY firm. Because these had traits similar to yours; non jointed legs, and a head, with jointed arms allowing them to reach out and hug! He is stuffed with excelsior, and that knob that does not work was the battery pack “on and off” for the electric eyes. The glass bulbs that were in place originally, resemble the lightbulbs in flashlights. It was really futile to have a battery pack encased in the body of this bear, because like all batteries, they have a short life span. So, in effect, that is what kept him in such good condition. He was not working, so he was stored. Luckily, he was kept in living conditions. Dating from 1915-1920, these teddies are relics from the past. The same company that made your bear, also did a Patriotic teddy in red, white and blue mohair. Value today could be increased if you have a picture of your grandfather with his teddy..this is called provenance. I would appraise him at $800.00 as he stands. A stoic bruin from the American teddy bear movement! Enjoy your family heirloom,
Brenda

This bear was given to my great aunt as a child, around 1910 - 1920. He is approx 10 inches from ears to toes. The button in the ear has a small amount of gold ribbon attached. He is jointed but no growl.
Thank you for helping to value my bear.
Tami

Hi Tami,
Your Steiff heirloom teddy dates to the 1950s. It is called the Original Teddy, styled with an overall chubbiness. They did have a similar bear in their earlier years, but the muzzles were more defined and smaller. We can tell for sure of it’s age by the vertically stitched nose on this 10” example. Steiff made an early edict that all bears 16” and over, would have a vertical nose. Those under 16”, would carry a horizontal nose. This changed with the introduction of Original Teddy. The mohair is Gold, and under this color the tag would have been labeled #01120482. The nickel button with a script Steiff was used until the 1960s, very common on the 1950s stock. The yellow tag indicates an open production. Now for the eyes. They could be glass for the early 50s, which would be cold to the touch. Plastic eyes do not conduct temperature, so they are warm compared to the glass. He is excelsior stuffed as the old bears were constructed. Growlers were found on the larger bears, and the smaller examples had squeakers. He seems to still have the original satin ribbon around his neck! Value for your  “doll sized” teddy would be $95.00. He is in excellent condition!
Brenda

Hi Brenda,

This bear on wheels is 91/2 x 6" and belonged to my husband's aunt who received it in 1924 at the age of 3.

The bear has no bald spots in the fur. The fur is gray in color and the eyes are amber with black pupils.

Marianne

Hi Marianne,
What a nice keepsake from the family! The BW nameplate is the Bing Works trademark, and dates to 1919 with the red background. BIng was Ken’s favorite toy maker, with their German heritage and excellent designs. He said like Steiff, they were top quality. After 1932, the Bing Company was closed. He is a bear on wheels, as opposed to a teddy bear on wheels. The difference is a jointed head for the teddy. Made with the realism of life, Bing had an artist design their patterns. Early bears had shoe button eyes in this model, while the later bears had glass eyes, like yours. Done in mohair with excelsior stuffing, it also sports a center seam on the bears head. The wheels are quite durable and make it a pull toy. Originally it had a leather collar around the neck, which would have had a ring attachment for the clock chain, to act as the pull chain. His condition is excellent, but the end caps for the wheels may be missing or pushed inward. All in all, a perfect example of one of the premier makers. Value today would be $1,800.00.

Brenda

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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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