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Teddy Bear & Vintage Toy Appraisals
May 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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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

Hi Brenda,
Do I have an early Steiff bear? I got it is from a Vietnam vet's estate who was a collector of antiques too. I bought a collection of model cars and when I got home and I started to look through the boxes of cars and discovered a shoe box. Inside there was a beautiful bear. There was a consignment receipt stating it might be a rare 1904 Steiff. Bear is 12" tall with jointed limbs. Eyes don't feel like glass. Mohair inside feels a bit crunchy like its stuffed with hay. His middle feels a bit hard but doesnt make a noise. No tags.

Thanks
Rosie

Hi Rosie,
My, what a gem you found among the cars! Teddy bears were originally made for boys, because girls played with dolls, and boys needed a hug as well. Little Teddy’s Prayer, copyrighted 1906 by E.W. Gustin & Co. pictures a little boy kneeling beside his bed with some teddy bears and other playthings. Before this time, teddy was referred to as a bruin or Barle (Steiff). Yes, your teddy is a Steiff, circa 1906-07. It has provenance as a soldiers collectible. White is a rare color with the salmon colored cord on the nose and claws. The earliest teddies, 1905 had five claws and a side to side squeaker. Yours has the front to back noise maker. Air gets into the mechanism over the years and prevents it from working. Tell tale Steiff signs apart from the button include the special sewing of the nose, expert pattern design with life-like qualities, overall top quality materials with mohair and wool felt paw pads. The bear is stuffed with excelsior, wood type shavings, which actually inhibits small crawlers from feasting. The outer turn of the left foot help confirm his antique status. Five years ago, the market was a bit better than it is today and he is still worth $2,500.00. I usually never recommend plastic for storage, instead he needs to breathe with perhaps a cotton pillowcase. Best to keep in livable conditions, away from direct light and maybe a cedar wood under him for protection.
Enjoy! Brenda

Hi Brenda,
My wife has had this bear ever since she can remember, she is 45 years old now. She remembers her mom telling her "don't ever get rid of this bear because it will be worth a lot of money someday". We really haven't been able to figure out much about him other than he has the Knickerbocker tag and is from 1968 or later since he has the Middlesx, NJ tag. He is 14" tall. You have our permission to show him on your website if you want to. Thank you for your time.
Jeremy

Hi Jeremy,
How wonderful your wife still has her childhood bear! It is near mint with the tag and seems to be musical as well. This particular identification dates to the 1970s, so that fits into her era. Knickerbocker Toys is a long standing popular American toy manufacturer. In fact, Shirley Temple had a favorite childhood teddy, that was Knickerbocker as well. Yours is an acrylic fabric, with plastic eyes to conform to the child safety laws. Earlier examples had glass, and could be easily removed through the wire shanks. Not child safe! The original tag, with the new location of Middlesex NJ, and zip code all help with ID. It is foam and cotton stuffed, surface washable if necessary. It is called a crib bear with the unjointing characteristic, and still has the original red bow! The value is priceless as an heirloom toy, but perhaps pictures of your wife with it as a youngster would help with the provenance! A teddy with a working musical addition, also adds to the value. Considering all these attributes, the value would be about $75.00. This firm is also known to have had the rights for producing Smokey Bear from 1968-1977. Similar time frame as your wife’s teddy! Enjoy.
Brenda

Greetings Brenda,

I would like to have this bear appraised. I had it since I was born in 1961 although my mother said it was in the family for years and passed down. She is from Austria. It is 13-15 inches. No ID TAG. The growl does not work. Most likely never sell it but would like to see its value. Can you please help?
Thomas

 

Hi Thomas,
Your childhood teddy is German, and Austria is fairly close to the Steiff Factory! The Original Teddy design originated around 1966 and production continued until 1993. The heart shaped muzzle differentiates this from the earlier model of Original Teddy (with no sewn in muzzle). The mohair is longer, which helps accentuate the shorter mohair facial area. Those made at 36cm and beyond had growlers, while the smaller bears had squeakers. It is common for air to get into this mechanism and inhibit the noise. It needs to be air tight to produce the growling sounds. Originally made with a button and tag in the left ear, cardboard chest tag and either a red or blue ribbon, your teddy has experienced a loving environment! The eyes would have been brown with black pupils, made of plastic according to child safety regulations. For Steiff, this plastic eye resembles the glass model. The cream color is the most desired, because it is rarer. Cord noses are done in the same excellent manner as all the Steiff products. Usually, the pads on this bear were an acrylic, matching the cream color. The bears paw pads have been recovered with a hand stitched acrylic felt. Value for your bear would be increased with provenance; a picture with you and teddy together. As it is now, the value would be $125.00.
He is priceless as you mentioned! Continue your
enjoyment of teddy!
Brenda
Hi Brenda,
I was hoping you could tell me something about my favorite bear, Eb. I love his realistic traits, small ears & prominent snout. I purchased him from a auction and I know nothing about his history.
He does not have the usual mohair coat. It is a very soft, smooth plush and it is worn many places. His four paw pads are still original. His nose is a variegated heavy floss that is fraying around the edge. The back of his paws have small worn holes and shows the excelsior stuffing. Also showing a small worn hole on the left side of his snout.
He is still firmly packed and has not relaxed much. He is a 16" bear. I believe he is all original with no repairs. I thought he was German and probably a Steiff, but not having mohair fur, makes me unsure. Can you please help me identify my old beloved Eb?
Thank you so much,
Lori
Hi Lori,
Your sweet Eb is considered a center seam teddy, resembling the famous Steiff Co. from German. There are some other comparisons as well, with the cord floss nose, realistic snout, long arms and well constructed overall body. However, it is what we consider an artist creation, made in the style of an older bear. These have been appearing for a number of years..when the artist reproductions were so good, they could convince you they were older! I will enclose a picture from one of antique books, to help you see a similar bear featured. They call them faux, while I prefer the term artist creation. The stuffing is excelsior, pads are a linen cloth, and the eyes shoe buttons. Most older bears do show signs of wear, but the signs presented are done deliberately to make it look old. It is well executed in style, and dates to the 1990s.
This was during the boom for teddy bears in our modern day, resembling the craze of 1907. The fur was most often a silk plush, but it is hard to tell from your pictures. They were also made of mohair and a synthetic fur. Eb has great presence in many ways. Terri John Woods was one artist who could recreate antique reproductions, and make even antique bear collectors want his art! Today, your particular teddy would be valued at $200.00. Markets are still down, but this is an excellent example of a gifted teddy bear artisan. Enjoy! Brenda

Hi Brenda!
I am hoping you can help me identify this bear! I got this cutie recently at an antique show and I thought his face was adorable! Bear is 16" tall and seems to be made of mohair. When you squeeze him, he feels slightly “crunchy”. The dealer I got him from said she thought he was filled from some kind of straw material. His pads seem to be made from a felt like material and they are in pretty good shape with the exception of a few small holes in spots. He is fully joined, however he is getting quite floppy as he has a hard time standing on his own. I think it is possible that this is a vintage Knickerbocker bear? What do you think?

Thank you!
Hartlea

Hi Hartlea, You are so right in your naming of Teddy’s origin! Yes, your mohair vintage bear is a Knickerbocker, dating from the early years of their bear making-1930s. This American iconic teddy firm actually supplied Shirley Temple with her favorite childhood teddy. The ears are quite large, and the nose done vertically with cord is another of their traits.
The pads are wool felt and the eyes glass. The arms sit below the shoulders, and the stuffing you feel is called excelsior. Over time, the stuffing shifts, and makes him fell less full. Teddies like these were made to be held, with an approachable manner. The decade before your bear, Knickerbocker applied a tin nose to some bears! Glad yours has the soft nose. Value for your 16”vintage teddy would be $375.00.
Great American example!

Brenda

Hi Brenda!
I have an 12” mohair bear (possibly Steiff), cone nose, shoe button eyes, and felt pads with 3 threads. There is a small iron nickel plated button in the left ear, which appears to be a frontal view of an elephant with trunk! Overall condition very good! Any information you can give would be great!

 

Thanks Beth

Hi Beth,
You have begun on your journey for learning about teddy bears! Your description is quite vintage, with the mohair, cone nose, elephant button and felt. Your little 12” teddy seems to have jointed arms and legs, and if the neck moves, it would be five way jointed. The nose is sewn and in the shape of a cone as you described. No mouth extension though. Instead of mohair, it is a synthetic, with a curly nap. The button is brass, and seems to be the protrusion of eyes and a nose, for a close teddy encounter. I shall send a picture of the Steiff elephant button, very rare and worth $500.00 by itself! Your teddy is most likely an imported manufactured piece, dating to the 1990s. This was a popular period of teddy mania, with Boyd’s Bears and Cottage Collectibles. He is stuffed with a polyfill, another newer material. The pads are an acrylic felt, with the claws done into the pads. Charlie’s Bears also does this today, with two or three claws. Your bear's value is slight (under $50.00), being a mass produced article, but also has an appeal that would melt many hearts. Keep on your teddy quest, you are building your arctophile knowledge!
Brenda

Hi Brenda,

 

This bear is 20” long, long-haired golden mohair bear with long curved arms, felt pads, disc jointing. Seams down center of tummy, back of arms, and down front legs. Seams on face start at nose, extend through eyes up to inner third of large ears. Vertical stitched nose and mouth. Shoe button eyes. Triangular stitching on back
of head. Felt pads. Non-working growler. Hump back which almost blends into the back of his head.
Thank you,
Deborah

Hi Deb,
A great American teddy from the Knickerbocker Co. They were originally established in 1850 located in Albany NY and made teddy bears from the 1920s. In 1968, they moved to NJ. Your golden long plush mohair teddy dates to the 1930s, with replaced eyes. Original glass eyes were an amber color with black pupils. Common for them to be missing, as they were merely held in place on wire shanks. They were also not child safe at this time! Interesting how the date is preserved on the foot pad, somehow it belonged to someone who cared about provenance. The large ears, and wide head are also traits of Knickerbocker. The vertical cord nose with the inverted Y mouth are original. Pads are wool felt during this era, while later models had velveteen. He has a combination of stuffing with excelsior in the head, and kapok elsewhere. Value today for your teddy would be $350.00.

Brenda

Hi Brenda,
I purchased my teddy bear from Germany and I guess he is from the end of the 20’s or 30’s. He is a fully jointed teddy bear, stuffed with wood wool and made from mohair fabric. Big bear 23,6” (60cm) tall with brown glass eyes, beige felt pads. Pads are in very good condition, don't know if they have been replaced. Long muzzle, his nose is vertically stitched in brown and he has 4 claw definitions on arms and legs. Manufacturer left the front seam open to stuff the bear.
He has long arms and large feet and he has a hump of muscle between his shoulders. His arms are curved upwards and they reach down past the hips to the bear knee. He has a non working growler. I need your expert opinion to identify him.
Kind regards,
Anita
Hi Anita,
Your very large teddy is indeed German, with the long formed muzzle, somewhat flat ears, and brown glass eyes. From the back of the head, we can see how the eyes were attached with twine. This may have been a recent addition, since most of the time this would be invisible Nevertheless, this teddy has great bones, with the long arms, and large feet. The company he most resembles is Cramer, founded in 1885, by Edward Cramer. They modernized with factory machines in 1905. Most recognized for the long plush mohair in the 1950s, Schulte mohair, they used excellent materials for their products. At 60cm, he is quite large. A trademark was registered in 1915 with the name Educa. Shorter mohair was used during 1929. The arms have a slight curve inward at the paws and four claws. The nose is meticulously done in a vertical fashion, with a brown cord, matching the claws. The wool felt pads seem to have been redone professionally. He has great presence even with the mouth extension missing. The stuffing is excelsior, with growlers often not working due to air getting into the mechanism. The front hand finished seam is the same method used by the famous Steiff Co. Dating to the late 1920s, the value today with some balding areas would be $475.00.
Brenda
Hi Brenda,

Bear is about 18 1/2” long, light beige or golden short hair mohair bear, painted glass eyes, stitched toes, long muzzle with horizontal stitched nose, and stitched mouth. He has a hump back and seems to be straw stuffed, seams down the center front and back, seams on the back of the arms, and front of legs. Facial stitching starts at nose, through eyes, up to edge of inner ears. Has a non-working growler.
Thank you,
Deborah
Hi Deb,
The short dense mohair of your teddy has some wear on the right body but is in good overall condition. The glass eyes are placed within the head seam, resembling the Ideal type bears from America. The arms are set low on the shoulders, legs somewhat thin with defined feet, and the slight inward turn of the arms at the paws. Ideal created many styles of teddies, and this one dates to the 1920s. The hand sewn closure is located in the back, a typical characteristic of this company with a long football shaped torso with a slight hump in both front and back. Horizontal cord noses were predominate on all sizes, unlike the Steiff directive. At 18 1/2”, this is tending towards the larger size. The pads seem to be cotton twill, instead of felt. The yellow glass eyes are unusual, as most of the time they were amber. The ears are located more to the side, helping to date him. Later examples had ears towards the top of the head. Value for your teddy would be $400.00. Brenda
Hi Brenda,
I'm not sure if my bear is a Steiff, Bing, or from someone else. He is 13" tall, with smaller ears on the top of his head unlike on the side which most of the bears I've seen.
It appears as though there may have been a tag in his left ear as there is a very small hole. This is a small loop of thread in the center of his breast which may be from a breast tag? He does has a growler that works sometimes. Looks like original pastel green ribbon. I acquired him from a local auction in a lot with other Steiffs. thanks for your help,
Kenneth

Hi Kenneth,
Your 13” blond, mohair teddy is indeed a Steiff. It is the Original Teddy design, with the heart shaped shaved muzzle of a shorter mohair. This style became popular in the mid 1960s, and continues forward. The ribbon was a silk material and the colors used for this were blue, red and yellow. Early bears are excelsior stuffed with wool felt pads. Later examples had a synthetic velour for pads. It left the factory with a cardboard chest tag (depending on age, two designs were used). It also had the characteristic button and yellow tag in the ear. The yellow color indicated a stock tag. Most of these have the safety eyes, corded nose and mouth. It has some areas of mohair loss. Value for this teddy today would be $125.00. The rabbit, is a Lulac, with open mouth and is also Steiff. The Mecki and Micki date to the 1950s, according to the chest tag logo.

Brenda

Hi Brenda,
I have had this bear for quite sometime, think 1999. I have a little history on him, he was brought to Montana directly from Germany by a woman named Emma  who was hired as a maid for the lady living there. Emma died of unknown illness, the bear was given to her employer, and passed along to relatives after she too passed. He is a centre seam, no button, but when Richard Wright looked at him in 2005, he said that he probably never had a button. He looks like he is about 19". His stuffing has settled a bit in the upper arms. Thanks,

Deb

Hi Deb, Wow, what a gorgeous Steiff teddy bear! The center seam was only produced in 1 out of 7 bears, with the conserving efforts of this famous company. It was a way
to use every possible inch of mohair; and with this rare cinnamon color, proved good for the Steiff factory, as well as the consumer! Today these are the most sought examples. He dates to 1905-07, and would have had a Steiff button with the last f done in the trailing design. The eyes are shoe buttons, pads are tan wool felt with an under layer of a black felt. The nose is expertly done in cord with the septum resting on the center seam of the head. Early bears had this trait, and as the years progressed, the nose was extended down beyond the head seam. The stuffing is excelsior, and
as you said this has settled. I believe the height to be 20”, considered a large sized bear. His condition is quite good, being an antique, with only slight wear. The provenance would be enhanced with photos, but at least you have the history. Teddy goes on living today, a tribute to his careful keeping. Value for this bruin would be $6,000 and up.
Brenda
Hi there Brenda

This is my bear I purchased at an estate sale. It is 19” in size. On the red rIbbon around the neck it’s hand written 1936 and some initials which I can not make out. The ear has a spot where there might have been a button tag. Please let me know what kind of bear you believe this to be and the value.
I have absolutely no idea and I am very excited to have found your website.
Thank you kindly
Laura

Hi Laura,
Your estate find is an American bear from the Knickerbocker Toy Co. It dates to the 1930s with the brown mohair and large ears, five way jointed and contrasting tan velveteen pads. This is an iconic teddy, and was one of Shirley Temples favorite makers! Originally they started as a educational toy company, manufacturing wooden alphabet blocks. These were quite popular from the Victorian era. Plush bears came into this firm around 1920. At 20”, this is a large sized bruin. The brown mohair is in very good shape, and retains the original color. The inset muzzle mohair matches the color of the pads. Nose characteristics include the vertical cord stitches with an extended mouth. The head is wide, along with the placement of the ears. Eyes were glass for this period, and sewn in place by shanks. Most models had an amber glass as opposed to brown. Later models had plastic eyes, with the child safety laws. Originally, cloth chest tags were sewn into the center body seam, identifying this NY maker. The heads were stuffed with excelsior, while the bodies were soft and filled with kapok. He has some provenance with the ribbon notation.
Value for your vintage teddy would be $300.00. Brenda
Hi! Just found you on line while googling! Please tell me what you can about this little bear. Metal paws and metal body under what feels like a felt glued on shirt and pants or body. Head a little furry. As seen in pics looks like a wind up on side but no key. Arms rotate and make a “winding” noise. Legs swing back and forth no connected to arm noise. There is a tiny piece of metal showing behind one ear. I think it wore through.
I am attaching pics. About 4” tall. Oh and little ribbon tied around neck. Thank you!!
Carol
Hi Carol, Your sweet little mechanical bear is made by Schuco, a 1931 tumbling teddy with felt clothes and a silk ribbon. This company was originally called Schreyer & Co. established in 1912. Heinrich Muller and Heinrich Schreyer were employed by Bing before their joint venture with this new factory. They specialized in walking animals, clockwork tumblers, and plush bears and animals. One of their most famous creations was the yes/no mechanical bear and animals. Schuco was the mark used in the mid 1920s. Your tumbling or acrobatic bear is all metal, with clamps holding the item together and the only sewing represented by the nose and mouth. The eyes are shoe buttons, and the fur is mohair. A key could possibly be purchased at a clock shop, but the original key had Schuco imprinted on the metal. He is in excellent condition but I think the ears may have been professionally replaced with the slight difference in color. They were just glued into place originally and could easily have been lost. Toys carry a disadvantage if they are not working, often half the value. But, you mentioned his arms work, so that gives me encouragement that he is a working example. Value for your little gem with tumbling action would be $500.00. Brenda

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