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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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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 Originally made with a button and tag in the left ear, cardboard chest tag and either a red or blue ribbon, your teddy has experienced a loving environment!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
Hi Brenda,
This a bear that was given to us by my mother-in-law.
She received it as a girl and she is 68 now, so I would guess was in the 50's. I think it is a Steiff based on a little searching. It doesn't have the ear ​​button but I included a picture of what looks to be a stitch where a chest tag would have been. He is 19.5" from head to sole and he growls when you tip him.
I think he is quite handsome for his age :)
Ryan
Hi Ryan, You are right about your mother-in-laws Steiff teddy! Great research. The 20” size is the most desirable, with longer plush mohair and an unshaven muzzle. The glass eyes have a painted back, and are before the child safety laws required a plastic variety. The nose and inverted Y mouth are perfectly stitched along with the claws. Pads are wool felt, and with the working growler, it is a choice piece. It dates to the 1950s, had a raised Steiff script button in the left ear, along with a yellow tag when he was made. The chest tag was a beige circle with a red outer rim, and a yellow bears smiling head on the lower part of the circle. The lettering was blue with the term “Original Teddy Bear”. The stuffing is excelsior. It helps to have all the ID on the 1950s and beyond pieces, making them mint and tagged. However, yours is in excellent condition so the value would be $650.00. Keep the family provenance with teddy, and if you have pictures of your mother-in-law as a child with the bear, that could add another 10 percent! Enjoy your heirloom.
Brenda

Hello Brenda,

This bear is my beloved 11" long “Sewie.” My mother (93 years young) says he was bought new, probably for less than $5.00, between 1951 and 1954 at the Boston Store. She told me I wanted a doll like my cousin’s, but “did not want to raise a sissy so I got a bear.”
My mother recalls he was the only one of its kind in the

display. There isn’t a tag or any evidence that there was one. There was a small bell sewn into his right front paw. It came out and was repaired more than once until it was eventually lost. From the open wound I can see what looks like more felt with a pink tongue. Mohair I think, hard plastic eyes and stuffing is soft. He makes no sound when squeezed.

Ross

Hi Ross,
What a great story behind your childhood teddy! The vintage photo adds the provenance to the presentation. It is an American bear, Character Novelty Company Inc. established in 1932 in Norwalk CN. They also had a showroom in NY. He dates to the 1950s, and is called a crib bear, made without joints to be safe for baby. The material is mohair, with felt pads and the black ink is original for the claws, air brushing! The eyes are shoe buttons with white felt circles under them, a common characteristic. Usually they had a red felt circle for the mouth, under the stitched nose. When new, he had a fabric cloth tag identifying him as a Character toy, usually this was in the left ear. They ceased operation in 1983. Elvis Presley, in the record hit of 1957, released the song (let me be your) Teddy Bear. The 45 jacket has a Character type teddy bear on the cover with Elvis. Your keepsake teddy today is priceless for you and your family. It would have a value of about $50.00 with documentation.

Brenda

Hi Brenda:
This is a Teddy Bear that my mother got from her brother as a young child. Mom was born in 1898 so she must have received the bear in the very early 1900's. He is 18" tall, has a long muzzle, round ears and an embroidered nose. The stitching on his nose is a little loose. His limbs move easily. His fur is in pretty good condition. His paws and palms of his hands are velvet. There is a small hole in the right palm. There are no labels. I have no idea where he bought the bear. Thank you very much.
Roberta

Hi Roberta,
Your heirloom teddy is a classic. It is a 1908 Steiff, with gold mohair, felt paw pads, five way jointed, and all original. The nose cord is partial, but we can see from the nose positioning on the head, that is is early. Most had some type of noise inside, most likely a growler with the 18" size. Teddy is stuffed with excelsior, and the wear is slight for the pads. Gold was most common, with white and cinnamon being rarer colors. There is a thinning around the muzzle, probably from all the kisses he accumulated over the years! Pictures of your Mom with teddy would raise the value and offer provenance. If none are found, start now to document the bear. Value would be up to $2,000.00. A professionally restored nose would help conserve the teddy. Very lovely bear!
Brenda

Hello Brenda,

I would so like to have some ideas about this little guy. Not in the best of shape as you can see. He is 19 inches in length, arms and legs are 7 inches. His toes and mouth have some dark stitching. His eyes are his best feature being very clear and in good shape. The ear is ripped. Arms and legs are jointed. There is something hard in his belly that you can feel when you press. He has lost his hands, and you can see "straw" sticking out. His head swivels back and forth. After all his years of devotion and probably being treasured, I found him junked at a goodwill outlet! I am sure glad I did. What stories he could tell. Thank You!
Rebecca

Hi Rebecca,
Sweet story of your teddy bear adoption! Actually, this bruin has such a sweet appeal, it is very sad he was in the unwanted pile! This large sized teddy is an American bear from the 1914-15 era. He has longer arms than the 1920 varieties, but football shaped body, amber glass eyes, short pile mohair, and remnants of the black cord nose
and claws. The original paw pads would have been a wool felt, with excelsior stuffing throughout. The legs are long and slender, along with thin arms. Ears are sewn into place, and placed toward the top of the head. His muzzle is well formed, and the hump back shows some loss of the excelsior. It is hard to put a particular name, other than unidentified American bear. Some call it "in the style of an Ideal". Value today for this well loved toy would be $150.00.

Brenda

Hi Brenda
this bear i picked up at a deceased estate in reasonable condition. three claws,13" tall,
Growler still working, boot button eyes deep set, seam down the front mohair worn on the chest ,back of legs and feet, small tear in the right ear looks like a cut There are remenants of a tag under the left arm, it is red with black. I can't x-ray the bear but i have used a magnet and believe all the joint are magnetic.

thank you for any help.
Paul in West Australia

Greetings Paul!
Your very elegant teddy is extremely well made with close attention to facial features. The shaved muzzle, perfectly stitched nose and mouth, and shoe button eyes, drawn attention to the long pile mohair. It is stuffed with excelsior, a time honored tradition from the beginning of the teddy bear phenomenon. With all these characteristics, this happens to be a handmade artist teddy, probably dating to the 1980s. The partial remnant tag, would have been the identification of this artist. The pads seem to be an ultra suede or felt with nap, with cord claws to match the nose. Somewhat sparse and long the mohair has a few areas from distressing. The rust colored nose is unusual, pairing well with the pale gold mohair. It is five way jointed with perhaps cotter pins for the magnetic attraction. This collectible teddy resembles the vintage and antique ones, made as a reproduction, and it still talks! Value for the teddy would be $150.00.
Brenda

Hi Brenda,
This bear was given to me by my Auntie in England some time ago. He measures 13" tall and fully jointed. He has very Steiff looking features eg...legs, muzzle, arms and body, however there is no button in his ear. The bear has had a few minor repairs on arms.  I think he is mainly excelsior stuffed but I do feel a slight softer stuffing at the front of his belly which could have also been a repair at one point. Eyes are glass and his nose is wool and in bad shape!  His mohair is in very nice clean condition with just a few bald spots. I hope you can help me identifying this lovely golden mohair bear!
Thank you, Paulette

Hi Paulette,
You have a keen eye for the famous Steiff teddy bear characteristics! Yes, your Auntie’s gift is now a vintage Original Teddy, dating from the 1950s. They developed this style with the yellow tag and button in the ear, as a regular stock piece. Your ID is missing, but with the quality of mohair and design, we know the origin. He originally had a cardboard chest tag, with the teddy bear shaped face toward the bottom of the tag, blue lettering identifying him as Original Teddy. The muzzle is the unshaven one, as opposed to the heart shaped outline. Yours is more popular and resembles the older styled bears. He is five way jointed, stuffed with excelsior, and had a squeaker in the tummy. The nose is quite loved, with only an outline of the vertically stitched cord remaining. There are some worn areas, where the fur is missing, but this speaks to his happy, involved life! The gold mohair has a classic appeal. Four claws are visible on each paw, while the wool felt pads are good aside from the tears on the left foot. During this era, child safety laws were not in effect, so you have the painted glass eyes!
Value for your 13” teddy today would be $275.00.
Brenda

Hi,
This was my first teddy bear, given to me as a child either in the 50’s or 60’s, not entirely sure. It’s head, arms and legs are articulated. As you can see it is in very good condition. He is 15" tall.
All parts are original. It has been stored air tight for the last 45or so years. I wanted to pass it on to my niece and I would like to include a history for her.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
Marta
Hi Marta,
Your sweet personal heirloom is a Steiff Original Teddy from the 1960s. This particular styled bear was first registered on Feb.10, 1966. The heart shaped shaven muzzle happened to coincide with an upcoming Valentine's Day! The mohair fur is very dense and in perfect condition. At this time, the child safety laws were in place, so his eyes are plastic safety ones. The nose and mouth are hand sewn with cord, in the same manner as the antique Steiff teddies. The pads are a wool felt and at his birth, he had a raised script button and fabric yellow tag placed in the left ear. Also, a chest tag from this era would have a teddy bear rounded head (somewhat elongated), blue lettering describing the Original Teddy, and a border of red against the pale yellow background. His original bow would have been blue or yellow satin. They made this bear from 1966-1992, in the 41cm size. He should have a growler in the tummy but it may not be working. The color is caramel, a desirable shade! Later examples have synthetic velour for their pads. Value would be increased with all the original ID, however the condition is mint, so an appraisal of $350.00 is realistic. Have fun with your provenance in documenting this for your niece. Take your picture now with teddy, and include your niece as well!
Brenda 
Dear Brenda,
I am hoping you can tell me about my bear and who made him. I purchased him in a general auction in Massachusetts a few years ago. He is 14 1/2 inches from head to toe. What type of eyes would he have had?
He feels softer and has some stuffing rather than any wood shaving type filling but his head is firmer and if I press his stomach, there is something hard there, perhaps an old squeaker? His head shows two seam lines: one each running in a triangle from nose to an ear.
More seams lines run up the back of his arms and maybe (cannot be sure) his chest. His nose feels much harder and appears to be missing some yarn. The right paw has been recovered with a suede-like material but the others seem to be a tough brown material/cloth that resembles leather. Is it leather? What is his fur made from? Please tell me what he is worth also please? I think his fur is fairly good except for some fur loss on back legs.
Thank you very much.
Marsha

Hi Marsha,
Your teddy is English, most probably, from the Chad Valley company. He is a medium sized bear at almost 15", with mohair fur and excelsior stuffing used in the head. The body and limbs have mostly kapok (cotton), to keep him soft and huggable. Eyes would have been an amber and black pupil glass, before the onset of the child safety laws. He dates to the 1940s, with the rexine pads as earlier examples had velveteen. Rexine is actually a coated buckram fabric. The nose has missing cords, but the rectangular shaped outline is evident. Earlier Chad Valley bruins had a triangular nose. The beginnings of this manufacturer started in 1820, with bookbinding. They progressed to simple toys before WWI, then in 1923, registered the kapok stuffed toys and dolls. A Royal Warrant of Appt. for Her Majesty the Queen was achieved in 1938. So the background is diverse for your newly acquired teddy! The mohair is good, and eyes would help him see, and a completed nose would be advantageous for the future! Value for your teddy would be $175.00.
Brenda

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