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Teddy Bear & Vintage Toy Appraisals
April 2019

Introduction . . .

 

I am now honored to reach out to the collectors and owners
of unidentified bears, stuffed animals and vintage toys.

Ken did this for years and was an expert appraiser. I was his understudy or apprentice and together we viewed and enjoyed each and every request that came our way.

Appraising bears online will be a fun adventure for all of us. We will share our discoveries here on this web page.

Meeting new faces, in teddy bear form, and sharing the knowledge I have gathered, will be a joy. Together we can discover that everything old can be newly appreciated!


Beary best,
Brenda Yenke
                      

How much is your beloved bear worth?


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Hello Brenda,

I found this bear at my parents home. It belonged to my father and he had shown it to me several times. It’s been in storage approximately 70+ years. As best I can guess. I know very little about it. My father passed away in 2002. 2 years ago we cleaned out my mother’s home and found it. She’s been moved to assisted living. The bear is 10 inches long has jointed arms and leg. It does have a working squeaker.
As best I can tell it is Mohair and has glass eyes. It also appears to be filled with the excelsior. I’m wondering what it’s worth.

Thank you,
Robert

 

Hi Robert,
It is wonderful that he was preserved all these years! He is an American bear, from the Aetna Toy Animal Co., formerly called Keystone Bear. They produced bears during the early years, forming in 1907. They were only sold through the George Borgfeldt & Co, wholesalers. Their quality was excellent, with the finest mohair, wool felt pads (cardboard under the felt for standing), amber glass eyes, long arms, and a voice box. The hand closed seam is in the back of the body, while the vertical woven nose with cord is in very good condition. An extension for the inverted Y mouth is missing, but we can see the remnant yarn. The ears are somewhat to the side of the head, dating him to around 1908. The stuffing is excelsior. Originally teddy bears were made for boys, since girls had dolls. The association to Theodore Roosevelt also trended towards appealing to boys. However, the girls adopted their “New Love”, by Bessie Pease Gutmam, with the painting of a teddy being clutched by a little girl while her doll was sitting alone, The firm became known as Aetna Doll and Toy Co., then in 1919, E.I. Horseman purchased the company. If you had pictures of your Dad with teddy, that would add provenance. Value for the 10” Aetna would be $750.00.
Brenda

Good Morning Brenda,

I have rescued this Teddy Bear from my Mum and Dad’s attic, it was on the way to the dump! The Teddy Bear’s height is around 45cm (18"). The head, arms and legs are jointed.

We are not sure where the Teddy Bear has come from and do not know much about him!

Hope you can shed some light on him and his chubby cheeks!
Many Thanks,
Donna

 

 

Hi Donna,
I had to smile when I saw your “Cheeky” teddy bear! I will enclose a picture of his cousin, as shown in the Linda Mullins Teddy Bears Past and Present, written in 1986. Within this book he is labeled as from 1930, and an unidentified maker. Many since have called these Dutch bears, with the large head, full cheeks and tin painted eyes. Arthur Van Gelden made bears from synthetic silk plush, firmly stuffed with excelsior, and five way jointed. The arms are short, and set high on the shoulder, while the legs are chubby and have slightly formed feet. Both pads on the limbs are contrasting silk plush with no claws. He has a finishing seam in the center back body. The tin eyes resemble the Berryman bear eyes, with the googly look. The left button eye seems original, the right has been repainted. He has a sweet smile, probably so happy to have those chipmunk cheeks! The nose and mouth are black cord. He dates to the 1930s, as this company was short lived and WWII, stopped production. Value for your 18” attic find is $150.00.

Brenda

Brenda,
I bought this bear at an antique store today. I was so curious about his origins, and happened upon your page! I hope you can help me :)
He is 26" tall and is jointed at the head, arms, and legs. I believe his fur is mohair, with felt pads? His body is pretty firm and "crunchy," and I can see the filling on the right paw. His eyes are glass and amber in color. His nose is some kind of yarn. He does not have any labeling that I can see. Let me know if there is any other information I can provide.
Thank you so much!
Carly

 

Hi Carly,
What a sweetheart, I like your taste! Your teddy bear is American, and dates to 1915-16. With this large size, not many were made in this category. The fur is mohair, with a wool cord hand sewn nose and inverted Y mouth. He has shorter arms than those made a decade earlier, but substantial enough to correspond to the football shaped body. There is no definition on the wrist area, which is a very American trait for this period. The legs are long and formed with a noticeable upward foot; however, this is slight compared to some German models. The front body seam is machine sewn, while the seam in the back is a hand sewn closure. The stuffing is excelsior, which allows him to retain his shape. There is wear to the wool felt pads, common for the American bears with a lesser quality felt. The eyes are glass, and may be replacements. He would have had a more amber colored eye with a black pupil. The ears are somewhat cupped, and the shoulders are placed high on the body. According to ads from this period, possibly Bella’s Hess & Co. catalog features a 24” bear, or Holland’s Magazine from Dallas TX, posts premium toys and offers them for earnings. For many years, these have been accepted as similar to Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. There is little notice of a hump on the back. Value for your large bear would be $800.00.
Brenda

Hi Brenda,
Here is the bear I would like you to look at. Top
of head to feet 16”. Has strange almost triangle ears with the point in his head the ears don’t seem round on top but straight across. His fur seems like there are different color tones. Might be the light. When you squish his head it makes a crunch sound but you have to listen very close. Seems firm everywhere He was bought after 1939 up until 1944. The head can swivel side to side. Looks like there is a lot of hand stitching. I don’t know if the ribbon is original or not.
Valerie

Hi Valerie,
Your non jointed teddy with the jointed head should have been referred to as a crib bear. The disc joints were hard and cumbersome, so leaving them out meant for a “softer” bear. With the over stitched seams on the muzzle and seams, it most probably is a Gund bear, American manufacturer. The large glass eyes and large smile make him very appealing.
The muzzle is a shorter mohair, while the body has a longer nap. The nose cord is done in a vertical stitch, with no claws or pads. Your time line for purchase points to the war efforts and scarcity of materials. At the time, Teddy Gund was introduced in 1948, but had jointed arms and legs. Cubbi Gund was unjointed and premiered in the 1950s. Most of these were plush teddies. At 16”, he is still considered medium sized.
Your version dates to the first efforts after WWII-1942. The ears are flat, another cuddle factor. If you have pictures to support his early life, this could be provenance and add to his value. As he is now, value would be $125.00. Brenda

Hello Brenda,
I recently found these two bears at an antique shop and am very interested in learning more about them. Both are between 17 3/4" -18" in height, stuffed with wood wool, disk jointed, and covered in mohair. Both also have small humps towards the top of their backs and hand-stitched noses. The first is missing both eyes, and has one paw ripped open. All pads look to have been originally made of blue fabric, but later covered with yellow felt. There is also a small bell stitched onto its neck. The second bear has a hole in one shoulder, is missing an ear, the stuffing from one foot, and one eye. The other eye is amber and black colored glass. There are also hand stitched claws on two of the feet. Most of the hair has fallen off both, and they are in less than ideal condition, with no tags to identify a brand. Any information you have about them would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Treva

Hi Treva,
Your bears are very well loved!  The one on the left, is American- attributed to Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. with the stick like arms and legs, and football shaped body. He had glass eyes, amber with black pupils, a horizontal cord nose and had a mouth extension with the inverted V. We can still see the downward stitches in place. He dates to the 1920s with the shorter arms and a football shaped body. The pads are are replaced. Looks like he has some missing excelsior on the right paw. The metal bell was an add on, maybe his voice box was not working. Not sure if the blue fabric was original, most had a tan felt covering. Value would be $125.00.

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The bear to the right is German, and with the sliced in ears, most likely Petz. He seems to be winking with the left eye missing! The eye remaining is glass, a brownish red iris and black pupil. The nose is cord and sewn in the horizontal fashion. His arms are longer, and his right foot has a formed ankle. The left side could probably use excelsior in this area to reform his foot, ankle and pad restored. He dates to 1915, has claws and a wide neck joint. As is, he would be known as primitive and valued at $75.00.

Restoring could increase the value. The mouth extension was a small inverted V.
Brenda

Hello Brenda,

I’m looking for some help with a bear my grandmother has had for year and years. It has been well preserved and she told me that it is Steiff bear. I believe she acquired it at an auction 50+ years ago. She was meticulously storing this little bear and she was an extensive antique collector, so I’ve always assumed that she was correct, that it is indeed a Steiff bear. After doing some research, it appears to be an authentic bear, missing the tags, but may have a small hole in the ear where there was a tag and a string is still attached coming from the arm – but not sure if that was an original tag.

The unique part is that is has a ring in it’s nose with a chain, which I have not been able to locate in my research. I’m looking for any help with identifying this bear, it’s authenticity, and the year it was produced. The bear is dark brown, definitely mohair, appears to have some type of wood shavings inside (small hole in foot) has five claws, and very black eyes. Thanks,
Bransie
Hi Bransie,
The teddy bear your grandmother had cherished for many years appears to be made from a worsted wool fabric. It is not a Steiff, but quite possibly an American maker- Hahn and Amberg. They were known to do Teddy Dolls as well with the teddy bear body and a bisque doll head- dressed with a hood to resemble an Eskimo doll. I believe the stuffing you see is actually the cork stuffing used by this company, very firmly stuffed. The pads are wool felt, the nose and claws a black cord. Five claws date to a very short period of time-1906-07. The nose ring has roots in the European community, when a real preforming bear was lead by a trainer into the community to dance and entertain. The attached chain kept him under control of his master. It is said that bears have a natural sense of rhythm. Much like the hurdy gurdy organ and the monkey performers, this was a form of entertainment! The eyes are shoe buttons sewn inside the head seam, the ears are not cupped. Both these traits are different from Steiff. History of this company goes back to 1878 to Cincinnati, OH by Louis Amberg, with a move to NY in 1893. Hahn joined Amberg from 1907-1910. It then became known as Louis Amberg with the imported bisque doll head now replaced with their own composition doll head, an unbreakable alternative. Hoseman bought the company in 1930. Value for this 13” teddy would be $1,200.00. Brenda
Hi Brenda,
There are no tags or identifiers that I can find. He is in really good shape. 15" tall, is five way jointed and appears to be mohair. I believe he has excelsior stuffing because it sounds crunchy when squeezed. His body is quite firm and feels like there may be something hard in his belly. I hear something moving around inside of him when shaken;- maybe a broken growler? My husband is going to take him to work to be x-rayed. He has 3 claws sewn in each paw. There seems to be a small divot on the back of his head near his neck, but it's not a hole in the fabric. Thank you very much!
Laura
Hi Laura,
Your medium sized teddy, at 15”, comes from Germany. The company is Clemens, who has similar traits to the German Hermann teddy. He has a chubby style body, inset muzzle of a shorter mohair that matches his ears, and sports a vertical cord stitched nose with an inverted v mouth. The three claws are this same cord. The wool felt pads are in perfect shape. The growler is the noise you hear upon turning him over, a clunking sound that would have “growled”earlier. This is very common to have an air hole, making the sound silent. The eyes should be glass, dating to the 1950s. Plastic eyes were common in the 1960s. Hans Clemens first bears were made from blankets leftover from WWII. A great use of materials during a time of recovery. In 1947, he traded the shoe maker profession to a toy maker. The teddy bear was considered a comforting companion after the ravages of war, launching his factory into success. The longer pile mohair contrasting with the shorter makes it quite huggable. Value for your vintage teddy would be $175.00. Brenda

Hello Brenda,
This is my much played with and very beloved teddy named Honey. I believe he was given to me by my grandmother, Winnie Struve Taylor, when I was born in 1940. He has been packed away for about 60 years. I unpacked him recently. His sweet face and worn fur stirred memories of the joyful hours I spent playing with him. I now wish to know his history as eventually he will be passed on to my daughter and then to my granddaughter. He is fully articulated. a growler inside that I do not recall working. His stuffing appears to be kapok and excelsior. He has no evidence of ever having a tag and no stitched claws.
Dianne

Hi Dianne,
Thank you for sharing Honey’s provenance! I am hoping you have pictures of yourself and him because that adds to the story. If not, please take pictures now and document his present moments. Your teddy is an American maker..Knickerbocker. They began back in 1850, in NY, established as a toy maker. They produced the Victorian wooden lithographed blocks popular for children during this era. In the 1920s they began to market the teddy bear, along with other stuffed toys. In 1968, they received permission to make “Smokey Bear”. Your teddy dates as early as the 1930s with the amber glass eyes, vertically stitched nose and felt paw pads. Most had a mouth, but it must have been lovingly worn off. It was a mere inverted V with only one strand of cord. Their profile is almost straight for the back, no humps visible. The back seam was the closing seam, hand completed. Characteristic traits also include large cupped ears and dropped shoulders for the arm attachment. He is 5 way jointed and stuffed with excelsior and kapok. The mohair is long and has some wear spots. Honey is 12” in height. Shirley Temple made Knickerbocker famous, by having one as a devoted companion. He even appeared in one of her films. Honey has had an honored life as well, loved unconditionally and for generations to come! Value with your story would make Honey’s value at $200.00. The voice box should be kept in a separate little linen bag, just to make it possible that one day his voice may return! Brenda

Hi Brenda,

This guy or guys, I have 2 of the same bear but one is 1” shorter than the other, is 18” long (17”) Yellow/Golden Mohair, Disc jointed, appears to be some kind of velvet or vinyl type paw pad covering, 18” has plastic eyes I think, 17” has glass ( I just discovered that), nose is something weird plastic?, floss mouth, big squeakers, straw stuffing (see boo-boo picture) the 17” is much nicer overall. The color is more true in the first picture. Thanks!
Christy

Hi Christy,
Your “twin bears” are English, from Chiltern Toys. They were established in 1908, and made dolls initially, then teddy bears in 1915. Your teddies are adorable, coming from the Hugmee series which was produced from 1923- 1960s. They are mohair, and have rexine pads- linen underside with a oil cloth type covering. The Hugmee name translated to huggable! Several deigns were available through the years. The plastic nose was started in the late 50s. According to one source the noses, were used for the plush dogs at the one factory, then used for the teddies. Chiltern was taken over by Chad Valley in 1967, and many had the dual ownership listed in the tag. The printed label for your bears would have read, Chiltern Hygienic Toys, Made in England. The 17” bear dates to around 1958, has glass eyes and is in very good condition. His value would be $350.00. The 18” has plastic eyes, dating to the 1960s and would be valued at $250.00. They both give bear hugs! Brenda
Hi again Brenda,
This one has beautiful chocolate mohair, 19” from head to toe, huge ears kind of wide set, plastic eyes not sure if they are original they kind of stick out a little too much, disc jointed, shaved muzzle sort of squashed, excelsior and something non-cracklely stuffing, Giant box inside (see last picture) takes up most of his back. He weighs over 2 lbs.
Thank you!
Christy
Hi Christy, 
  This teddy is in good condition, and is an American Knickerbocker, dating to 1960s. This company was very acclaimed and produced many great toys, including being the favorite maker for Shirley Temple!  The plastic eyes done in
a star gazing or spangle design help with dating this model. Bears made in the 50s, had glass eyes. He has longer brown mohair on the body and arms, with a shorter muzzle of mohair and a vertical stitched nose. The mouth relates to a smile, happy to be a companion!  At 19” this is considered a large teddy. He is stuffed with excelsior and kapok and has original velveteen pads with some wear. There are no claws. You mentioned the large voice box—most have air holes that impede their talking. After all, this is a vintage piece. The ears are large and cupped.  Knickerbocker started as a Victorian alphabet block company in 1850, and progressed into teddy bears and other plush in the 1920s. They closed in the 1980s. They were known during your teddies creation as “Joy of a Toy”...the value for your teddy
is $300.00.  Brenda 

Brenda meet Osteo an 11” Osteoporosis patient, serious humpback.

Close set shoe button eyes, straw or excelsior stuffing, pigeon toed, out turned front legs, nice golden mohair.

Thanks!
Christy

 

Hi Christy,
Your “doll sized” teddy at 11”, is a replica of an early Ideal American bear. He was created by a skilled teddy bear artist, possibly from the USA. The 1980s began the reproduction era in the bear world, with Steiff leading the way on their museum replicas. They still continue with older styles adapted to today’s market, while also designing new models. This encouraged artists who wanted to recreate the old look in teddy bears, to make their own mark. Now, back to your teddy. The serious humpback was exaggerated to simulate an older slouchy bear. The black cord nose is sewn in a horizontal fashion with the outer stitch finishing, and has a small mouth. His ears are somewhat flat, with the head seams revealing mohair still tucked in the seams. Condition is pristine. The eyes are flatter than shoe buttons, and a bit larger. They are glass, and were sewn inside the head seams, just like early Ideals. His wool felt pads are also mint. The long arms were styled in the early tradition, with no claws on the paws. Artists also used excelsior, and he was hand closed in the back. With aging, most older bears have ankles that turn the feet outward.
He dates to the artist era, late 1980s. Value would be $125.00. Brenda
Hi Brenda
I feel like I’m going to get turned in to CPS for bear abuse.

I think this guy is really old, but you’re the expert.

Here’s the details: 14” light brown mohair, Red glass eyes (no even evil looking), replaced paw pads, floss nose and claws, a squeaker or growler inside not functional, and he is straw stuffed.
Thank You
Christy

 

Hi Christy,
My first impression of this bear was a Pooh type teddy! Yes, he is an honored bear, with all the meticulous darning and careful stitching trying to hold him together! I think the red glass eyes are replacements for a black boot buttoned eye. He is English, and is possibly from Steevans, a rather hard to find manufacturer. Only a few examples have been pictured, but the traits with the rather large chubby arms and legs are discerning characteristics. The horizontal nose is original. The tummy is quite round as well. Formed in 1908, this company had a short production span, closing in 1920. There is no hump on the back, and his hand closing of the seam was located here. The mohair shows much wear, a tribute to his life! The pads are replaced,and at 14” would be valued at $95.00 for a 1917 teddy. Brenda

Dear Brenda,
This yellow mohair bear is disc jointed, straw stuffed, floss nose and claws, and orange glass eyes. This poor guy is 20” long from head to toe and has been well loved missing lots of mohair and his ear! Perhaps he was an artist and loved Van Gogh?


Thanks a bunch,
Dianne

 

Hi Christy,
Your large well loved teddy has such a sweet face!  He is an older bear, dating to around 1920, and is German. The founder was Alwin Kiesewetter, who formed a toy factory in 1907.  They exported dolls, toys and teddy bears with a trademark,  AlkiCo established in 1921.  The Coburg location was home to many other manufacturers.  Five way jointed, Amber glass eyes, and low shoulders contribute to his heritage.  The pads were recovered some time ago, in a cotton twill fabric.  His original black cord nose is done in a horizontal stitch, with the inverted Y mouth extension.  He also has what appears to be 4 black cord claws sewn on both hands and feet.  Stuffed with excelsior, the missing ear reveals this product.  Another ear could be made, however, simply closing the open seam may be an easier mend.  He could sport a little beanie hat (preferably black ), to confirm your Van Gogh story!  At 20”, this is a large sized bear!
Value for his originality would be $ 250.00.
Brenda 
Hello again,
This is the last one (maybe) it is a 12” golden mohair bear, disc jointed, amber eyes, floss nose, straw stuffing and in picture 6 you can see the squeaker sticking up, it does not work.
As stated on the first bear they all came from one elderly lady’s estate. I do believe she was German there were German clothing items with the bears and candy wrappers in the pockets from old German candies.
Christy

 

 

Hi Christy,
Your very large teddy bear is probably an artist reproduction model, dating to the the late 1980s. It has
similar nose stitching to smaller Steiff bears, horizontal cord with an outer outline stitch. Most Steiff bears over 16” have a vertical completed cord nose. That is the only similarity to Steiff though. The very long hands with pads, correspond to the large feet, with no claws evident. The stuffing is not hard, so it must be the cotton filling you are referring to. Early bears had excelsior, while later bears were kapok or poly filled. The center front seam in the body is a hand sewn closing seam. The side view reveals a very large almost exaggerated hump, corresponding to the large arms and feet. We can also see the lightly stuffed tummy, a bit slouched. At 25” this would be very heavy if it was old. I think the artist was quite skilled, with good sewing techniques. They used a vintage styled wool fabric that needs a light cleaning. The eyes are shiny black glass buttons, and the ears are flat. A great bear for display, with a value of $150.00.

Hello again Brenda,

This bear is also large 25”
I suspected it to be Steiff at first but very unsure, he has
a tiny hole in his left ear (see 2nd picture) disc jointed, long snout, straw stuffing, glass eyes, floss nose and claws, tipped looking mohair, no hump to speak of, 3lbs.
Christy

 

Hi Christy,
Now this teddy is an old one, and comes from Germany. He is identified with the Hermann Co., done by Max Hermann, the youngest son in the Hermann family. They all were involved in the teddy bear world, and today the Hermann name is still actively producing a plush product. Centered in Sonneberg, it was a popular toy factory. Formed in 1920, your example dates to the 1950s. The bicolor mohair and inset muzzle of a plush fur, is completed with a horizontal black cord nose and inverted Y mouth. The eyes are the typical red glass examples, with ears sprouting a contrasting acrylic fur. The pads are wool felt. This same bicolor mohair was most popular on the original 1926 Steiff bear bought by the Vollp’s called “Happy”. It set a record of $86,000.00 back in 1989. We can see the excelsior stuffing through the hands and foot pads- these are easily closed with a small piece of matching felt. Three claws are the norm for Hermann. He has some wear, but has a nice presence. Value today would be $300.00. Brenda
Hello Brenda,
This is the 1st of the 3 bears I’d like some information on. All of them (I bought them in a huge lot of 10+ bears all antique) are from one estate of an old spinster in Cullman Alabama,
I believe she was German. Anyway this one is mohair and it has not been cleaned as of yet but I do intend to do so as per your instructions. I was not sure because of the fluffiness so I pulled a bit off and burned it and it produced ash. He is 25” tall and weighs 3 bs. Center stitched chest, stuffed with some sort of dense cotton? packed very firm. Long snout, embroidery nose, shoe button eyes, hump back, jointed. No marking anywhere.
Christy

Hi Christy,
Your very large teddy bear is probably an artist reproduction model, dating to the the late 1980s. It has
similar nose stitching to smaller Steiff bears, horizontal cord with an outer outline stitch. Most Steiff bears over 16” have a vertical completed cord nose. That is the only similarity to Steiff though. The very long hands with pads, correspond to the large feet, with no claws evident. The stuffing is not hard, so it must be the cotton filling you are referring to. Early bears had excelsior, while later bears were kapok or poly filled. The center front seam in the body is a hand sewn closing seam. The side view reveals a very large almost exaggerated hump, corresponding to the large arms and feet. We can also see the lightly stuffed tummy, a bit slouched. At 25” this would be very heavy if it was old. I think the artist was quite skilled, with good sewing techniques. They used a vintage styled wool fabric that needs a light cleaning. The eyes are shiny black glass buttons, and the ears are flat. A great bear for display, with a value of $150.00.

Brenda

Hello Brenda,
My mother purchased this teddy bear at an estate sale in the 1980s. She believed he was very old. He is about 13" tall to top of head when standing (not including the ears). He is jointed at the head, arms, and legs. There is a round disc inside his tummy right behind the fur which could be a growler? I believe he is made of mohair? His four paws have the felt padding
and one of the front paws has a hole in it which reveals the stuffing. When I squeeze the body, the stuffing sounds crackly. Excelsior? The eyes might be plastic or glass, but not sure.
Black pupil. You can pull his eyes away from his head a teeny bit, so they don't seem to be glued down. Each eye seems to have a post inserted into the head. The posts might be metal. He has a stitched rust-red colored mouth and a brown vertical stitched nose. Four stitched lines in each front and back paws. Back paws (feet) have a pointed tip felt pad at the toes. Head a wee bit wobbly. No markings. His flaws are the hole in the felt paw and an area by his behind where
the stitching has loosened about 3/4" long.
Thank you!
Joanne

Hi Joanne,
Your Mom had a very discerning eye to purchase this teddy about 30 years ago! He comes from Germany, and is an Edward Cramer bear with the characteristic embroidered mouth and smile. The heart shaped muzzle face (mohair is shorter too), vertical stitched cord nose, glass eyes ( that had painted backs like Steiff and Schuco) which were sewn into place on the wire looped shanks and long bicolor mohair make this an exceptional teddy from the 1930s. Cramer’s are harder to find and somewhat rare. The factory of plush toys was formed in 1885..and remained in the family until 1952. From what we learned in the 1990s, a direct descendant resurrected the company, and it is in family hands again. Educa was the trademark when your Teddy was made. Excelsior is the stuffing, and the circular disc was a squeaker or growler.

They also made musical bears with a squeeze box mechanism. Your 13” bear would be valued at $1,200.00. Enjoy your keepsake!

Brenda

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

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

With thanks,
Cynthia

Hi Cynthia, 
Your heirloom teddy bear from your Aunt is in excellent condition! If it was a childhood companion, he was cherished and well kept. if you have pictures of your Aunt with this bear, that would add to it’s value. He is American, from the Knickerbocker Toy Co.  They began long before teddy was made- in 1850.  At that time they made wooden alphabet blocks, and did not make bears until the 1920s.  Originally founded in NY, they moved to NJ in 1968.  So, your teddy dates to the 1930s, with the long felt paws and oval feet.  Another company, Gund, made similar to bears to this but all their stitching was an overcast outer stitch including the seams.  Yours has this stitch on the pads only.  The mohair is mint, along with the vertical cord nose and inverted V mouth. The ears are large and cupped. It has a hand sewn closing seam in the back torso.  Best known for the association with Shirley Temple, many were made and sold. It is a very popular maker, that also made Raggedy Ann and Andy’s.  Stuffing is excelsior and kapok.  Many had voice boxes as well.  Later bears had velveteen feet and paws with a separate sewn muzzle,  while earlier examples had a shaved but elongated muzzle. The ID tag was sewn into the front chest seam. Value for your bear at 18” would be $375.00.Brenda   

Greetings Brenda

 

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

Mark

Hi Mark,

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

Brenda

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

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

Thank you, Linda

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

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

Thanks so much,
Barbara

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

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

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

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