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

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

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

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

Beary best,
Brenda Yenke

How much is your beloved bear worth?
See below for details on the appraisal procedure.

Hi Brenda,
I found this bear a few weeks ago at a three-generation farm house. I have scoured the Internet looking for something similar and have not been able to. I am usually pretty good. The bear is 14" tall. His arms and legs move his head does not. His eyes are shoe button eyes. He appears to have a tag that was taken off the back or it was repaired there as the stitching looks different. I look forward to finding out how old he is.
Thank you
Hi Shannon,
Your sweet little rescue teddy is American, and more modern than expected. The tag on his back would have revealed, Barely There, Inc. designed by the famous teddy bear maker, Linda Speigel-Lohre. She began her "cottage industry" of making teddy bears in 1976. She really was on the ground floor of this flourishing business. Her bears were sold at craft shows, teddy bear shows/shoppes and in gift shops. This unique design was one that launched her back into the market, after somewhat of a down spell. The hump back, full tummy, downward arms and bent legs were the new trademarks. She did the classic ones as well, but these had a human like quality that appealed to many. One of her bears in this design, "Spanky", made the cover of a noted teddy bear magazine. It is a plush material, with polyfill stuffing and shoe button eyes. Some of the other names in this category are "Gus," "Homer," and "Don't Shoot." These were made in 1980-90, and are collectible bears. Some had outfits, and in the early 90s were valued in the hundreds of dollars despite their $100.00 original price. Today, the markets are full of many collectibles, and not too kind with values. But, their charm and wit brings a smile and love conquers all! Your unique Bearly There creation would be valued under $100.00.

Greetings for the UK Brenda,

I came across this extremely ugly teddy bear who belonged to a German
lady, who has since passed away. He is 14" in length, and unfortunately has lost his growl. He has small glass eyes and a pig like nose showing two nostrils. His mouth which is the ugliest part of the bear is a red felt line, which I presume is meant to be his tongue. Both his arms and legs both rotate up and down and his head rocks backwards and forwards. His fur is somewhat warn, being light tan in colour. The ears are securely fixed.
Kind regards,

Hi Marion,
Your bear does come from Germany, most likely the Ernst Lieberman Co. of Neustadt,near Coburg. The story of their factory began with dolls and plush toys in 1894. They were very successful and hired more factory workers, as well as home workers (cottage industry). However, the onset of WWI forced Ernst to become a soldier, with his wife running the business. More tragedy struck with WWII, as American planes struck the area, and the elder LIebermann, his wife and 11 people lost their lives. Frank Lieberman was the new generation operating the reformed factory. Your bear dates from the late 50s to early 60s. They had several open mouth versions. The plastic nose and glass eyes mean it was made before the child safety laws took effect. The ears are stuffed and the three claws a classic trend for Germany. I think his body shot is like with the pink open mouth. Even more distracting are the ones with a solid red mouth. The mohair is in good condition, as are the wool felt pads. So your baby bear has quite a provenance.
Value would be $150.00.

Brenda I need your help to identify this lovely 18 inch high Teddy.

Bear feels like it has straw stuffing, he weights 3 LB:14 oz, has no tail. His most distinguished feature is a leader level in his back with a message saying: "TO BE TREAUSURED". No button on either ear. Light golden mohair, glass eyes, black stitched nose and mouth, no claws, swivel head. Jointed elongated limbs and arms. He has felt pads and clearly marked hump, some general thinning and a few bald spots.

Thank you,

Hi Alex,
Your "treasure" bear is an artist teddy bear, made similar to the cottage industry standards that existed in Germany. This happened here in America, as our artists were inspired and created their own designs and patterns. It has gorgeous large eyes, most likely glass, that are sewn into place. The mohair is long and dense, top quality. A cord nose is meticulously sewn, and the arms and legs have joints as well as the head. It is stuffed with excelsior, which gives the head and body great definition. Usually, artists do sign their pieces, just like paintings, for future benefit. Yours has a message, similar to Paddington's message of "Please look after this bear"! It probably dates to the 1990s, and is a collectible. The design is reminiscent of the Steiff bear "Happy Anniversary".
Your 18" Teddy would be valued at $175.00.

Hi Brenda,

My 1905, is a 24" Teddy with blonde mohair with vertical large nose with side lower stitching at both sides of the nostrils, nose, mouth, and claws are hand-stitched with black thread, a long muzzle ; large feet ; original felt pads, long thick curved arms, four claws on each paw and feet that are sewn two to each side of the center seam, metal disc joints, jointed five ways, cupped ears, shoe button eyes, a seam under his chin, no voice box, stuffed with woodwool (excelsior), and he/she has a hump back. I was told is a Early American Ideal Teddy from 1905?

Hi Laura,
     You do have an ideal bear...small letter i, although not the American Co.  Love your decorations around teddy and all his friends!  He is quite different, and my feeling is he is German, possibly from the Heinrich Schmuckler factory in Liegnitz.  The nose stitching is very unusual, and this is the only answer for that trait.  They were originally a doll factory founded in 1862. Teddy bears were advertised in 1911, with a catalog in 1920.  The trademark was Hesli. Back in the furor of 1906, and the demand for bears, many cottage industries (home sewers) were established to help fulfill the desire. This was mainly in Europe, as the German market had an established toy arena.  The excelsior stuffing (wood wool) was common for the dolls as well. He dates to the 1912 era, longer arms, formed feet, slight shoulder drop and humps both in front and back. His ears are quite large, and slightly cupped. Four claws were common on their products, along with the shoe button eyes sewn within the seam. At 24", he is a large bear with some wear. Value for your stoic bear would be $375.00. Brenda
Dear Brenda,
Theodore belonged to my uncle who was born in 1903. I’m not sure when he was purchased. He is 10” tall. His fur is quite thin and a very light honey color. He has no ear tag. His shoe button eyes appear to be original. His nose has horizontal stitching and although it appears to be original, I’m not sure it is because it is in such good condition. Paw pads are felt and in good condition; no claws. Head and legs all turn 360 degrees and I feel a thin disc in his body at each leg joint. I can also feel a circular object is his tummy but he doesn’t growl.
I would appreciate your information and appraisal.  Thanks, Nancy
Hi Nancy,
You sweet doll sized teddy bear has American traits, possibly Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. He is in good condition with wool covered pads, done in the pointed pattern design.
The ears are placed toward the the side of the head, indicating an early bear, along with the longer arms. His nose may have had a touch up through the years, although it does look to be original. The only wear seems to be on the back, meaning he spent some time laying in this position. The front seems to be in very good condition. He dates to the 1909 era, with the perky little muzzle. If you had a picture of your uncle with teddy that would raise his value and be called provenance. It was probably a squeaker in his tummy, but over time air gets into the mechanism and it stops working. Adorable little guy with a value of $250.00.

Today our markets remain at a lower rate, due to supply and demand. It seems only the vary rare items are holding their value.
Hoping for an up trend! Brenda

Hello Brenda,

I would appreciate any information you can give me regarding this large teddy bear I recently rescued. I honestly don't know anything about teddy bears, but here is what I can tell you. It measures approximately 30" and has a plastic nose with an open mouth. There arms and legs are not jointed and the head does not move. It has a plastic collar, but unknown if original to the bear. The eyes are buttons with an orange plastic and black "googley eyes". Some lose stitching has allowed me to see it is stuffed with shredded fabric or cotton (different colors) but the back feels crunchy like it may also have straw or something similar.

Thank you for your time,

Hi Beth,
Your large sized teddy is in really good condition and appears to be associated with the American company, Gund. The plastic muzzle and plastic google eyes were part of their designs during the 1950s. They have quite a heritage with their original owner, Adolf Gund, who came here from Germany. He established the company in CT at first, in 1898 for novelties. Then, he moved to NY during the early 1900s. One of his dedicated workers, Jacob Swedlin, eventually took over the company in 1925, when Mr. Gund retired. Teddy bears were added in 1906 to their line and today are still produced, although they are imported. Members of the Swedlin family still operate the business! They are most know for their Cubbigund cuddle bear, very similar to your Teddy. Unjointed, vinyl muzzle, google eyes, plush fabric, and contrasting colored pads and ears are typical characteristics. The plastic collar is original and perhaps this was one of the "carnival bears" offered as a top prize at the fair! The stuffing may be foam rubber, mixed with "sub" for this large bear.
Value today would be $95.00, and he is vintage!
We found both teddy bears in an auction and I do not have any history on the bears.
He is 5-way jointed, eyes are glass (I think), stitching on hands has long stitches into lighter colored body.
He is hard stuffed, not fluffy, and is 21” long.
He is 5-way jointed and his fur is a rust or cinnamon color. He has faceted buttons for eyes, maybe plastic. His nose, mouth, and pads on feet appear to be brushed corduroy. Firm stuff but still soft. He is 14” long.

Hi Glenn,

Your large sized teddy has quite a presence! His condition is very good, with the pads being recovered and his mohair thinning somewhat, but still intact. A few of the traits that point to the German market are the painted glass eyes (original), life like muzzle and the hump on the back. More prominent with American makers was a hump on the chest area, a flatter shoulder blade for the back and amber glass eyes. Although a few American factories shared the sliced in ear, Germany developed this early technique. The arms are lower on the body, yet well extended in length. The long torso is also notable, with closing seam stitches on both front and back. I wonder if he has a growler, although it would most likely be nonworking at this point. Although he is an unidentified German bear, many join him in this category. He dates to the 1920s, almost an antique! The recovered pads are a restoration effort, to keep the excelsior intact, and make the bear pleasing. Originally, they would have been wool felt.

Value for your auction win is $450.00.



Hi Glenn,
This is a companion bear from the 1940s, with his smaller size, shorter arms and very articulated joints! His origin is American, with the overstitched seams and pads. I think the original eyes may be been amber glass on wire shanks. They were not child safe, and easily removed. The shoe button replacements allow teddy to see. The vertical cord stitched nose is undisturbed as is his plush fabric, all in very good condition. He points towards the company, Gund. Their are no pads on the arms, another time saving design. The seam closer on the body is in the back. The inset muzzle defines his face is a common Gund technique. The company was formed in 1898, with toy novelties. Teddies were added in 1906, so you can see they have long been in the Teddy business. Jacob Swedlin took over the business when Adolf Gund retired in 1925. Although Jacob passed away in 1976, descendants are still involved in these teddies now made overseas. Value for your plush teddy would be $85.00. Any pictures of an original owner with a bear adds value. Next auction, be on the lookout for photos in case there may be some provenance!


Hello Brenda,
I acquired this bear from a local consignment shop a few years ago. I have yet to find one like it through research (which I’m usually pretty good at) so I now need your expert advise.
The bear is between 21 1/2” - 21 3/4”. Feels pretty dense/heavy. The head, upper and lower limbs swivel. The head has a center seam as well as the body and legs. The bear is a brown/reddish color and the pads are yellowish. Black nose with pink? lips. There is no tags or buttons. When i acquired it he had glass bead eyes (clear/red) barely holding on. It feels as if there is something in the middle of the back about the size of a nickel. Looks very old to me and has seen better days.
Thanks for your help!

Hi Jerod,
Even without his eyes, he is adorable. He is English, most probably, a Merrythought teddy. His fur is a cotton plush, used during the time of scarce materials. Dating to the 1960s, the large eyes would have been glass on wire shanks. They would be placed outside the head seams as noticed from the slight indentations. The style is similar to the "Bingie" bear, with an inserted muzzle made of a different plush. A vertical stitched cord nose has the extended downward outer stitches typical of Merrythought. The inverted Y mouth has a downward stroke. It seems he had a small felt tongue at some time..with remnants of the red remaining. These teddies were firmly stuffed with cotton fiberfill. They carried the Hygenic Toys logo before 1957. After that, it was Ironbridge Shrops. The felt pads could be easily repaired by a professional, matching as closely as possible the originals. Notice how the three claws reach over the felt area. His head is somewhat flat in back, to match the profile on his shoulders. Once he sees again, his life will be much brighter! Value for your UK teddy is $95.00 as is. Restoration will increase this value!


Good morning Brenda,

I just got a 17" tall bear at a garage sale that I know is from Germany, The owner stated the bear was given it to him when he was a child when he was residing in Germany by an older gentleman walking down the street. I have no idea what type of fur it has but is a jointed bear that growls; with a little coaxing, and has had a lot of love. He is so cute. He’s missing an eye but he is adorable just the same. It’s clear he is very old and his fur is very unique. I just want to know about him and his age, manufacturer etc.

Hi Kathy,
I am so glad you relayed the story to me about the German influence. At first glance, dear Teddy would seem to be more Japanese in culture. However, they usually concentrated on wire jointing as opposed to regular disc joints. His fur is a synthetic salt and pepper blend, with the muzzle, inner ears and foot pads completed in mohair. You did not mention about his neck being jointed, and it looks as though it is not. The arms have no paw pads, a time saving technique for production and saving in materials. I think his heritage is East German, possibly a company such as Willi Batz. They were originally a doll manufacturer, and the googly type eye would be common stock for dolls. They are glass, and sewn into the head on a wire shank. This manufacturer was started in 1924, and did exclusively teddy bears from 1949-1963. Willi was drafted into the armed forces in 1939, was held captive for a short time and returned to Neustadt. Three of his eight children also became teddy bear makers! He produced bears until his death in 1963. German growlers are fairly substantial. He has an original nose with a definite smile attached. The upturn arms almost seem as though he is reaching out for hugs! He dates to the late 50s, and would be valued at $125.00.
Hello Brenda
I have had this bear since I was a teen. In the summer of 1976 I went to Paris with my French Class. At the Eiffel Tower propped
against a trash can was this sad bear. I simply couldn’t leave it
there. So it came home with me and I have cherished it ever
since. It’s really in the same condition as I found it. I
measured and its 20 inches tall. I know really nothing more about
it. I can tell you it does have glass eyes. Its fur looks to be
what you call mohair and I would guess it still has three quarters
As you can see from the pics, he is barely hanging onto one
paw, and that was how I found him. And the pads were rubbed off his feet too. His insides seems to be a straw material. The back
of the bear is really in very good condition. I would most appreciate if you can identify the bear, perhaps how old, worth, and most specifically if I should attempt to restore it.
Thank you! (so glad I found your website!)
Hi Kate,
Ahhh, what an inspiring love story with your adopted teddy! He is in fact French, most probably from the Fadap factory. In the earlier years of the Teddy bear, these sweet companions were imported from Germany for the French population. Then, the first company in France to make bears was PIntel around 1913. As enthusiasm soared for this toy, several others joined ranks. Fadap's manufacturing began in 1925. They are similar to the Pintel brand, however one characteristic of this bear is the upturned nose. Yours has this trait along with the longer arms, chubby body, excelsior stuffing and wool felt pads (where still intact)!  The ears were large and round and claws begin with four stitches, then went to three. Original examples had shoe button eyes, with clear glass eyes evolving later. Your dates to the 1930s. Restoration would help him bring back together again. The face is where most of the value is cherished, but this too could be mended and patched with mohair backing. Dot Bird, of CA and Celia Baham in CA are well known restorers and Dot Bird has before and after pictures in Teddy Bear and Friends magazine.
Value as is for your much loved teddy would be $ 250.00.
Wow, what a souvenir of glorious France!
Hi Brenda,
I'm very curious about this cutie. According to my 81 year old mother-in-law, he belonged to her mother in the early 1900's. He is about 24 inches tall and is stuffed with a reddish straw material. He's not squishy at all! Rather, he is very hard, heavy and crunchy. He has wires sticking out where his eyes once were and his nose is very pointy. He has round metal discs under each arm and is jointed at the head, arms, and legs. A brown tweed like material covers his paws and where his left paw is torn you can glimpse some of the straw-like material. He doesn't have any claws.
Thanks again,
Hi Lynn,
What a solid bear with great presence! He is considered large with the 24" size. He is an unidentified American, with some very discerning traits. The very large head, flat at the back, and head situated on a very large neck joint to accommodate the weight, along with the large round ears date this bear to 1915. Glass eyes were attached to wire shanks, and his fabric nose, are also indications of made in the USA. The mohair is best on his head, a point that holds value. His metal joint is exposed, again from the weight of this sturdy sized teddy. The wool pads were most likely replaced some time ago, as the felt used by some American makers used a lesser grade that was thinner. The chunky torso with the seam down the front, would mean the finishing hand stitching was done on the back. He probably has a voice box, with most being non working at this stage. With signs of love and attention, he remains quite sturdy. Value today for your antique teddy would be $650.00. Brenda

Hello Brenda,

My daughter has this bear that was given to her by her late grandmother and was wondering if you could give any details regarding maker. Nothing is known about this bear, other than it has was known to be in the family at least 40 years and would either have been purchased at a collectors fair or handed down from the great-grandparents who moved from Germany to England just prior to WWII
Best Regards

Hi Paul,
Your daughters bear is a great one! It is from "down under" most likely, coming from the first manufactured bear maker in Australia. The Fideston Toy Co. was originally a book and music shop, founded by Richard and Louisa Fiddes. During WWI, they started making plush toys. Because they were so well received, a large order was filled in 1917. Mass production was under way in 1921, as they became officially registered. Teddy bears were the most popular toy! The examples of this company were often confused with the German makers because of their quality. The characteristics of this firm are a broad head with large ears, and a cone shaped nose. The typical bear is tipped mohair with leather pads.
I think the original glass eye is his right eye, with a replacement as the left eye. Five way jointed and excelsior stuffing, maintain his adorable shape. He dates to the 1930s. The size was not mentioned, but he seems to be a larger one, around 20". The nose has original cord stitching.
Value for teddy would be $1,200.00.

Hi Brenda,
I was so excited to find your website. I have been scouring the internet looking for some shred of information that would tell me about my new friend "Pandy". I found him at a local non profit store. I was thrilled to rescue him and bring him home. He is in truly beautiful condition, is extremely heavy and very dense (perhaps stuffed with wool). Glass eyes, stands at 21", has an aluminum gold chain. He sits on a sturdy platform that is covered in velvet and has a silk teal/light blue liner and printed on the back: "MADE IN CHINA" on the and "PANDA" on the front. Any information that you can find for us: Origin, age, value, if he was created to commemorate a special event etc., would be wonderful!
Thank you, Dawnell

Hi Dawnelle,
You found a very unusual panda bear, and did a sweet rescue! Good work on the computer with your finding of the Shanghi Dolls Factory. That is indeed its origin. After WWII, China became very involved in the making of plush animals. The earliest examples from this factory on mainland China had this quality pure wool fur fabric. The fabric tag designating this was done with the same green logo on all their products. The reverse side was done in Chinese writing. Also included in their first designs was a sewn nose, then a rubber nose, and later a resin nose. Your fabric nose was an eventual progression. However, yours still has the glass eyes as opposed to plastic. The stuffing is quite hard in these bears, almost a combination of kapok and some wood fiber. They are firmly stuffed! Since there is no jointing, I think this was made for display purposes. The chain appears to be original and perhaps their paper tag rosette in gold foil was attached or not. Interestingly, my smallest unjointed panda from this company has the tag, and on the back is stamped SA281. Perhaps the SA may have been initials for Shanghi Animals, then a code for style number. Since you have a display base with this numerical notation, the tag may have never been attached to the chain. I think it dates to 1960-70s, and was perhaps introduced during the Nixon administration when we received for our real Panda! The mention of chalk on the wood base relates to some of our earlier furniture manufactures who identified their product on the back with this method. Today, as we send off our national Panda back to China, I am glad you adopted this one. Value today, with plush still experiencing a downward trend, would be $75.00.
Enjoy your almost "vintage" bear!


Hi Brenda,
I’ve acquired yet another lovely bear of whom I’d like your opinion. I purchased him at an antiques mall in Stanfordville, New York. The owners sometimes purchase estates and this bear was in one of the estate lots they purchased. This bear is 18” tall and is 4” from shoulder to shoulder.  It looks as if his paw pads have been replaced and he has no foot pads. I wish his paw pads had not been replaced! His arms and his legs as well as his head rotate fully. I believe he may have had a working squeaker as there is a hard piece in his back that appears circular in shape. There’s also a bit of metal poking out from this area in his back.

Sincerely, Laura

Hi Laura,
You have an American bear with the seams and pads finished in the overstitched style. It seems to be a cross between a Gund and a Knickerbocker. I am tending more toward the Gund Co. because of the seams. The kapok stuffing has exploded outward, as noted in the foot pads. This is a normal consequence when kapok is exposed to any moisture. The shoulders are set somewhat low on the body and the nose is done in the typical vertical cord. Many companies in the USA during the 1920-30s era. Gund was said to make bears in the early years competing with Ideal and others. I think he dates to the late 20s. Having a voice with a squeaker box in the back, this too may have been affected by the kapok. The stuffing in the pads should be gently pushed within the seam and then contained with stitching to keep the look he had in the beginning and then finished with felt replacement pads. His cinnamon mohair has worn areas, revealing his well loved life! The amber glass eyes are original. Value for your Teddy would be $100.00 as he is presented. Restoration can increase the value for your estate find!

Hello Brenda, I am helping my friend 70 year old friend clear out her home. The bear was her mothers and she tells me that her mother bought the bear at a garage sale for one dollar and that was over 25 years ago. The size of the bear is 11.5 inches long by 9 inches high. This is the only info I have. Thanks!

What an interesting find! The bear on wheels is referred to as that and not a teddy bear. A teddy bear on wheels would have a movable head, with disc jointing. The outer covering is mohair, with excelsior stuffing. It dates, according to the Steiff underscored button, to 1912. The most important part of any bear is the face, and this area has significant the damage. It could possibly be repaired and a proper nose and mouth reconstructed as long as the fabric is not too fragile. The wheels are made by a German company as well, Marklin. It has all four wheels, and seems to be in good condition. The hump back is very realistic, showcasing the shoulder blades of a real bear. Because these toys were made with perfection, it is still preserved today. The collars sometimes had Steiff engraved on the leather, but yours seems to be plain. Notice the center seam down the front of the face! In the 5-way jointed teddy bears, this example happened every seventh bear and these center seam teddies are always more valuable. It was a conservation method for the expensive mohair. Almost an antique, the bear on wheels in his present condition would be valued at $150.00.

One that is in excellent condition would be worth up to $1,000.00!

Hi Brenda,

The bear was a gift in 1925. It's a hump back bear. It growls when you lay it down. The bear is 38" tall.



Hi Katherine,
Lovely, very large teddy from the 1920's! It is German, from the Bernhard Hermann Co. He was the oldest son of Johann and Rosalie, the founders of the Hermann toy company in Sonneberg. They had six children, all of whom had some ties to the toy factories. Bernhard established his own business in 1911 in Sonneberg, the toy capitol of the world.

He in turn had four sons who also followed in their fathers footsteps. So, your bear dates after WWI. The fabric is mohair, stuffed with excelsior and outfitted with a growler. Characteristics of this bear include the shaved muzzle, upturned hands, formed feet, a horizontal nose with a simple inverted Y for the mouth extension. Common also is the finished seam closing in the back. The red glass eyes, and somewhat large ears are also Bernhard Hermann traits. They supplied many sizes for their bears, which includes your larger example. Notice the human like long legs, later called carnival bears, that were made of silk plush.
Value for your near Antique teddy at 38" would be $600.00!

Hi Brenda,
So glad I found you through your great website!


This bear was purchased by my grandmother in the late 1920’s, I believe. It is 18" in length.

Please let me know if there is anymore info or photos I can provide.


Hi Barb,
Thank you for all the poses..of your grandma's treasured teddy! He is a very distinctive bear with the movable celluloid eyes. We had a similar bear in the Chelsea Toy Museum, and my husband labeled it the French Novelty and Toy Bear on our inventory record. French was underlined, and I figured that meant it was French. A few years later and some more investigation, I find that name is correct, however it was originally called the National French Fancy Novelty Co. It was a short lived American Co. and often times the bear is labeled as unidentified. They made more dolls than bears, and were in business 1925-1928. They also made a mohair dog called Toodles. Located in NY, like all the big factories, they have very little documentation. Your bear is mohair, with excelsior stuffing, a slight cord nose and fairly straight arms with wool felt pads.
His value would be $450.00, a rare one!

Greetings Breanda,


My teddy is at least 70 years old. He has a center seam, flat round head, seems to have straw stuffing, and has a little tail.


I have never seen another like him. He is about 14" high, is "love damaged" and with nose surgery.

I appreciate any information about our teddy.


Hi Veronica,
You have a quality German teddy bear circa 1920s. He has the glass eyes similar to Bing and Schuco. They are a bit larger than most.
I think they are original, along with the cord nose and claws. The cottage industry was very active in Germany, especially after WWI. Many of the factories shut down during the war. At the initial start up, these home sewers could supply inventory. The horizontal nose on the 14" and under bears was common for the top makers. His wear that you are concerned about, is the result of a moth, many years ago. On any bear, the face is top priority for condition. What happened was the sweet mohair is a moth's delight! But, his face was not attacked and that is good. I recommend you keep a cedar block or lavender scented moth packets to avoid any further feasting. The mohair in the joints will reveal the true color of the original brown. He has mellowed a bit as the sun effects wear. So, he is most likely German cottage made with the Schuco and Bing influence. His presence is wonderful, despite the bare areas.
Value today would be $700.00.

Hi Brenda, this bear has been in my family for years and I can't find anything lto help identify it. He is in pretty ratty condition. He is 10-1/2" and stuffing is very crunchy. Articulated joints with tail that moves head side to side as well as up and down. I can feel a metal rod in the tail. Eyeglasses are metal, eyes are an amber-red and appear to be faceted glass. Black trim around outer edge of ears. Nose is horizontally stitched in brown thick yarn like thread.
Head seams in a V shape. The head has some sort of metal frame inside with an opening that allows it to be moved up and down by the tail movement.
What is left of the fabric on one paw appears to be some sort of woven material similar to a coarse linen. The fur feels stiff and inside the joints it is softer. Thanks for whatever you can tell me!
Best, Robin.
Hi Robin,
You have a wonderful Schuco fox, made in the 1920's! Schuco is a notable toy firm from Germany, formed originally as Schreyer & Co.,in Nuremberg. The owner was Herman Mueller, who worked previously for Bing. Another partner was Heinrich Schreyer, a former furniture salesman. They produced the yes/no mechanism in the 1920s, making teddy bears and animals able to communicate in a nonverbal fashion. Your fox is rare, with the jewel faceted eyes. The mohair covering looks good, although the linen pads may need to be recovered. Schuco is known for their metal bodies with excelsior stuffing to achieve a sturdy, lasting toy. The older mechanism works forever, while some of the 1950s Tricky pieces may lose the ability to say yes. No seems to work fine though! As a family heirloom, you are most fortunate to have this piece of history. It even sports the metal glasses in place.
Today a value of $850.00 would be reasonable.
Enjoy! Brenda

Keep your bears safe!

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

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Ask Brenda Yenke


Appraisals are $20.00 for each item.

(Bears, stuffed animals, vintage toys too)


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

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

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

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

Now available an Evaluation Certificate


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


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


Certificates are $10.00 for each bear.


Select the option from the PayPal button.

Single or Multiple Appraisals

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


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



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