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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 bought this bear because of the unusual 2 buttons in his ears. It perked my curiosity and I have no idea what
I have. The buttons look strange although I knew they were blank.This bear is 18" tall, not mohair. Needs lots of love and has had some sloppy repairs. I looked it up in my Steiff Identification price guide, pg 40 and possibly hope that it's him? I hope the photos show his fur or lack of and he doesn't have any bald spots but is dirty in places.
I am so glad I ran across your website. I wasn't sure how
I was ever going to find out about him.
Thanks, Charlene
Hi Charlene,
Your newly acquired teddy bear is definitely old and considered in the antique category. However, the blank brass buttons are more of a decoration than an ID trait. It is an American manufactured toy and with the wool plush material most resembles the Miller Antiseptic teddy bear. The company was a short lived, making their teddies somewhat rare. The eyes are shoe buttons and the five claws support the age as 1907. This was known as the age of the teddy bear when everyone desired to have this toy. The finishing seam on the body is in the back, another common thread for American bruins. The stuffing is most likely excelsior with some settling of its contents over all the years. The pads are wool felt and the nose is wool cord. At 18", this is considered a large sized bear. Today the value would be around $800.00.
Hi Brenda,
I bought this bear at our local consignment shop. He came with a bit of provenance that says he belonged to a woman who was born on October 27, 1905. Bear is 12” in length when laid flat and measured from the tip of an ear to the foot on the same side. His arms, legs and head move/ swivel. He is crunchy when squeezed and I believe there is something solid in his center, but I can’t be sure; it might just be packed filling. His eyes are solid black. His fur appears to be mohair.
He has stitched claws on all four paws. His pads are felt-like and appear to be in pretty good condition. The button is puzzling. It reads “Steiff,” does not have the long “f,” but appears to be one of the iron/nickel plated buttons since it attracted a magnet I held to it. It is difficult to ascertain whether the diameter of the button is 3/16” or ¼”.

Thank you in advance,
Hi Laura,
Interesting that the birth date of the original owner to coincide with Teddy Roosevelt's birthday which is Oct. 27th! Your original Steiff teddy bear dates to 1907 with the shoe button eyes, felt pads and four claws on the hands and feet. The nickel plated iron button was used after the blank button and elephant button. It has a magnetic force. Usually, the FF underscored button is the norm, with the FF trailing in effect. Perhaps this area is worn, from the metal. There is some damage to the wool felt pads and with careful sewing could ensure the contents will not leak. So, the original owner got him for her 2nd birthday and the bear is considered an antique, over 100 years old. At 12" it is still considered small, as the doll size is 10". Measuring teddies while they are on their backs, from the top of the head to the heal of the foot, insures a proper length. He is stuffed with excelsior and has
a squeaker in the tummy. Most have not retained their voice box, as air gets into the squeaker and the seal is broken. Some mohair loss but overall a very nice bear.
Value today for your piece of the archives is $750.00. Any pictures of the original owner with the bear would increase the value around 10%.

Hi Brenda,

This is a bear my mother owned. I did not play with this bear. He was kept for show. My mom was born in 1923 and I do not know when she received the bear, but am sure it was when she was a child. He is 24" from bottom of his foot to the top of his. No tags visible. Has disk joints arms and legs and his head turns. Amber Glass eyes and rubber nose. Cinnamon color. Paws feel like thick wool felt.
Thank you,

Hi Kathleen,
Your provenance could increase the value of your teddy bear, once owned by mom! Look for pictures that might have both of them photographed, but if none are found, you should at least take a picture today of you and the bear. It dates to the 1930s and is from the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. of NY. Many have stated that this firm originated the first teddy bears that were inspired by the Clifford Berryman cartoon published in the Washington Post. However, in recent years with more investigation, we know for sure that their factory started mass production in 1907. It could be that Morris and Rose Mitchom made some hand made bruins and put them into their stationery store's window before the teddy craze. Now, back to your large mohair teddy that is stuffed with kapok. The reddish color differs from the brown Knickerbockers of this same time period. What sets him apart is the rubber nose. Ideal started with cord noses, then varied their designs with rubber, hard plastic and later, vinyl. The contrasting wool felt pads have an over stitch similar to Gund. An inset shorter mohair muzzle with large ears and amber glass eyes rate him a very good vintage condition teddy. Some had voices, but most are not operable today. The hang tag would have been cardboard. By 1938 they shortened their name to Ideal Toy Co. Value on teddies have suffered a down market, but with all this into consideration, your American icon teddy should be insured for $400.00.
Hi Brenda,
I do love to have my bears appraised by you. That's the only way I am confident of which bear I have.
I bought this little bear off eBay. He is 10" tall and has glass eyes he is in reasonable condition with only a few bald patches and one foot pad replaced. Although he has a Steiff button I have always wondered if he could be a modern replica Steiff bear that has been aged. His body does seem to be thinner and longer than other small Steiff bears in my bear books. He is very cute though, small but perfectly formed.
Many thanks
Hi Denise,
Nice win on your auction bid! Yes, this a legitimate Steiff dating to 1912. He has the FF underscored button, which they used for several years. At 10" he is considered "doll sized" which is a teddy with all the attributes of a much larger bear. With miniatures as well as smalls, this quality characteristic elevates their value. He is the classic styled teddy that originally started in 1906 with shoe button eyes. Yours has glass eyes and they are adorable! Stuffed with excelsior, felt pads and four claws, the wear spots to the mohair put his overall condition as good with slight balding. At over a 100 years, we should all be so lucky to have this critique! The bottom line for teddies are judged by the top rated Steiff Company. Margarete Steiff was known to say, "Only the best, for our children". Today, our markets are somewhat down, due to many collectors selling their items. However, I think your Teddy would appraise at $800.00.

Hi Brenda,

This is my newest find from a sale. I was told he was being sold for a 91 year old great-grandfather. I believe I spent too much money on him but could't resist his sweet face.

I thought he would be easy to identify because he does have a ear tag. It is blank or name has worn off. The bear is 14". I believe original glass eyes Seems to have original flow nose, mouth and four claws on feet, 3 on arm paws. His paw pads are worn but no holes. The fabric is something other than felt. He has a shaved nose and his mohair is evenly worn through out. Please help me identify my new bear.

Hi Lori,
What a sweet bear as a royal teddy! Your find has connections to Britain, and the firm of Chad Valley. They like many others, tried to identify with the German Steiff Co. and the use of buttons in the ear. Back at the beginning of the 20th century, Steiff fought long and hard to keep this territory their own trademark. It was successful in some instances and other times, after a law suit, the offending factory decided to not challenge the edict. So for this button in your bear's left ear, the original blue paint must have worn off, and the silver remains, helps date the bear. Chad Valley began as Johnson Brothers, with stationery as their product in 1850. Time passed and in 1897 the trademark was adopted as Chad Valley. Their bear making began in 1915, just in time to fill the void of WWI, as German imports were banned. Your Teddy dates to the 1930s and seems to be in very good condition. The amber glass eyes are original along with the felt pads. The foot pads have a cardboard layer under the felt. Oddly, the button was usually in the right ear, but sometimes that varied and the left ear was used. It would have read, Chad Valley, British Hygenic Toys. Identification tags were also attached to the right foot pad. In 1938 they were granted a royal warrant: Toy Makers to Her Majesty the Queen, with the additional royal coat of arms emblem. Glad you have found a treasure! Teddy at 14" is a medium sized bear. Today the value would be $750.00.

Hi Brenda,
This bear is my mother's bear and was given to her in the 1930's. She is uncertain of its age the time it was gifted to her. He measures 18" tall, is very scruffy, yet rather charming, but my kids are terrified of him! The paws are a velveteen type of material. The arms, legs and head all rotate. His body is very firm, not soft & squishy. I'm hoping you can help us out with some history & value for this handsome guy.
Thank you so much.

Hi Jennifer,
What a sweet American teddy, from the Knickerbocker Toy Co. Your mom received the quintessential plush toy, made famous from Shirley Temple and her love of this styled bear. The company has NY heritage, with the original factory in Albany, to produce the Victorian alphabet blocks in the mid 1800s. The teddy bear was developed in the 1920s, as their earliest example. In the 1960s, they moved the factory to NJ. Your provenance with mother's teddy, helps the value. He is in excellent condition, with all the mohair and the fur the original brown color. So many times, this bear turns a copper color from exposure to direct light. His velveteen pads are also pristine, along with the nose cord and original glass eyes. This model dated from the 1930s, early for this manufacturer. They also did a few with metal noses during this era. The stuffing is excelsior. Later examples had a kapok blend. At 18", this is considered a large sized bear. If you pictures of your mom with teddy as a child, this would increase the value. Today without photos, he would be valued at $500.00. You mentioned your children are afraid of teddy. Maybe this is the color of the fur and his realism. Black bears were often scary to youngsters, however today they are quite collectible and more rare. The factories got wind of this aspect and stopped producing them. Enjoy your treasure!

Hi Brenda,
I have one for the books here. I bought him 25yrs ago from a friend in CT. He is 7.5'' tall has moveable legs and arms, black wood shoe button eyes and thread nose. Someone who loved him made him a drop seat pajama and a wool coat plus felt/wool shoes. That is the good part. He never had ears in my ownership. I do not know if he is a bear or a walrus. My friend said a bear. I have kept him close to me, have no idea why except he just looks in need of love. Could you attempt to ID him. I thought maybe he was Japanese made because he is crude. His 'fur' is so worn. Thanks so much,

Hi Connie,
Poor bear, no ears to hear the good news! He has what we call a peanut shaped body with a non-jointed neck. At one time, the joints holding the arms and legs in place, were thin metal rods that protruded through these limbs and were fastened on the outside. If you have a Bing Bears and Toys book, written in 2000, by Ken Yenke and published by Schaffer, page 65 has a very similar bear to yours with the ears. The shoe button eyes are original along with the cord nose. Ken dated this bear to pre 1910 and had Bing as the manufacturer. I think yours is definitely German, however I cannot say for sure it is a Bing. Petz did a similar bear, with slits in the head for the ear placement, but the shoulders are quite low compared to the Bing. The stuffing is excelsior, and no pads were a way to save on production time. He is well loved, and at 7.5", could be easily carried for a companion. The classy outfit helps keep him in style. Today his value would be around $85.00 as is. Period ears would help retain value and restore his look!



Hi Brenda,

I found this bear at an antique store thought it looked like a cool old bear but I have no information on it. It's a bit rough. Arms and legs are jointed but looks like someone did a quick fix on one of the jointed arms. The head moves. The pads feels like leather and most of its fur is missing. He's about 17".


Hi Nicole,
Your well loved teddy is a German bear, from the Hermann factory. Most specifically, the Max Hermann branch of this talented toy industry is centered in Sonneberg. They began in 1920. Max was their youngest son. Your example dates to the 1930s and it is mohair with the inset muzzle. The leather pads were recovered carefully and hand stitched many years ago, along with the adorable supporting patches to mend teddy. Your bear is 5-way jointed and stuffed with excelsior. Most had growlers and Hermann's were a very good quality music box. The slightest gap in the device makes them inoperable today. The eyes are a red glass. The horizontally stitched cord nose and three claws were familiar traits to this company. At 17" tall this is a medium sized huggable bear. Given lots of love through the ages because the mohair is fairly worn. Value for your vintage teddy bear is $125.00.
Hi Brenda,
I am 72 years old and sending you pictures of my teddy bear who is about 69 years old. (1948-49?) My mother, now in her late 80s, told me they had to have this bear for me, even though they could not afford the bear. I played with him as a very young child and removed his eyes. Other than the missing eyes he is 100% original and looks in excellent or maybe mint condition. His arms, legs and head rotate and he still growls. Looks like 19". When I turned him over for the picture he growled. He had lived the last 60+ years in a closet.

Hi Jerry,
Oh my goodness, you played so gently with Teddy that his condition is excellent! He dates to the 1940s with the inset mohair muzzle (shorter fabric), and the longer more plush mohair body and limbs. The glass eyes were simply on wire shanks, and predated the child safety laws, so they were easily removed. He is soft stuffed, with a cotton called kapok. The pads are velveteen, and are original. The growler you heard is often not working, so glad his voice is still heard. The American company who made him is Knickerbocker, originally formed in 1850 to produce Victorian wooden alphabet blocks. They introduced teddy bears and other toys in the 1920s. Headquartered in NY, they stayed here until the late 60s, then moved to NJ. They actually have a famous connection to Shirley Temple, as her favorite large teddy bear was also this brand. At 20", this a considered a large bear too. Values today are a bit down, however he would be $375.00 with your provenance and photos, contributing to his heritage!

Hello Brenda,
I found this stuffed German Shepherd dog at a local flea market.
From nose to tail he's is 16" long and stands about 14" tall.
Thank you.


Hi Marilyn,
Awesome German Shepherd, that happens to be a German toy! It dates to the 1960s, with plastic eyes and nose and quality mohair in varying lengths. I think it is from the Hermann Company, who made top notch plush from the early 1900s. The stuffing is excelsior, which is the early fill used by many factories. Very common at this time were open mouth dogs, with a tongue. Sometimes, this was frightening for young children, so the closed mouth was a great alternative. The plastic collar and red mouth along with the black air brushing are further details included with a mohair piece. At the time he was manufactured, he would have had a hang tag with ID, which if given to a child for play, was probably removed for safety reasons. The standing position was more detailed in design and not jointed. Sitting and lying examples would be less expensive. Dogs and cats are next in popularity after teddy bears. Value today for your show dog is $150.00.

Hi Brenda,
I was surprised again when yesterday at an antique auction I spotted this wonderful orphan. I dare not tell you what I paid but it was very low! I am completely smitten by this bear! It measures 21” in length. No Steiff tag in the ear. Curly mohair with some losses as you can see in the photos. The ‘squeaker’ still works! Dark brown wool snout, whiskers and claws. Eyes appear to be glass, two wool claws on hand and three on feet. Paw pads look original. Head, arms and legs and all rotate fully. Excelsior filling.
And this bear is still plump-excelsior has not dribbled out of any holes etc. No labels that I can see. Seam down the middle of the arms, down the middle of the stomach and down the back. Paws are curved almost 90 degrees at the wrist. Any information you may have as to the toy company etc., would be much appreciated. Thank you again for your wonderful service.
Yours truly;

Hi Joanne,
At first, he seemed very English to me until his signature styles surfaced. The bear is German, and has such a touching story of provenance. Hans Leh, founded a factory for dolls and toys in 1893, centered in Coburg, and they came into the plush industry in 1921, with a concentration on the classic form and a variety of mohair fabrics. When Woolworths developed their department store in Sonneberg in the late 20s, Leh was registered as the first customer in the list of suppliers. Business was good. However with WWII, he was forced out of the factory with a military take over of the premises. After he died in 1945, the factory was restored to his two sons. I think this is where your bear was created, after the war with a curly plush mohair and fabric pads. The nose is under the head seam, sewn in a horizontal manner. Slightly lifted paws seem to wave "hello", while eyes are painted glass. This mohair has Zotty styled connections! At 21", he is considered a large bear. Glad he is still talking with the working squeaker. At the end of their era for toy making, some unfortunate financial difficulty caused the factory to close. Value today, with a much loved status would be $175.00.

Hello Brenda

My wife and I bought the teddy bear shown in the attached photos at a tag sale recently, and we've done some research but have not been able to find anything online showing identical bears. It seems to be in excellent condition, and has features that as far as we have found are indicative of a fairly old bear (glass eyes, a more pointed snout, rotating joints, felt pads).

Most of the stuffing feels soft, except for all four paws, which feel like they are filled with small bean bag type material. It looks like there was a tag on the back seam, but it was cut off. We also checked for a button in the ears but didn't find one. The thing we haven't been able to figure out is what material the fur is made of? So any insight you can give us into the age, origin and value of our new friend would be greatly appreciated!


Hi Mike,
You are right that it resembles an older bear, with the ears on the side of the head, shoe button eyes, and articulated joints for the limbs and head. The material is a curly lamb acrylic, with flannel pads and hand stitched nose, mouth and claws. It is done in the style of the early bears, however, it is an artist-bear that dates to the 1990s. The polyester filled body with the pellets in the paws, actually is therapy related for a soothing touch for the hands. The piece of missing tag would have contained the artist's name. This was a common place for the placement of identification with many manufactures also doing this. Back in the 70s, with the introduction of the Boyd's Bears, many artists were inspired to create their own pieces. Notice how closely set the eyes are on the face is a likely comparison to this factory as well. With the soft stuffing and moveable joints at 15", it is a huggable size. Noted in this fabric is a teddy called "Oatmeal", manufactured by the North American Bear Co., within the same time frame as your Teddy. This bear was non-jointed though. Value today for your artist designed and hand made plush teddy would be under $50.00.

Hello Brenda,
This bear is 4 1/2" tall and wearing the original Swiss outfit made of felt.
He has a rubber body and head and had a white shirt that has yellowed with age. I haven't seen any markings on him. Nothing on the bottom of his plastic black boots which were painted to his body and are not separate pieces. He appears to be in great shape except his head wobbles and there is a small hole on his right hand. My parents were in Switzerland in 1970 and bought this before I was born. I call him "Mr. Smiley" because his outstretched hands look like he wants to give me a big bear hug.
And looking at his funny face, squinty eyes, seeing his big smile and of course those protruding ears, always makes me laugh! For such a small teddy bear, he really makes an impact with his big charm! I now live in a very dry desert area and I'd like any recommendations on how to keep him safe! I plan on keeping him in a "glass shadow box" with a picture of my parents and a Swiss map in the background.  Thank you so much for your help!
Cheers, Nell
Hi Nell,
Sweet story of your little companion! He is actually a  hedgehog, made after the famous Mecki, a German comic character. He was originally created by Ferdinand Diehl, in the 1940s. A new decade, the 1950s, created a sensation with the TV Magazine of HORZU. There are clubs associated with Mecki fans, and a magazine called Stachelkoph, features his adventures. Steiff did a similar Mecki to yours, rubber in the early years, and later vinyl. Steiff was granted exclusive production rights in 1951. I think yours may be from the SAF factory, headquartered in Mittendorf, Austria or the Peter Mecki also made in Austria. These firms were active after WWII. He has mohair for the hair, and wool felt for the clothing, styled in a Swiss fashion. To keep him safe from the elements, a constant temperature is necessary with no extremes. He can live where you live, and possibly protected in a cabinet away from direct light. He has amazingly good character, as most of the rubber pieces show deterioration. Perhaps a cedar board under his feet would help keep the critters away from the felt. I am sure he had a tag once upon a time for ID. Value today is priceless for you with this provenance. An ordinary Mecki figure would be around $60.00 in the small size. Take a picture of you and Mr. Smiley, further adding to his heritage!
Hi Brenda,
This big bear is another auction find and he is 24" tall. He has had quite a few repairs; his left ear and he has a little plug in his right temple which was repairing a little hole. I did replace his pads because he literally had none left. I was afraid he would lose his wood shavings and loose the shape of his paws. He has glass eyes, a large cloth nose (with a tiny hole), and his original floss mouth. There are no indication that he ever had floss claws.
Thank you again.
Hi Lori,

Magnificent teddy that you won at auction! This is what is referred to as the "long torso" American bear. It seems he is firmly stuffed with a very wide neck joint, large shoulder blades (hump) on the back and another hump on his front to support his large head. The upturned hands and formed wrists are placed lower on the body. The feet are smaller but still have a defined ankle. You did a good job with covering the pads to protect the excelsior stuffing! The fabric nose is a typical American trait, to afford a simpler production. Glass amber eyes are sewn within the seam line. He dates to 1912, with a longer plush mohair. The hand finished seam for the body is located on the back. His ears are cupped to resemble the European models as well. While a definitive name cannot be used to further identify this teddy, we can discern the characteristics and draw a likely origin. His condition is good, and the value would be $700.00 for insurance purposes.

At 24", this is a large bear!  


Hi Brenda,
I would like to know the value and/make of my Teddy Bear. He belonged to my Mother who was a Antique Doll Collector her whole life and she occasionally picked up other toys. This little guy was in one of her cabinets, displayed with her dolls. He measures 13" tall, has embroidered nose, mouth, and toes on all four paws. Glass eyes. His arms and legs are on discs which make him able to pose. He was well loved, and his head is loose. I left the thread hanging out the back to show you.
I haven't tried to repair it yet. His head swivels and there is a mounting disc there, too. Small hump on his back. Long bent front paws. Firmly stuffed. That's about all I can tell you. I know my Mom probably brought him home because of his sweet face. Thanks for any information you can give me.
Hi Nancy,
Your mother's bear is indeed a Steiff, dating to the early years. It would have had a blank button at one point in time, dating it to 1907. It is mohair, with excelsior stuffing and shoe button eyes. I think the thread you see on the back may have been from someone adjusting the eyes many years ago. It is possible that they were repositioned at this time. This 13" size indicated a horizontal nose with black cord, complete with the outer outline and extension for the mouth. It should have had a squeaker in the tummy, but by now, most are not operating. It was made in the common gold color and has some amount of wear. Not bad for an antique!  Steiff was a cornerstone for all other companies. In fact, the other makers competed heavily with this German toy. Even though this is not the 10" doll sized teddy, it works out well with all dolls. The noticeable turn in the hands and feet are characteristics that only age can dictate. Value today for your inherited teddy would be around $700.00. The markets are a still a bit down, with only the rare and mint commanding top dollar. Pictures of your mom with her bear could add to the value with provenance.  Brenda 
Dear Brenda
This bear was sold to me as a 1930's JK Farnell bear. He measures 27 inches tall, retains 100% of his long gold mohair, has two-tone amber glass eyes, original rexine paw pads, original vertical stitched nose and five claw stitching on paws, excellent joints, poly stuffed throughout. There is no noisemaker that I can detect, and a small "Made in England" patch sewn on his left foot. Although the paw pads show wear, there are no holes, rips, or tears and appears the "crackle" look is simply surface related to the fabric. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
David Weaver
Hi David,
Wow, another great bear to add to your collection! Yes, they tagged it correctly with the description. Farnell is a notable English firm, with the most impressionable Winnie the Pooh. However, over the years they were marketing a variety of styles equally deserving. Being the early British maker they sustained for many lucrative years. Your bear is a prime example of their high quality products. This Teddy Series, circa 1930s, was meant to regain a part of the market hurt from the economics of that era. As they introduced this elite model, they also appealed to the those who wanted a less expensive model. Most often the identification on the left foot was sewn in a vertical fashion as opposed to the horizontal reading. Oilcloth or rexine pads usually always shows wear in comparison to the wool felt of the early bears. The highlight of this bear is the superb quality of mohair that seems to still glisten. This was their largest option, making it the "Star"! The webbed design on the hands was used until the 1930s. Then they went to the over stitch claws, just as yours indicates. The tagged foot was generally a blue and white printed label, with Farnell's Alpha Toys printed above the "Made in England". They were sewn onto the pad with machine stitching. It seems your Teddy has red printing, with a few hand stitches for adherence. Value is steep today, as it was over 80 years ago. He should be insured for $4,000.00. Great presence! Brenda
Hi Brenda, I would love any information you could share about this adorable bear. His head is jointed and moves right to left but his arms and legs are not. My brother bought it years ago from an antique dealer but I do not know who that was. He was told it is a Steiff bear. He is 16" tall when standing, one leg seems to be stretched out a little but is still attached and not torn. He only has 3 claws on his feet and none on his arms.
His arms seem a little long and he has an open mouth with a red felt tongue and a little stain. His mouth and ears have a dark outline around them in mocha color while one ear that the stitching is coming undone. Other than the few things mentioned he seems to be in good condition. I believe his eyes are plastic and his nose stitched with black thread. He is not real soft and cuddly, more hard and stiff, not overly stuffed. His pads on his feet are hard, almost as if there is a piece of cardboard under the felt, tops of feet are padded. There are no tags. I can feel the wire in his arms if I squish them, not so much in his legs, they seem to be a little more stuffed. His hair is long except around his muzzle, ears, feet and pads on his arms. Hope I gave you enough information to figure out where this little guy came from.
Kind Regards,
Hi Kari,
Your treasured bear comes from Germany, like the Steiff Co., but it has other origins and an interesting heritage! He is from the Anker Plush Factory Gmb.H, located in Munich originally. They have roots from the famous Johann Hermann successors. Ernst Baumler bought the remaining stock of plush, machines and patterns from this firm in 1954. At that time the trademark was a teddy bear with an anchor. Two years later, it changed to a lion and an anchor, done in a blue and white cardboard, and hung from the ribbon around his neck. This particular teddy is wire jointed (moveable without joints), has cardboard under the fabric for standing, is stuffed with excelsior, and has the open mouth and tongue. The name given to this teddy is Puck, the dancing bear. His claws on the feet are air brushed, sewn cord nose and plastic eyes. Dating to the 1960s, the longer mohair and the air brushed ear outline are in perfect condition! This vintage bear may have had a plastic collar around the neck, ribbon or a chain from the nose to resemble the European real bears early in his life. The longer arms, bent in the downward position also signified a playful, gentle style after the war. In 1970, the distribution changed to Nuremberg, through the Schuco firm. Final phases came in 1976, with closure. Value for your Series 9 Teddy from Anker is $250.00.
Greetings Brenda, I rescued this bears from our local transfer station (dump) and thought it was not going to go in the trash dumpster. It is 18" long, can be posed, short hair. Not sure if the eyes are glass or plastic. When you look at the face front on it looks like he took a knock-out punch to his left side of his snout and also hard to see in photo, but the left lip line is at a 45 degree angle down. This is about all the information I know about him.
Thank You ever so much, Bradford
Hi Bradford,
Thanks for saving a piece of the past by your rescue! This wool teddy bear is from mainland China, and dates to the 1970s. He is almost vintage at the coming age of 50! Shanghai Dolls Factory or "SDF" as exhibited by their cardboard tags hung from the center seam of the chest; originally had glass eyes, stitched or rubber noses and claws. Yours, dating to the safety eye law, are plastic for child play. Forming after WWII, they were one of the first factories from Asia. What is admirable about these bears is the natural fabric of wool. A recent study credited the wool factor to increase endorphins and as a result had a calming effect. No wonder sheep are so happy! His mishap with the torn jaw must have been a tout from an interested puppy. This could be easily repaired and sewn back together. The nose threading could be gently coaxed to cover the parts that seem to be exposed with a small needle. He is a "natural", and mint aside from the jaw area. Value for your rescue is priceless I know, but in the market place he would be valued around $70.00. Brenda

Hello Brenda,
This mohair bear measures 19” from top of head to toe He is in a colour I can best describe as light blonde or champagne -- the pictures show him a
little darker than in real life. I have attached a picture of my
previously evaluated light caramel brown bear for color comparison. He has glass eyes and is filled with wood excelsior with a prominent hump on his back. His head droops forward slightly when sitting. He is jointed at neck, arms and legs.

There is a front seam down his belly and down the arms and legs at the back side. There are two seams forming a “V” on the back of the head. He has a fairly prominent muzzle with black wool sewn nose and mouth. There are no claws sewn on
hands or feet and there are no identifying tags or markings.

The condition of this bear is excellent – other than a repair needed to a small tear on the left shoulder -- and he is very clean.

Hi Penny,
Enjoyed your pictures and thank you for the background of acquiring this teddy bear. It appears to be done in the style of the older bears, but I think it is an artist's reproduction. The mohair is mint, and glistens in the photos. At 19", this is considered a large bear. From the design, it must have been a unique original pattern created by the artist. This speaks for the no claws, long narrow feet, large hump on the back, long arms as the early bears, and the unique hand stitched nose and mouth. The head is also large, and with the excelsior stuffing, makes it hearvy and it sags. Artists are so talented today! The eyes are red glass, and the felt pads are wool. From the age, it could be one of the early creations dating to the 1980s. Appraising through pictures is feasible, but the best are always a "hand's on" approach. The bears aroma, stitching observed, and general countenance help with history. Stuffing these bears is a job in itself. Many an artist suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome, with this extensive effort. Completed in the style of the older bears, the history of yours can be further enhanced with your care and documentation. Value today for well accomplished teddy would be $250.00. Brenda
Hi Brenda,
I bought this bear at a garage sale, thinking he looked fairly old and interesting. He is 13” tall, I suspect he is made out of mohair. He has a partial fabric tag on his bottom that says LE. He is very firmly stuffed, with velvet paws in very good condition. It has a muzzle, and thick cord for stitching on the nose and mouth. I think the eyes are glass, they seem flatter than today’s toy eyes. His paws are quite pointy, the foot pads fairly round. There is a small amount of loss of fur on the tummy, and at the seams of the ears. His head is quite round. There is no stitching for claws and he has no tail. There seems to be an object palpable in the body, perhaps it used to make a noise? Thank you for your help!
Hi Elizabeth,
You found an interesting bear at the garage sale! We really have become dependent on tags, buttons and signatures to help us identify the teddies of yesteryear. Your partial tag counts, and supplies some heritage to this dear fellow. The original manufacturer is Lefray Ltd., a company formed in 1948, after WWII. They were based near London for almost 12 years. Later the factory moved to Hertfordhsire, which had all the newest equipment and was larger. However, they later moved to Wales and added another soft toy industry--Real Soft Toys. They received the license to produce Rupert Bear in 1990. So their legacy continues. Yours dates from the 1950s, is mohair with cotton stuffing. The eyes are glass, with hand stitched cord nose and mouth, and no claws. The hygienic toys, meant they used all new materials for construction. The red/white/blue lettering appeared as alphabet blocks, and Made in England completed the tag. He is five way jointed, and had a squeaker. The contrasting pads were common. Today, with his mint condition and part of his ID, his value would be $150.00. Enjoy,
Hi Brenda

I was hoping you can solve the mystery of two of my favorite buddies. I won them both from  auctions. I have no past history on either of them.

Thank you so much,

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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