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Im trying to identify this bear. My girlfriend has had this bear for roughly 13 years and I was hoping to identify and locate a replacement. Can you help me with this please? This bear was attained randomly at a garage sale roughly 15+ years ago. Bears height is 14" tall and 6" wide. Has a faded vintage cloth style for its inner ears and body with pink cuffs at the ends of its appendages.
My grandma gave me your email address; Youve helped her in the past and came highly recommended!

Hi James,
Thank you to your Grandma for her kind referral! I think this chintz fabric bear resembles a Gund teddy. They did a campaign in the 1980s to advertise their plush animals with the phrase, Gotta Get a Gund! It traveled around the world and many teddies as well as animals were made. As far as a replacement, my recommendation is to have your girlfriends dear teddy restored as he is. The fabric is in good shape and with careful hand washing, new stuffing could also refresh the bear. His eyes, nose and acrylic fur are also good. As he is, the value is slight, but a careful restoration could bring her increased recognition. You could visit the internet for referrals, but Cindy McGuire in OH, may be able to help. With proper stuffing she could again sit proudly. Later Gunds (1970s-+) are made overseas while those manufactured in the US were earlier. Value for your pink chintz teddy as is, $15.00, restored it could be $45.00.

Hi Brenda,
I got these two bears from a large outdoor flea market. The smaller one is missing his left arm. As you can see they’re not in the greatest shape and at some point someone tried to repair the hands and feet with some kind of yarn. They both have some kind of growler, squeaker, idk when you sit them up. Im curious they are both big teddy bears, just one is smaller maybe 14 inches and the other 16-18 idk, I need to measure.

Hi Mike,
Both your teddies seem to be Hermann Pluschtiere from the late 1960s. They are mohair, glass eyes and have inset mohair snouts with horizontal cord noses. The three claws happens to be a trademark of all Herman teddies. They are five way jointed, aside from the poor fellow with the missing arm. The felt pads must be damaged and they wear sock coverings. That one picture with brothers standing against the bricks, is adorable. The larger one kinda making up for the lost limb. As they stand, value could be increased with big brother getting another eye. Mohair is good, with slight wear. The Herman Dynasty was a large one, each child emulating the parents dedication to the teddy industry. Max was the youngest son, and passed his business to his son, Rolf-Gerhard. Value for the large teddy is $150.00, while smaller on is $35.00. I wish you a “good mend” for your buddies!

Hi Brenda,
I purchased this bear at an estate sale in Florida and am having the hardest time finding any information about him!

He is 12 inches tall and made of Mohair fur. Fully jointed. Long arms
Shoe-button eyes. Sewn nose - vertical stitches. Embroidered mouth. 3 Claws per paw. Wool felt paw-pads. Silver button in right ear - not left - w/no imprint. And that tag is ON the bear.
Thank you so much for your help!
I'm excited to see what you dig up!

Hi Debbie,
Your estate sale purchase is a mint example of an artist mohair teddy, made within the last three decades. We can tell from his condition; full fur, along with claw cords and meticulously sewn nose. There is also the excellent condition of his pads, and the ever so slight indentation from the attached claws that reveal he is soft softed with polyester filling. Older bears had excelsior stuffing, sometimes referred to as wood wool. The 12” size is just a tad over the 10”doll sized teddy. They were meant to accompany dolls. The silver button in his right ear was added as maybe an identifying mark. Usually, a tag was attached to each artist piece, as a requirement from the states, and they had to be registered. Your maker was probably an artist at heart, and had no intention for selling him. He is articulated in five ways. Following the trait of Ideal, the vertical nose was used on this smaller bear. Value for your teddy would be $75.00. Economic times at present, have lowered values on many collectible.

I recently acquired this little guy from Facebook Marketplace. The gal I bought it from told me that her brother always dealt in antiques and had many Steiff bears. When he passed 8 years ago, her mom acquired all of his “stuff”. Then when she passed, she took possession. She says she does not know much about them except that he mostly dealt with Steiff. This guy is roughly 14 inches long and is in pretty good shape. He is missing fur appropriately for his age and has no tears or
major repairs that I can identify. There are no tags for ID. He does have the crunching sound when squeezed, and you can feel the discs for joints. Felt pads are in tact and stitching is good!
Thank you!

Hi Joanne,
Your internet purchase is an older American bear, referred to as from the maker of Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. of NY. Morris and Rose Michtom, started making teddies around 1907. Before this time, speculation is they handmade some teddies and put them in their stationery shop to sell. ideal is credited with being an early American maker. Traits of the first bears were show button eyes, placed inside the head seam for Ideal, and ears sewn more on the side of the head- similar to your example. Longer limbs and upturned paw pads were early as well. Excelsior (wood wool) was the stuffing, and felt pads for Ideal were not the same quality as Steiff….they used a thinner wool felt. The usual closing seam on most Ideals is in the back, not the front. But your example may be the exception. I would date him to 1912, with the three claws. Early examples had five first, then four stitches. He is fairly good shape, and any provenance would add to the story. The brown cord nose and claws may be original, or possibly redone. Usually the cord is black. Very early bears had 5 claws, then 4. Ideal always had a horizontally stitched nose regardless of size. He has a slight hump back. At 14” his value would be $450.00.

Hi Brenda!
This is a Petz bear that I recently acquired from the original owner. It was given to him by his German godmother prior to leaving Hungary in 1955 as a war refugee and migrating to the U.S. It is in excellent condition, I really can't find any wear, there are some slight discolorations to the pads and the floss has come loose from one claw. The red ribbon came with the bear, owner says it has always been with bear, not sure if original. I would appreciate any additional information on the bear and value, as well as how to store him in order to prevent moth/pest damage.

Hi Kathleen,
Your Petz Bear from Germany had links to Anton Kiesewetter, dating back to 1921 with teddy bear production. However, their records are rather difficult to trace,even though we know they were founded in 1859 under Alwin Kiesewetter. Settled in Neustadt near Coburg, Teddy bears and animals were made of plush and felt. Anton became the toy director at the urging of his wife, Ernestine. He lived until 1955, then his widow and two sons took over. They closed in 1967, although some have them being made until,1974. A squeeze box went in the smaller pieces- 20-30cm, while the larger ones over 35cm had growlers. A unique trait of Petz aside from the milk glass button, was their unique eye insertions firmly held with cord and anchored in place. The milk glass button was made in Oeslau, under the Reinhold Lesch glassworks. Your particular teddy dates to the 1950s, with the pointed foot pads out of felt, horizontal cord nose, upward turn of the hands, full bodied and eyes inside the head seam.
A wonderful teddy keepsake with the milk glass button, he has a value of $1,400.00 and up with the excellent condition.

I found this bear in an antique shop in MS. His sales tag says Mohair Bear but I’m not convinced it’s actually mohair. Whatever he was covered in a lot of it is missing. He’s 19” tall & 15” wide at his arms and not jointed. A sample of what he is stuffed with is in the picture with the sales tag. It seems to be wood shavings. The black stitches seem to be a repair because I see places that only has stitches that match the bear’s color.
My guess is that he was made by Gund but I’m not sure & I am anxious to know how old he is & if he has any resale value.
Thank you,

Hi Donna,
Your very well loved and worn teddy is an American bear as you thought, Gund. The four circles for the pads were a way to highlight colors and coordinate Teddy’s appeal. Started in 1898 in Norwalk CN, Adolf Gund began a wonderful tradition for his storied firm. He hired a Russian immigrant, Jacob Swedlin, in 1915, who became his right hand man. As the road advanced, this man became the new owner along with workers from his family. Adolf was very proud of his work ethic. Characteristic of this firm the overstitched seams provided ease in assembly as well as a sturdy stuffed toy. They also had muzzles in this same mode. His fur is mohair, he dates to the 1940s and at 20” is a good sized bear. Most in the 50s were not excelsior stuffed, but kapok filled. His nose is missing, which should have been simple vertical cords. Eyes were glass at this time, before child safety laws. Resale value is quite diminished with the wear, but he could be somewhat restored with a nose and eyes. If that could take place I would put a sale price of $30.00 on him.

Hi Brenda,

Bear is 14 in long and in beautiful condition. Solid and stiff, he is fully jointed in five places including 360° at the neck, holding his upright head. He's a light greige ivory, with kind of scratchy fur, but not particularly loud insides. No rips or tears to see what the stuffing is. He has amber eyes with a black pupil that I think are plastic. His rectangular nose is sewn on with thread. His face is serious and focused, but not curmudgingly so. He sits very well, and when seated, has a distinctive large hump on his back.

His snout is long and triangular but not shaved. His ears are curled at the corners of his head and his paws are made of a taupe corduroy. His front paws are normal, but his back/bottom paws are harder, almost like they have cardboard behind them or glued onto them. There is no embroidery to make claws on his toes.
Kind regards

Hi Cassandra,
Your thrifty find teddy is an artist teddy bear, handmade and sewn by a skilled seamstress. He probably dates the 1990s. He appears to be a soft plush fur and is mint. The eyes are shoe buttons, placed very close together, and the nose is very artistically stitched with cord with a lower septum to change his appearance and set him apart. The ears are slightly cupped. He appears to be a stander, with cardboard inserts into the feet. That was common to help teddies stand upright! The corduroy pads are thin wale. Five way jointed, and in excellent condition these teddies still are created today. We had a huge wave back in the 80-90s, and even books published on the Artist Teddy Bear. At 14” his value would be about $50.00 today.
Hi Brenda.
Panda Bear is 13" tall.
Button eyes, and costume is sewn on.
Thanks, in advance,
Hi Gerald,
Your panda bear is American, made by Gund, and dates to the 1940s. Gund Inc. began in 1898, with Adolph Gund, a German immigrant in Norwalk CT. He made various novelties along with stuffed toys. In early 1900s, he moved to NYC and in 1906, teddy bears were added. By 1909..Jacob Swedlin, a Russian immigrant joined the team as a janitor. He quickly became Mr. Gund’s personal assist. In 1925, Gund retired, and Mr. Swedlin took over. The really touching part was Swedlin had his three brothers eventually join him in the factory. So your Cuddle Panda was made under the Swedlin reign. He passed in 1976…his sister, Rita carried on with the addition of Canterbury Bears. Some were made in Korea by then. The black and white panda bears by Gund were numerous. Yours is unjointed, plush material, had wired googly eyes, a sewn in muzzle and hand stitched vertical nose with mouth extension. The costume was added. Value for your American teddy would be $85.00.
Hello Brenda,
I’ve been searching quite awhile for someone to give me an appraisal on this bear. I’m from a small rural community in Western New York & no one seems to have any knowledge about teddy bears. Then. I found you after searching in Google.
I found a similar one in line from 1983? But I am no expert. The teddy bear is 12”. Fur is in really great condition. No bare spots.
My great grandparents were from Germany & I’m hoping it’s a real Steiff tag in ear.

The texture of the “fur” is not fuzzy soft. The arms and legs move as does the head turns completely around. Body is hard as the whole teddy bear is too. Eyes don’t seem to be plastic.
Thank you,

Hi Janene,
Your wonderful mohair Steiff teddy is from the 1970s and is called The Original Teddy Bear, with the heart shaped face.
The synthetic velvet pads are a key to the dating..ones made before this time had wool felt pads. He is in excellent condition, and we consider him vintage now..over 50yrs. old. The eyes do look to be brown painted glass. He is five way jointed and is stuffed with excelsior. Nice your great grandparents have Germany as their country of origin.. just like Steiff! Some bears made noise by a squeaker or growler. He had a yellow tag in his left ear, under that button when he was made. Also a cardboard chest tag sewn with the period design-Steiff! He is in very good condition.. mohair is thick and full. At 13”, the value of this vintage bear is around $150.

Hi Brenda,
The bear is 14" tall and I would say condition is very good. Fully stuffed. Crunches with squeezing. Missing felt on two paws. Right ear has a little hole in it where a tag might have been. Body is excellent because it has had clothes on. It is a recently acquired bear from a rummage sale but I sent pics of the little folded note I found it it’s pocket. Tells a little history. From 1908.


Hi Joanne,
This sweet mohair teddy has the attributes of the American Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. The horizontal cord nose, outlining stitch going into the septum and drops into the mouth. He has various wear spots, and typical of Ideal, their wool felt was just not as strong as the German bears. He appears to have a large patch of mohair on the chest that was inserted as well. One eye is inside the head seam, the other just bordering (could be replaced). They should be shoe buttons for these early bears. His long arm pads are also typical for Ideal. The cord in the left ear is original. That is a sweet note from the owner…if you had a name that would add to provenance. I always remind lookers, at a sale, inquire for a least a first name of the owner. The linen pajama with back closure is appropriate as well as the pearl buttons. He should date to the early years, 1907-08. Value for your 14” heirloom find is $350.00.
Hi Brenda!
He is excelsior stuffed, completely jointed and fashioned from plush. He has an unusual fabric addition between his legs and this material does match his paws. His head is a little loose and you have to position him but once that is done he will cooperate. There is some loss here and there but nothing substantial. A small hole can be found on his tummy and there is a dark area around his left eye as shown. He has a slight humpback feature on the back of his neck as referenced in the right side view.
Overall condition is very good, measuring in at 18 ¾” tall.
Thank you Brenda for taking the time to validate.
Hi Michelle,
Interesting large teddy, who has many traits of the German industry. I think he was made by August Schelhorn, a toy expert from Neustadt near Coburg. Although it started in 1855, it was Gustav Handel and Hermann Grempel who issued the catalog in 1901. Harry Gremple (Hermann’s son) introduced teddy bears in 1934. Although the war stopped production, a rebuilding began and they lasted until 1988. Your teddy dates to the 1950s, made with a plush fur. The eyes are glass and set wide apart. Original pads were probably felt. The slight hump back resembles the shoulder blades of a real bear. Ears are large and set wide apart, somewhat flat. His nose is horizontal with a black cord drop for the mouth extension. That inset material on the leg was a well done repair. There are no claws. The excelsior stuffing keeps him firm. At 19” his value would be $200.00.
I have a bear of which I am uncertain of the origins. i bought him at Shinko’s Antique shop in Avon, Ohio but he almost looks German to me. i’ve spent every day since i got him trying to identify him but none of my books have a bear like him. He is 16 1/2” tall, his eyes and pads have been replaced with a soft cotton material, he is definitely made of mohair. he has a hole in his right ear so i originally though he may be Gebrüder Bing of Nuremberg but his stuffing seam is on the back, whereas the stuffing seams of bears of most larger manufacturers. He has 3 long claws on each paw, so i believe he could be from Columbia bear manufacturers, though i’m no expert. His body is almost football shaped, his head is shaped like an older bear, with the long pointed muzzle and its slimness. thank you in advance for helping.

Hi Shane,
Shinko’s is a great destination in Avon and the owners are equally wonderful! Ken gave his very first teddy bear talk at the invitation of Lois several decades ago! They really bring the town to life! Your teddy seems to English to me…an early Chad Valley. The full torso, long arms, cupped ears, traces of the vertically stitched full nose with a large mouth extension, all speak to the early years. In fact, the hole you refer to in the right ear, could have been from an early celluloid button that was removed. English makers often used a contrasting fabric of velvet for pads, and cardboard under the feet layer. He dates to the 1930s and the claws usually numbered four. His closing hand seam is in the back. The founding brothers- Joseph and Alfred Johnson formed what became later known as Chad Valley. His eyes were amber glass. The mohair is still very good, although sparse. Granted a Royal Warrant for Her Majesty the Queen in 1938, they flourished after WWII. By the 1970s business took a dip, and the English Woolworths began using the Chad name. Your well loved teddy would carry a value of $350.00.


Hi Brenda,
Poor old Teddy was just cast aside, and he looked sad like he wanted to come home with me. I only paid $6 for him. He seems quite old and has mohair fur. He is 26" tall. Paws are leather, the front paws have stitched claws. Fully jointed. His eyes may be made of celluloid and Bakelite. Body feels like it is stuffed with sawdust while head is more solid. There is something like a disk in his tummy. There are no other markings, tags or buttons on him.

Hi Valerie,
Your large sized teddy is American from the iconic Knickerbocker Toy Co. His fur is mohair and possibly the eyes are original. These would be unusual for this firm, but one is shown in Sue Pearson and Dottie Ayers Teddy Bears- 1995. Usually the early bears had glass eyes, on a wire, that were not child safe-and could be pulled out. One reason why many of the earlier teddies are lacking original eyes. Your narrow vertical nose is also a trait of the bears made in the 1930s of Knickerbocker. The replaced leather pads were covers for possibly worn felt ones. Knickerbocker was the firm Shirley Temple had for her movie, Now and Forever, with Grumpy the teddy bear. It also was brown mohair, however, regular glass amber eyes. Perhaps the neck was sewn into place because of the heaviness of the excelsior stuffing. The hand closed seam is in the back, limbs should be kapok. The round device in the tummy is probably the growler. Usually, nonworking by now. After starting as an alphabet block company, this NY Co. produced bears from the 1920s. ID cloth tags were sewn into the front or side seam. They continued until the 1980s. They also made Smokey Bear!
Your prize find is worth $250.00


Greetings Brenda,

Bear was purchased at an estate sale. He is 25-26” tall.
Belly has crunchy material underneath fur, arms and legs seem to have some sort of stuffing material underneath. Arms, legs, and head are all movable. Joints feel hard. There are e threaded claw lines on each of the front paws, but none on the feet.


Hi Rick, 
What a sweet teddy, who has extra long extremities, a squared muzzle and is very well sewn in a mohair fur with wool felt pads. He could date to the early artist’s bears and seems to resemble those made by Cindy Martin in the late 1980s. She had the extra long arms and legs, but also had bendable attributes. He is definitely an artist creation, and considered a large bear. His character also seems puppy like with the squared presentation in the muzzle. The eyes are glass shoe buttons. Usually,  states required a sewn label for ID, and advised as a collectors item for adults. His fabric is well kept, slight wear only, and the pads are perfect. To make such a large bear required skill and perseverance.
The bear is five way jointed and stuffed with excelsior. The hand stitched nose is typical cord, with claws to match on the hands. At 26”, your mohair teddy bear would have a value of $175.00.  

Hi Brenda,

this guy is exactly 22" tall.
I don’t know anything about his history. I obtained him at an estate sale. I thought he looked interesting and so
I brought him home. He does have a growler in his back - all of his joints move freely - one leg might be a little loose. He apparently has the wood shavings for his stuffing. I don’t know what else to tell you about him that the pictures don’t show.

Thanks again,


Hi Jerry,
Your large teddy is quite a sweet one, although he is missing his glass eyes! He is English, from the Chad Valley acquisition of Peacock & Co. It was originally established in London during the Victorian era, they created wooden toys and games. William Peacock established a partnership with Albert Frank for toys until Albert was called for military service during WWI. William continued with production of Peacock & Co, until after the war. It was at this time that Chad Valley took over. These teddies have several characteristics that distinguish them from other UK products. Almost all their noses were horizontal, even for the larger bears.. and Chad Valley kept with this trait. The take over happened in 1931, and remained to mimic the Magna Series with the three long claws. They all had shaven muzzles, and cupped ears, with a slight upward turn in the end paws. While some had felt pads, others had woven cloth pads. His amber glass eyes would have been on wire inserts. The original ID footpad was also cloth related with red printed info. The stuffing is excelsior. As far as we know, production ceased by 1940. Your teddy dates to the 1930s, and would have a value of $350.00 for the 22” mohair teddy.
Brenda, you have so graciously helped me with two appraisals over time and I wanted to ask for your help once again. I have in my possession an interesting little guy measuring in at about 9 inches long a recent find. As I was trying to take some pictures for you, I think the legs wanted to move. The bear has been well loved and I am missing the original key. The bear needs a bit of cleaning but that`s alright with me as a bear lover. I am seeing there is a black France stamp on the under belly. I will be so thankful for any information you may share and do appreciate your time be blessed,

Hi Donald,
Your French mechanical bear with rabbit fur points to Roullette Decamp. The visible “France” marking reveals it was made around 1890, if it was imported into the US. That would coincide with the Mc Kinley Tariff Act, which had to include the words Made In ( country of origin) from 1890-1920. The unique aspect of French toys, most were made for the French market, while German toys were very much imported. The tin French teddies with fur and wooden hands and feet were Fernand Martin. Both were mechanicals. The applied nose and glass eyes give him a puppy dog look- kind and gentle. The bell may be original, with a replaced ribbon. As with any toy, nonworking puts them at a decreased value. But as my late husband used to say…a toy is made for play.. and yes we have a few that no longer work! You could go to a clock shop for a key or try an antique/flea market. We purchased a key from a clock repair shop, has various inserts for different sizes. The interior is paper mâché based. At 10” your specimen French, once walking bear, on all fours would be valued at $150.00. If he worked- double that!

Hello Brenda,

This bear came from my mom who got her from a friend. What we know is this bear is an “Ideal Teddy” circa 1910. It is 24 inches. It has some bald spots and one of his arms has a tear (see pic) where wood looking things are coming out. My mom has passed but called him Mr Green. Her friends last name was Green.


Hi Cathy,
Your Mr. Green has had quite a journey, and considering his age…he has done very well. It was very nice of your Mom’s friend to gift her teddy! It doesn’t have the horizontal stitched nose that most Ideal teddies have, this may have been redone. The eyes also were usually inside the head seam as well. Yours may have been replaced in this fashion. He has some Early American traits with the low shoulders and more visible hump in the front than back, but think he had some mending in this area as well. The footpads are replacements, common to contain the excelsior. However, original ones were wool felt not acrylic. I think he dates to the next decade from 1910- 1920. They were hand closed in the back seam, which is not shown. The mohair has glisten, so he was stored properly, but the tear area suggest a bit of fragility from being antique. Joining the fabric may be hard to reinforce if their is a fabric decline. At 24” he is considered a large example. We shall conclude that he is an “Ideal type” with alterations.
With the two pictures this added value for provenance.
I would estimate him at $450.00.
I recently purchased this big guy at an outdoor market and would like to know who he was manufactured by, his approximate age and current value. He is 24” tall, made from a thick beige mohair with a shaved nose and large cupped ears. Overall, his fur is in great condition however there is some wear to the back of his legs, maybe from too much sitting? He has a large, broad head and big, widely spaced, amber and black glass eyes. He is fully stuffed with excelsior and has an impressive hump on his back. His paw pads are felt and he has 5 claw stitches on each. This fellow has a working growler.

Hi Peggy,
Your large sized teddy with the wear to the back of his legs is German, most similar to the original Edmund Mechtold in Neustadt near Coburg. They formed in 1909, but in 1948, the son in law took over, renaming it AHU, after his name Albert Hutschau. He formed this new trademark in 1950. After his death in 1960, his widow and sister carried on the business. They closed in 1963. Known for all sizes of teddy bears, the inset muzzle and long arms of the large teddies were a hit at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1950. Your teddy dates to this time. The eyes are glass, hand stitched vertical nose and mouth extension. The pads are wool felt. What happened to the legs, is he was placed on a quilt or wool surface, where the moths had a feeding time! You could sit him on some cedar chips to make sure this damage was done sometime ago. At 24” he is large, and excelsior stuffed. Value for teddy with the sparse mohair on the back legs would be valued at $150.00.

Hi Brenda, thrilled to find you!

This bear was my Dad’s, and he was born in 1920 in Elyria Ohio, though the family was from Germany a generation or so before. He is definitely crunchy inside.
My dad's bear is 16" tall.
Any thoughts are welcome

Lisa in Minnesota

Hi Lisa,
Your 16” teddy is American Ideal bear made in NY, and it is often called a “stick bear” with the long skinny legs, and the shorter arms. It was made after the WWI, around 1919. Conserving on materials, the stick bear offered the real Mc Coy for the teddy bear craze. He is mohair, and filled with excelsior. He is five way jointed and may need his head turned and appendages turned. As he appears now, the finishing seam is in the front. Most American bears had this seam in the back. German bears were more likely to have the finishing seam in the a simple few turns, and he will be a happy bear. Ideal was a large manufacturer that made bears for many decades. Rose and Morris Michtom were the brains behind Ideal. Their NY factory address was initially found in the 1907 census. The eyes were most likely glass on a wire shank. Not exactly child proof, but somehow they survived. The shoe button eyes were the early models. The large ears are toward the center of the head. If you have pictures of your Dad with teddy that would help value and be known as provenance. As he appears, the felt hand coverings are sewn over to keep the stuffing in place, and the darning for the feet is meticulously sewn. His nose would have a cotton twill covering while the mouth extension was cord. All in all at antique status, his valve would be $125.00.
Love he was born in Elyria, OH too!

Hi Brenda,
I recently bought him off eBay. He is 12” tall and made from beige mohair. Paw pads are missing but he has remnants on his upper limbs. It feels almost like paper.
Dark brown claws on all four paws. He appears to have brown kapok stuffing sticking out of his paws, and wood-wool in this stomach.
This bear has a very unique head seam. There is a horizontal seam that starts from each side of his nose, diverts at his eyes, runs under his ears and around the back of his head. Boot button eyes. Nose is a stitched on fabric-type.
I thought he may be a Silberstein, but as his nose is not velvet, and claws are brown not red, although he does have some very similar features.

Hi Erica,
Yes, your initial feelings about Silberstein are correct, with that unusual head seam and the appointments we see! Heinrich Silberstein was located in Berlin, and in 1906, he advertised animal bears with velvet paws and movable parts. There became a legal dispute with Steiff, who took them to court. Matters resolved since many other companies also advertised these movable parts, and the teddy bear multiplied! Your example is very early, 1906, making him antique. The velvet has worn off its nap…meaning the backing is what you see. The cord claws and mouth were very thick, and all still very evident. They had velvet feet, yours merely resembling the cloth backing. The stuffing was probably a combination and called “sub”, a term used in the factories. My late husband gets the credit for positively identifying this bear from Germany, after reading texts and then seeing one in person. Before that time they were unidentified or perhaps American. Their faces are the true ID, with that seam you mention that encases the sweep of the contours around the ears and forming his traits. He can be restored with stuffing, very carefully as his mohair is sturdy and intact. Value for your iconic German Silverstein 12” teddy with wear would be $400.00.

Hi Brenda,
I found this cute guy at the thrift store. There were no any labels. It looks vintage and custom made for me. I am curious about his possible history and value. This bear is 21" tall and has jointed limbs (feels like discs inside). I'd say his eyes are made from glass but not sure. Nose looks like worn leather. His paws are silk or satin with embroidered details (flowers) and "CAA" on one paw. He is stuffed with something soft enough (definitely not wood or firm particles).
But overall the bear is pretty heavy and firm. He is in a very good condition: no visible damages or worn spots except nose. All limbs are movable and the toy can easily sit on his own with raised arms.

Hi Vera,
Your newly acquired teddy is mint, and at 21”, considered a large sized teddy. He appears to be an artist bear, with the additional creative touches of silk inspired pads. The fur is most likely a wool or wool blend possibly taken from a coat. He is attentive with the big cupped ears to hear, and has a leather like nose with the mouth stitching matching the eyes (iris). He is five way jointed. The stuffing may be polyester fill, perfect for new creations. The paw pads are made from a silk Victorian crazy quilt. The cut out initials are nicely preserved to add their identity. All four pads have this silk presentation. The eyes are plastic, and the iris matches the mouth extension. He is five way jointed, or an articulated teddy. Artist bears made a debut in the marketplace with Beverly Port designing and promoting this special craft. Prices have come down like most items today, but he is original and would carry a value of $75.00.

Hi Brenda,

The bear is 14 inches tall, 5-way jointed.
He belonged to my Mother in Law, maybe from the 30's or 40's?
Thank you for your help!


Hi Sandy,
Your 14” mohair teddy is American, made by Character Novelty Co. They were formed in 1932, under two New Yorkers, in Norwalk CT. Caesar Mangiapani was the designer and Jack Levy was the salesman. They eventually had a showroom in NY after 1945. This company became famous, with the Elvis song, (Let me be your) Teddy Bear in 1957. Pictured on the jacket of the record is a Character teddy bear! Your example is older, 1940s, with the air brushed claws, shoe button eyes with white circle felt backings, vertically stitched cord nose, red felt tongue and original silk bow. His felt pads are mint as well. If you have pictures of your Mother-in-law with the teddy that would add to provenance. It still can be provenance with a written letter to include her info. Value for the original mint teddy would be $275.00.

Dear Brenda,
I purchased this 24” teddy in a collection of teddy bears. He appears to have been restored but his mohair is all original and fully covers him. He is completely excelsior stuffed with hand stitched seams. Who made this beauty, when and what else can you tell me about him? Looking forward to hearing his story and appraisal value!

Thank you,

Hi Karen,
Another large one…and this is American with the fabric nose that may have been re-stiitched. His ears are also cupped and sewn toward more of the front, almost monkey style. That is the Ideal look, dating him to 1914. The American Stars and Stripes nutcracker displayed by him and his patriotic necktie, and the eagle landing on the flag, make for a great outing. His mohair is very gold, with the arms placed close to the body. His pads are re-stitched as well. Ideal Novelty and Toy was early, started by Morris and Rose Michtom. We saw the census report in 1907, that lists their business in NY. Nothing before that time was recorded. Usually the eyes were inside the head seam in the earlier bears. Stuffed with excelsior, he was cared for over the years. Most had claws, but wear also could have been a factor. He does have a cord extension for the septum and mouth. Considering his updates, a value of $800.00. would be appropriate.

Dear Brenda,
Here is a gorgeous teddy in wonderful condition.
He is 22” tall, has gold mohair and is excelsior stuffed. He did have his upper left paw pad replaced very nicely at some point and
I believe his eyes are glass amber replacements.
He has a beautiful muzzle!

Wondering when he was made and by whom.

Thank you so much.
Hi Karen,
This 22” teddy is American and dates to 1917, with a shorter mohair, shorter arms and legs but still a round tummy. His final hand closure is also in the back. The nose is just a few threads with the mouth extension, and the glass eyes are stuck right outside the head seam. It has Ideal Novelty and Toy traits like characteristics…with the large head and ears, slight shoulders, and it seems original pads. I love your accessories with each teddy…this one with his squirrel copper mold, an Atlas canning container and the lovely red daises. He has no claws. These eyes are amber red. He most reminds me of TR…the round tummy! He is an antique, 100 years or older. I think the size helped him to survive…to large for play, but a great spectator. His mohair is a bit sparse by his left arm, still in very good shape. Value on this teddy would be $650.00.

Hi Brenda,
The bear is 19" standing
Golden color Mohair.
The eyes are black- Not glass maybe plastic or other material. Has a working growler. Makes some cute noises when you move him.
I bought this bear from an estate sale.

The person had a whole bunch of wonderful dolls and stuffed animals.
She originally had this guy dressed up and infant cloths. Called the Cutest One.

Was a blue velvet infant dress with what looked to be hand knitted booties and the blue velvet shorts to match.
Also had a silver bracelet on its wrist. So i have had some group take a look at this bear and there are 2 different opinions.
1. that he is a British bear. One says because of how short the arms and legs are.
2. is that he is an Schuco bear.
Now i have no idea were to start when it comes to identify a British maker. The info i gathered on it came close to what this bear looks like except one factor. The site i was getting info on the brand said it would have a downward paws almost as it was begging.
Thank you.
Hi Jon,
You sure did a great job with all the photos! After much research, book upon book, I have come to the land of Auckland, New Zealand. I will enclose a photo from a 1990 book by Jacki Brooks, The Complete Encyclopedia of Teddy Bears. The company is Harrison’s Textiles, formed in 1977 by Cline and Precille Harrison. It later became Harrison’s Gifts.
A Trademark was printed on a cloth tag with a red heart superimposed with Harrisons in black script. There is a doll hugging a teddy bear inside the heart. They made toys from 12”-32”. In 1992, they established the “Bear with us” phrase. Your sweet teddy is 19”, and considered a large size. He is mohair, has a very high forehead and plastic black eyes. They were quality jointed and unjointed makers. He has no claws, and acrylic felt pads. The idea the original owner owner had great dolls, is no surprise with this firm. It fits right into this narrative. Later examples were made in Taiwan, but one other resource said Korea supplied the extras. I think he dates to the early 1980s, and is possibly stuffed with excelsior. His large head is about the size of his tummy, giving him the baby bear look. The inset muzzle is a white fur with the vertically stitched black cord nose and extended mouth. His finishing seam is in the back, hand sewn. The ears are placed high on his head, and cupped. The little arms speak to the baby era. The long mohair is very complete, and adds to his appraisal. At $225.00, your New Zealand teddy is quite a prize!
Enjoy- Brenda
This teddy bear has been in my family forever. I know he was purchased by my grandfather for either my father or oldest sister. I am not sure of its maker or of its age. My grandfather was a German immigrant who regularly traveled to Europe throughout his life, bringing home gifts from abroad. He is in very good condition & has no tag or button attached. This teddy is 8” tall. His fur is stiff & he crinkles when squeezed. He’s in very good condition as my Mother kept him safe in a guest room for many years.
Also, my grandfather immigrated to the US in 1923 & spent much of his life working as a mariner. He was chief Stewart on the SS United States ocean liner from 1952 through 1969. Prior to that he was assistant chief Stewart on the SS America. Thanks for any help possible.
John Kunze

Hi John,
Your sweet vintage teddy is even more interesting with your added history! The small mohair bear is a Steiff, dating to the late 1950s. With your added notes on your Grandfather, it makes teddy’s story very interesting. I think he was purchased in Germany, as part of the 100th Anniversary of US Pres. Theodore Roosevelt’s October birthday in 1958, calling it the Nimrod bear. They even had a special Festival in Germany for this occasion, and it was covered on our TV News, CBS broadcasting. At this time, they could have had overruns at the factory, selling such bears without costume, buttons, or tags. The buttons were merely clipped into place during the early years, and could easily be removed. The later birthday celebration for the 125th year was made exclusively for the US market, in 1983. This set of three campfire teddies are 9” teddies,with colors of gold, white, or brown, all costumed within a cardboard box. Since your Grandfather was a Chief Stewart on SS America, I think he would have chosen such a bear with TR in mind of his USS Theodore Roosevelt NATO Warship! Value for your teddy with provenance would be $300.00.


Greetings Brenda
This item on purchase, was stated to be German & over hundred years old from a op-shop Despite it much loved appearances this 27" tall bear remains very adorable. Her face is a classical friendly, her eyes appear to be glass, brown with black pupils. She has the remnants of the 5 claws and the possible remnants of the thread which held the Steiff tag in the ear. It has the seam down the middle and is stuffed with a straw like substance.

Her joints are definitely vintage the head rotates on a cardboard fashioned support. Her limbs only move in a up and down manner with some slight circular rotation. She has had a repair, I believe to he nose. Re stitched. He paws appear original. She is missing covering cloth from her paws and feet. She goes appear to make a noise when moved.
If you could help me with a appraisal and identification it would be great.

Thank you,
Deidre in Australia

Hi Deidre,
Your old teddy, even with the wear, has a definite presence. She most resembles a French maker, called F.A.D.A.P. The large feet, hand closed body seam in the back torso, large cupped ears, and the upturned nose. He dates to the 1920s, the very early years for the teddy bear industry. France was early on their fur covered animals, both mechanical and still, but came into the bear industry with less demand for quality. The nap on the left leg trends upward while the right leg has the normal downward flow of the mohair. A small sample of quality control. The fur is quite worn as well, not a fault of manufacturing, but simply well worn. The nose cord color would be correct if the bear was originally white, however, I see a golden hue. Golden bears had black noses and cords. The five claws would be very early….1905, and France did not have teddies at that time. The artistry to recreate teddy left their mark. The additional black eyes are replacements as well. She is a large bear, with excelsior and kapok stuffing. The pads are open, and could be gently closed, filled in with like fabric. At 24”, a very large bear. This company was at Divonne-les-Bains, a town near the Swiss border. They ceased business in the 1970s. Value for your reworked French teddy with wear would be $ 175.00.


Hi Brenda,

The bear came from my mother. I don’t know where she got it. He is about 4 3/4” tall and about 5 1/2” long. Looks like glass eyes and of course the green collar. On the tag is written 195.


Hi Carol,
Your sweet little bear is a Steiff, from the 1950s. It is called the Original teddy, but can also be called a standing bear on all fours, the young bear. His collar is perfect, leather and has the bell attached. At this time the buttons in the left ear were mainly clamped into place, and could be gently removed. Later models had a machine type mechanism that was not easily removed, and could cause damage to the mohair. His color is caramel, they also did a white bear. The head should be jointed and is easy to move from side to side on the round disc. He is in excellent condition, and may be waiting for a sleigh of toys! I have a similar sized teddy that I put small wooden skies on his foot area and gently kept them in place. Value for your vintage small bear would be $100.00.

Hi Brenda,
Here is another one I would love to get more information on. I just purchased him as a birthday gift for myself :) The ad stated that the original owner was a collector of German bears, so the seller thought this may be the case with this one as well. The bear is ~16", fully jointed, with long light colored mohair and what looks like a shaved muzzle. I believe the filling in his head is excelsior, but the body is very soft and he does look to have a bit of a hump. There is a growler or other box inside his torso but it isn't operational. He has wool felt pads on his paws, and his feet have more of a pointed/ almond shape at the toe. No claws that I can see. His eyes are glass and his nose is stitched vertically.
Thank you for everything! Carly

Hi Carly,
What a sweet teddy, who is also in excellent condition! I do think he is German, with a few traits from Cuna & Ootto Dressel,from Sonneburg, exporter of toys. They were a family company, with traits similar to Steiff. The shaven muzzle, red glass eyes outside the head seam, and the vertical sewn nose cord and the long extension for his mouth resemble these teddies. A few examples had the pointed footpads, with the wool felt covering. He is hand closed in the front, with large cupped ears and no claws. I would date him to the 1940s with the shorter arms. At 16” in such fine condition, his value would be $350.00. Very wonderful gift for yourself…mint and classic!

Hi Brenda,
The bears is 12 inches long laying down. He has on the remnants of an “Elvis” T-shirt says Let…your Teddy Bear. His nose and mouth are glued on so I don’t think he’s terribly old nor an expensive bear. His stuffing is starting to disintegrate and migrate outside the fur. He does not have a label anywhere on him or the shirt saying where he is made. My brother got him from a collector in Brownwood, TX. I paid $15 for him not because I love Elvis and teddy bears, but the bear has the sweetest face.
Hi Rita,
Your vintage teddy with the Elvis shirt on seems to belong to the American Character Novelty Co. originally of Norwalk, CT. It was formed by two New Yorkers- Jack Levey and Caesar Mangiapani in 1932. After WWII, their business really boomed with the teddy bear. They had a NY Showroom and sent many teddies to all the large department stores. Elvis made his 45 record of (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, and the flip side Loving You in 1957. He is pictured with a Character teddy bear on the cover! Usually they had a white felt circle behind the eyes, with the red felt tongue and came in jointed and unjointed. Yours is iconic this year with the passing of Lisa Marie, his only immediate heir. Elvis is and was an amazing talent. Now, back to teddy. Yours seems to be from the 1960-70 era, with unjointed limbs, an acrylic plush fur with the felt tongue and nose original and intact. He has a plastic starry eye ( child safety laws in effect). He looks so huggable and the classic vintage shirt has Elvis’s image with the teddy bear notation. The shirt could sell for $15.00 alone. He is a “Star” in his own right,
I would say as a package his value would be $75.00 and up. Start his new provenance by writing your name, how and when you adopted him, on a note card and keep in a safe place! Hugs to you!
Hi Brenda,
I am hoping you can tell me about this bear I purchased a few years ago. I don't have any information about his past, unfortunately. He is fully jointed with long, almost platinum blonde, mohair and stuffed with excelsior. He has glass eyes, large cupped ears, and 4 claws on each paw. His nose is stitched with what feels like horsehair or other very fine material. He appears to be hand sewn up the back. He's about 21.5" long.
Thank you so much,

Hi Carly,
Your great antique teddy seams to most fit with the German manufacturer Herman Eckstein, who had a factory in Neustadt near Coburg. He dates to the 1920s, with the long arms and slight upturn at the paws. The eyes are red glass, with right eye sewn on the seam, while the left one is just outside the seam. He has large cupped ears, and a horizontally sewn cord nose with mouth extension. The shoulders and hump are rather nonexistent. He is closed with the hand stitching on the back. The 4 claws on each extremity match the nose. The felt pads have some wear with excelsior showing. I would consider him a large 24” teddy. The mohair has a few areas of wear, but the head is the most important aspect. I would value him at $400.00.





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