The Original Online Teddy Bear Magazine
Teddy Bear & Vintage Toy Appraisals
November 2019

Introduction . . .

 

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

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

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

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


Beary best,
Brenda Yenke
 

 

How much is your beloved bear worth?


Cursor down to discover the appraisal procedure.

Hi Brenda,

I purchased this bear at a local rummage sale, he is from the early 1930's. 18" in length and is jointed. It appears old but I have no idea what its age may be.
It’s been though a lot and its right arm is partially detached. It has what looks like sewn on button eyes. Nose appears horizontally sewn. There is no tag. It has a beautiful rich color but needs cleaning. Possibly mohair? Hoping you’ll be able to identify what type of bear this is.
Thanks, Richard

Hi Richard,
Your teddy has many traits of the Character Novelty Co., an American factory. On the face, we see a slight red remnant of the tongue, and the flat shoe button eyes with a white outline to make the eyes visible. The material is a wool plush, reminiscent of mohair without the woven backing. He has a muzzle of a shorter fur, to further accentuate the face. Most of the Character bears had a vertical cord nose, but yours has a horizontal one. The ears are large and slightly cupped. Wool felt pads are in great shape, again the use of wool as a quality choice. Character was formed in Norwalk CT, in 1932, with two NY businessmen. Caesar Mangiapani was the designer while Jack Levy was in charge is marketing. After 1945, their company moved to NY with Jack passing away in 1960, and then it closed in 1983 with the death of Mangiapani. Of note for this popular company, Elvis Presley recorded a 45 record entitled Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear in 1957, with a photo jacket of a Character teddy bear! The flip side was equally or even more successful- Loving You! It is stuffed with kapok and perhaps some excelsior, with the five way jointing. Their trademark was a printed tag sewn onto the left ear. Value would be $75.00 as is for your 18” bear.
Brenda

Hi Brenda,

I had a 21” version of this Knickerbocker bear appraisal from Ken Yenke (God rest his beautiful soul), during his last stay at at hospital, which meant the world to me.

 

He evaluated my 21” version as a first year, first design from 1925 at $575.

 

This is a 13” version.

 

Thank you,

Karen

Hi Karen,
Thanks so much for all the additional photos of your bears, and the group picture with your original Knickerbocker. Wonderful! This white 13” mohair teddy with glass eyes is from the American company Gund. We can tell particularly by the overstitched wool felt pads, a characteristic trait of this still operational company. Formed in 1898 in Norwalk, CT, Adolf Gund, a German immigrant, moved his business to NY in the early 1900s. He made plush animals, and added teddy bears in 1906. By 1909, he hired Jacob Swedlin, a Russian immigrant at the very young age of 12. Jacob was such a hard worker that within 10 years his whole family immigrated and found work at the factory. Adolf Gund retired and Jacob Swedlin became the new owner. Very similar to Knickerbocker, Gund did mohair bears and animals, with some slight variation in style. Knickerbocker only had vertical noses..Your bear is an early one, with the simple horizontal nose, smaller ears, and glass amber eyes placed outside the head seam, long arms and slightly curved paws. There is a slight hump in the back. Dating to the late 1920s, he has some wear and thinning of the mohair. Ken has an original Gund Teddy in his first Teddy Bear Treasury, pg. 47, which I will forward to you. Value for your bear would be $175.00. Brenda

Hi Brenda,


This is a 17” bear which I believe to be an early Knickerbocker.

Problem is a 2” wound on the left hand side of his face as fabric has been disintegrated.

Original eyes, head and limbs are excelsior, torso is kapok.

All finishing stitching is hand done.

Thank you,

Karen

Hi Karen,
Your gold bear is related to the white one with the Gund Co. We can see their relative relationship as the eyes situated wide apart, and the horizontal cord nose. He has a lovely long mohair, with a slight thinning on the right side of the face. His condition is very good, with original pads, and at 17”, a medium sized teddy. He dates similar to your other Gund teddy, late 1920s. Gold was the most common shade of mohair, with black being the dearest and then white. Many of the Knickerbockers had the common brown and cinnamon, while your early one in the group photo is white! Value for this gold gem would be $350.00. Brenda

Hi again Brenda,

 

This is a 15” cinnamon tipped mohair bear with an excelsior head and limbs, kapok torso.

 

All finishing stitching is hand done AMD he does have his original eyes.

 

I believe this bear to also be an early Knickerbocker, however, I am not 100% certain.

Karen

 

Hi Karen,
This teddy is German, with the bicolor mohair, shaped muzzle, and horizontal nose. He has many traits of the
H. J. Leven factory of Sonneberg Germany. He became owner in 1912, as two companies came together ( one who made teddy bears and the other a doll factory. A new factory was created and even more teddy bears were added. Eventually, Friedrich Engel took over. Your teddy dates to the late 1920s, with this popular trend in the tipped mohair. “Happy Anniversary”, the famous Steiff teddy with this same mohair, reached records in England at $85,000. The roaring twenties also brought the vibrant pink, and blue teddies! Excelsior was used to retain the shape in the head and extremities, while the soft stuffing of kapok is used to make him huggable, His nose is horizontal, the eyes are amber/brown glass and sewn outside the head seam. While he has the over stitched pads, the hands are very curvy and long, and the ears are cupped and sewn in the middle of the head seam. His value at 15” would be $400.00. Brenda

Dear Brenda,
I bought this beautiful little bear on e bay. He is incredibly cute. I know it is an invicta bear but I would like to know how old it is. He has a little bald spot on his stomach and I see that there is a repair on the seam. He still has his original squeaker, but it no longer works. The velvet pads are still looking good only on the feet there are very small pieces of velvet missing. All joints work well. He is about 27 cm (11 inches) and has beautiful glass eyes.
I'm looking forward to your answer
Greetings Debbie

Hi Debbie,
What a sweet little ted...with so much personality! You mentioned the Invicta firm for the possible manufacture. Similar to later Farnell’s, this company actually had two former employees of Farnell at the helm of their. operation. Mr. Beer and Mr. Wright formed Invicta in 1935, in NW London. Beer was the designer while Wright was in charge of marketing. The name they chose means “unbeaten”! Most known for their large bears, and top quality mohair, you can see an easy comparison to J.K. Farnell. For me, your Ted has a slight connection to Farnell’s Toffee bear, with a high forehead, and small stature. But that bear dates to the 1960s, and yours seems to be from the late 40s. Invicta bears had a bulbous nose more so than other companies, and with this copper cording, sewn in a vertical stitch. it fits exactly. The large glass eyes had a brown painted back, visible on the right example. The ears are sewn into the head seam too, another characteristic. During WWII, the factory ceased, and was used for military purposes. The production began after the war efforts, but by 1954 they closed. The pads are velvet, a combination excelsior and kapok stuffing while the non working squeaker is common. Value for your 11” doll sized teddy would be $225.00.
Brenda

Dear Brenda,
I bought this beautiful teddy bear on a second-hand site. The lady herself did not know what she was selling but I think it's a Diem bear. I would like to know how old he is. He still has his original working growler and he is about 44 cm (17 inches) and has beautiful glass eyes and it seems his original nose and mouth stitching. He doesn't have any mohair loss and looks very good to me.
I'm looking forward to your answer
Greetings Debbie
Hi Debbie,
At 17” your German Diem bear is considered on the large size. These bears had similar traits to Schuco, in form, but none of these were mechanical aside from chimes in the tummy. Richard Diem founded the factory in 1896, in Sonneberg. One characteristic trait with their feet is they can stand; with the help of cardboard inserts. The pads are all short mohair, and 3 claws extend on each extremity. They are five way jointed, have large ears high on the head, short arms, full tummies, and glass eyes that have a gold painted back. Their noses are also predictable with two outer stitches extending downward on each side, in a vertical manner and extending into the Y formation for the smile. They all had inset muzzles, done in a short mohair, to match the footpads. At the time of manufacture, they were all given a hand tag, attached on a string and hanging from the chest area. This is commonly missing, and lead to them being attributed to Schreyer & Co. (Schuco). Your example is in good condition, dates to the 1950s, with the nose showing a bit of wear. The hand closing seam is found on the back of the body. Value would be $250.00.
Brenda

Hi, I bought this beautiful 20" tall bear at a local thrift store for a $4. It is in almost mint condition, so I’m not sure if that means it’s new, or just a well taken care of 'old bear'. It has amber colored glass eyes, with black pupils. Elongated nose. The feet have suede padding. The right hand is straight and the left hand is curved. Fully jointed. There is a leather tag with the word ‘Willie’. I’d really love to know more about it or even find out who the maker is.
Thank you so much,
Suzanne

Hi Suzanne,
Oh what a gem! No wonder you adopted him. At 20”, this long legged teddy with almost bent knees, you are correct that he has origins in the artist field, with one gifted creator! The fur appears to be an acrylic, very common in the early years of artistry. Mohair is quite pricey, and even more so for alpaca. The ultra suede paws are the best fabric used for handmade bears, with the durability of leather. His eyes are glass, sewn into place, with also a hand stitched cord brown nose and mouth extension. The leather tag reveals his name, a Willie Bear! Back in the 1980s and 90s, many artists tried their techniques and patterns to carve out their niche. Literally, hundreds of artists made teddy bears! When we first started collecting, we found a very talented seamstress who sold bears at the flea market. They were under $50.00, and it seemed each month we added to our collection. Over time, prices rose to hundreds, but the market is “Bear” again, with prices down. Most were 5 way jointed, as yours is. The dating on your teddy is a bit later, with the bent knees. Steiff had animals with this long leg in the 1950s, and called them Lulacs...they continued for a few decades. Willie can assume many poses, especially with the one curved hand! The leather tag was used by many artists, and we see it is encased in the back seam, along with the hand finished closure. The ears are positioned right next to the head seam, another quality attribute. Value would be $125.00 for your thrifty find!
Brenda

Dear Brenda,
Here is another Teddy Bear for appraisal.

He is 16" long, has a broken right leg (by feel) and a tear on the upper of the left leg where you can see a metal swivel.

I do not much information, it was my wife's back in the '40's.
Thank you.
Ron

Hi Ron,
The German connection comes into play with this teddy bear.. amazingly! At 16” with mohair and the excelsior stuffing, the bear dates to the late 1930s-40s. The eyes are brown glass, sewn outside the seams to create a high forehead and a triangular shaped nose with cord done in horizontal stitches. The ears are placed high on the head, indicating this later time frame. They are only slightly cupped, with a shaved muzzle area. The firm Teddy most resembles is the Henze & Steinhauser firm, formed in 1896 by two sisters. The woolen toy factory was located in Gehren. During the war, production ceased. They had to relocate to W. Germany. The company was restructured, with descendants at the helm. The original location of Gehren turned into a subsidiary of Steiff. With cooperation under this arrangement, the company flourished only to end in 1979. They produced many examples, mohair bears had excelsior, while the long shaggy plush bears had kapok. We can see the metal disk used for jointing, which could be mended with sewing. All original, there is no discernible hump, and the closing seam is located on the back seam. Claws were numbered at three, similar to Hermann. He is in good condition and perhaps has a growler in the tummy. Many of their models had voices, but not all. Value with a family picture would help with provenance, but as is now, the amount would be $300.00.
Brenda

Hi Brenda,
My great-grandma gave me this bear before she passed away at the age of 98 years old. (1907-2006). She lived most of her life in Madison, WI. I don’t know it’s origin on how she acquired it. The bear is 19" tall and 13" if sitting upright. It has golden mohair, glass eyes, and a stitched mouth. It’s jointed for the arms and legs. It has a humpback. Not sure about a growler internally, if so, it doesn’t work. There are no tags and it’s unmarked. 
I would love to know the precise maker, the year of production, and the estimated worth. Anything else would be great too.

Thanks,
Paul

Hi Paul,
I am sorry for your loss in your dear great-grandma. You have her cherished companion, and if any pictures can be found with her and this teddy, that would add to the provenance. The mohair is very bright, with some wear spots, and beautiful amber glass eyes with a bit of yellow tone to match the fur. It is a 20” teddy, with a long football shaped body, thin legs and long arms, that match the size of his body. The ears are sewn near the top of the head, indicating it is from the 1920s. Although it has a hand finished seam in the front, it most resembles American teddies, like Ideal. They were the prolific company that started life as Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. in NY with a factory in 1907. They advertised in Playthings Magazine that they were an exact replica of the imported bears...Steiff. The Smithsonian Museum has an original large Ideal on display. Excelsior is the stuffing, along with felt covered pads. The nose is a slight few horizontal stitches with an inverted Y mouth. Made with dense mohair, he is in excellent shape aside from some thinning mohair spots on his head, and back. He was lovingly cared for over the years. Today, the value of your large sized teddy would be $325.00. Brenda

Hi Brenda,
I recently purchased this bear at an antique show. He is approximately 13 inches tall. He has good coverage of golden mohair except for some balding on his face. He has large feet with a hole in one pad. His arms are long and curved and there is a hole in one of the pads. He has a black floss nose and mouth as well as black stitched claws. He has black shoe button eyes. Just wondering if you could tell me the maker of my bear.
Thanks. Linda
Hi Linda,
Your 13” teddy has a slight mouse appearance with the deep set eyes, placed close together. The wear you see in the center of the body, and around the top of the nose, appears to have had the mohair either shaved or cut. With wear, there are usually no remnants of the mohair plugs just the fabric backing. So, your sweet little Ted has some attributes of the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co., with the American label.
The ears are sewn toward the side of the head, as most early bears. In addition to this, the cord nose is horizontal with the outer trim completed to encase the shape. The mouth and inverted Y extension is very slight. Stuffed with excelsior, we see a perfectly formed hole in the pad, and it seems a few slits in another area. He seems to be gently stuffed. The three claws are not common for Ideal, usually they have four. However, I see the one area has very loose claws. With the long arms, he appears to date from 1910-14.
His arms reveal no shoulder area and the the closing hand seam is done in the back of the body, a common trait for the American toy. Many had squeakers in the tummy area. A tad bit larger than the doll sized teddy, the value would be $400.00. Brenda
Hi Brenda,
I was visiting the San Francisco Bay area and wandered into an antique shop. I saw what appeared to me to be a Steiff bear.
The hand written sales tag just simply read: “Old Teddy bear $20.”  It has a movable head and articulating limbs.
Button eyes, stitched nose and leather padded paws. The right hind paw has EMW hand written in ink. It feels heavier than one would expect of a modern bear. I’m not sure what it’s stuffed with but it almost feels like small beads or sawdust? I’m Hopefully you can identify it and give me an appraisal.!
Sincerely,
Karl

Hi Karl,
You found a great bargain at the antique shop! It is referred to as an artist’s teddy bear, made by a gifted sewer and creator. It is a curly mohair, which by itself sells for about $150.00 a yard. The look of the old bears is simulated with the older shoe button eyes. Most original buttons had a rounded appearance as opposed to your flat variation. The nose is hand sewn in cord in the horizontal fashion to also connect to the German models from the early 1900s era. Steiff, being the model company, completed all bears under 16” with this horizontal rule. Those at 16” and up received a vertical stitched nose. The stuffing is excelsior, just like the originals, to insure good form and a solid teddy. The EMW signature on the leather paws, may actually read—Ema, written in cursive, for the makers name. It is five way jointed, and in excellent condition. It dates from 1990-2000s, when many artists were crafting their own bears from hand designed or patterned pieces. Most artists used felt for the pads, but yours has a leather to match the brassy colored mohair. It is a quality bear, and at one time these were going for $150.00-200.00! Much like the 1907 era of the year of the teddy, this too was placed into circulation for Collectors. Artist creations found a world wide market, but many from the USA, held high marks. Some had squeakers inserted in the tummy, for voices! Value for you teddy today would be $100.00! Enjoy! Brenda

Dear Brenda;
This 14" bear was my father’s, but I don’t know if he was it’s first owner two families occupied the same house. He was born in 1920. I used to have an old photo of him as a toddler holding the bear, but this was lost in a flood. Arms, legs & head jointed with metal discs. Hand sewn front seam. Can feel hard flat circle (size of a quarter) in front of belly that pushes in. No eyes; just thread knots left. Pads appear to have been fabric, quite worn. Golden brown color. Crunchy filling, stiff
No tags or other identifying info. I am interested in knowing more about him.
Thank you, Janet

Hi Janet,

How sweet you have your Father’s bear!  The extra large ears may have been a way for carrying him over the years..at least, they are still attached.  He has German roots, with this particular trait of  the ears, with a company called Louis Phillip Luthardt, located in Newstadt, near Coburg.  Originally founded in 1909, as a stiff jointed doll factory, they expanded into bears after WWI.  They were extremely successful, and needed additional help. But, by the end of the 20s, they experienced heavy losses for exports.  The site was sold to Carl Kiesewetter in 1932 and production stopped.  The eyes would have been glass, an amber color with black pupil, and simply attached to a wire shank.  The nose consists of a few horizontal cord stitches that remain, and there was an inverted Y extension for the mouth.  The three claws, and somewhat chunky feet, along with the hand sewn front closure are also traits with this L.P. Luthardt Co.  Their trademark was a standing bear and a child on each end of a balancing plank with a capital P in the middle.  He dates to the 1920s, with felt pads that are reinforced with webbing to keep the excelsior intact.  Over time, squeakers become inoperable when air gets into the mechanism. I am sorry for the flood that took your provenance.. but you can start anew now, and establish your adoption!  Value for your 14” teddy would be $175.00.  
Brenda

Hello, I came into little Simon a year ago through an online auction and have always wondered about his origins. 17" and his mohair is in really decent condition considering his suspected age. All 4 of his original felt paw pads have been re-covered with felt.

The spring from the squeaker in his tummy has come through his front. Glass eyes, One ear appears to be a replacement as the colour seem a bit off. He is completely filled with wood wool. Fully jointed. I can't help but think American bear when I look at him, except for those paws! Any insight you have would be greatly appreciated.
With my sincere thanks,
Eileen

Hi Eileen,
Your stoic teddy bear is an American teddy, and mostly attributed to Ideal Novelty and Toy Co. of N.Y. Although there were many makers in the USA, Ideal was the prominent factory in 1907. Classic design with the simple horizontal cord nose done in a few stitches...we can see the depression for the mouth and nose extension, so he is smiling. Ideal continued with shoe button eyes for several years, and used glass eyes after WW1. Your teddy has the over stitched seams, a trend to speed up production. The added mohair ear was well done, but I can see your critique about the placement. He may have been carried by his ear, achiever the years. The extremely long paw pads in the hands, were common on these American teddies. Notice the low set arms, creating a definite shoulder area. The hump on the back is definite, with a somewhat drooping head. This has to do with the excelsior stuffing, it is heavy after all these years. The football shaped body, and ears placed to the side of the head dates him to the teen years- 1914-16. That makes him an antique! Good ole Simon, I am sure he is most pleased with your adoption. Value for him would be $375.00. Years ago, this would have been doubled. Hoping the bear market has a rebound! Simon says, “enjoy life”

Brenda

Dear Brenda,
I would like to know more about this bear I bought from a woman living in the Netherlands who found him at a flea market in Germany.
I fell in love by his cute appearance with his small red tongue and the special nose stitching. The people I have asked for information think he is a Pintel but have never seen one with a tongue. He is 60 cm or 24" tall, stuffing is excelsior. He is in very good condition. He had a pink plastic growler inside that doesn't work. Glass eyes and  3 claws on each paw. I look forward to your response.

Best regards, Debbie

Hi Debbie,
A bear this size is precious cargo..24” is considered large!
He is quite different with the red felt tongue, a vertical cord nose with drop stitches at the outer points, and large cupped ears with the inner lining matching the velveteen pads. Pintel and Fadap are the most familiar early French makers, while Jan Jac, based in Paris, was later. With the tongue as a characteristic trait of this latter company, he most probably is from this manufacturer. The hands have a slightly upward stance, similar to Jan Jac,, a nice round body with wide shoulders. He dates to the 1950s, and is in excellent condition. The short mohair has only one wear spot that
I see, on the back of his head. Three claws were the norm for most of the French makers that did have claws. He does not have a discernible hump to emulate shoulder blades. With his great presence and red bow, maybe he was a prize at a fair! The stuffing of excelsior helps him stay in shape. Glad you were able to restore his voice...at this size he needs to be heard. Value for your pristine Frenchie is $500.00. Start his new provenance with you, it’s never to late!
Enjoy, Brenda

Good Morning Brenda,
I have a 14" Steiff teddy bear that is in original condition with a good coverage of lovely soft Carmel coloured mohair. He retains his script button and a tiny piece of his yellow tag beneath it plus
remnants of a US Zone label on his right arm. There appears to be a loose box inside his torso. I read an article relating to a Steiff baby bear with a US Zone label which was found to have a concertina musical movement, which has heightened my curiosity in regards to the origins of my bear. Teddy was purchased from eBay,

Thank you,
Dawn

Hi Dawn,
Great video of your musical Steiff teddy! He dates to 1951, and has a concertina music box in the tummy. These devices were mostly Helvetic movements...made with a round box, inserted into the tummy and by gently squeezing in a continuous motion, a tune would be played. It probably needs to be repaired and the music would begin again! At the time, this teddy bear was similar to their Original Teddy designs, with an unshaven muzzle. The zone tag refers to US Zone Germany, as we occupied the land and exports had to be labeled as such..1947-53. His mohair is caramel as you state, and a portion of the yellow fabric tag appears in the ear, along with the nickel script Steiff button. Originally, on the tummy there was a red felt circle with a white script reading, “Music”. In 1993 they made a reproduction of this bear, with a production of 7,000 pieces. He is in excellent condition and I love the woolen scarf! Today, your 14” teddy would be valued at $2,500, with the working box!
Brenda

Hi Brenda

I have this Vintage brown Teddy bear purse circa 1940/50’s from the Ex Moffat Toy Museum.

The maker is unknown. 5 way jointed bear purse that is 8" tall.

Thanks, Dawn

Hi Dawn,
This cinnamon teddy bear coin purse is an artist piece. The vintage coin holder is older, while the teddy bear is a newer addition. These little purses were meant for dolls initially. We had a display in the Chelsea Toy Museum, and included
a sweet little coin tartan purse, that held very small dice!
It had been that way for many years, so it seemed natural to honor the original intent. Over the years we have seen a few accessories like these..doll collectors enjoy this fashion trend. I am not familiar with the Ex Moffat Toy Museum, NY. Do they sell pieces? The Molly Merritt Doll Museum closed several years ago, and we were fortunate to get a few simple composition dolls from an antique dealer. When Naples Teddy Bear Museum closed, the owner offered some of the items on line. Again, this is a novelty, with a jointed teddy bear. The skilled artisan used the vintage purse and attached a smalll teddy! Value for your teddy coin purse would be $125.00.
Brenda

Hi Again Brenda,

 

This Antique-Vintage pink Teddy bear scent bottle is about 8" tall.


Ex Moffat Toy Museum and the maker is unknown.

 

Sweet little 5-way pin jointed teddy bear.

 

Tank you, Dawn

Hi Dawn,
Your museum pink bottle teddy bear is an artist designed piece, and dates to the 1990s. It is mohair and was fashioned around a form to resemble the Schuco candy containers. It is mohair, and fully jointed with ears sewn more toward the side of the head. These were considered novelties, as an adjunct to the popular teddy bear. Schuco had metal bodies, and the mohair was formed and clamped around the metal tabs. They were heavy for their small size. With the cork, we can assume it was meant as a candy container, while a glass stopper was used for the perfume containers. They all had a glass receptacle inserted into the body to keep the contents safe. The talented artist had great design...much like the museum reproductions of Steiff and others. The nose is hand sewn in a horizontal cord, along with claws on the pads. The mohair is long. Condition on older novelties is usually worn, they were used! Your bear is in excellent shape. Too bad there was not a ID tag attached, with the artist’s name. The very first artist bears got their start on the west coast..in the 1970s. Today, their generational relatives are bountiful! Value would be $125.00 as an artist bear novelty.

Brenda

This bear was purchased via eBay in need of some TLC restoration. Described as an antique Teddy Bear that reminded the seller of some early Farnell Bears although stated that he couldn’t be sure. Mohair teddy bear with good coverage of mohair.
21" tall and is straw filled.
5 way jointed with non-working growler. Bear has been sympathetically restored & cleaned. Arms, pads repaired and restored and eyes replaced, I would value your thoughts and opinion on the bear's origins, age, etc

Best Wishes
Dawn

Hi Dawn,
Your teddy is indeed English, with the characteristic round tummy and large head relating to the Chiltern Toy Works. There is a Farnell connection, when Harry Stone- formerly of Farnell, collaborated with Leon Rees in the forming of this inherited company. They called it the H. G. Stone and Co. dating to the 1920s. The Chiltern title referred to their location in Chesham. Harry Stone died in 1935. Best known for their “Hugmee” series, this very kind, friendly teddy was made for many years. This is the particular Chiltern you have, with the shorter arms, stubby feet and nice full tummy. He dates to the 1940s and probably had velvet or rexine pads. The eyes were glass, as are the replacements, with a growler, and arms attached close to the shoulders. There is a slight upturn on the left paw. With no discernible hump, he is well stuffed and has cupped ears. The earliest bears had an upward side stitch on each end of the nose, and a full mouth. Your nose is the later example, all even vertical stitches. He was expertly repaired, capturing his sweet expression! Value for your large size Hugmee Chiltern would be $400.00.
Brenda

Hello Brenda,
Once again in need of your assistance, knowledge in regards to a bear I recently purchased. Although no information accompanied the bear, it is believe it to be German in origin circa 1930/40’s. 18" tall, solid bear stuffed very firmly with wood wool throughout and is in wonderful condition. He is all original made with a lovely short pile mohair, has glass eyes and black stitched nose and mouth. He also has a very upturned nose which is. adorable. His torso is firmly stuffed and has broad shoulders making him very sturdy. He also has a slight rattling in his tummy from a non working growler. In my opinion he has a wonderful side profile oozes character .
Dawn
Hi Dawn,
Nice stature for this unique teddy! The upturned nose is so common for a French company, FADAP. Formed in 1925, in Divonne-les-Bains, their first toy bears were tagged with a printed metal button over a cardboard tag in the left ear. Traits of this company include a stocky build, wide shoulders, and hands that are full, not tapered. The eyes are amber glass, set outside the head seam, with a horizontal nose done in a fine cord, and inverted Y mouth that is prominent. The ears are towards the top of the head, placed in a slightly cupped position. He is solidly stuffed with excelsior, keeping his great stoic stance. The pads are wool felt, with three claws each on the limbs. You mentioned the tilt growler is non-working, a very common condition as air gets into the mechanism. He was talking some time ago...I believe he dates to the 1930s. During WWII, production slowed, but they used synthetic fabrics, and even button eyes. In the 1950s, they worked with Ideal to create a molded vinyl head, to develop another range of teddy bears.
They closed in the 1970s. Value for your 18” French teddy would be $500.00.
Brenda
Hi there,
I inherited my moms old teddy bear after she died and am very interested to know more about this cute guy!
The bear is 19" tall and came with my mother from Austria when she immigrated and was her bear in the 50’s. He’s definitely a little scruffed up, but I believe he was well loved! He also growls when you tip him.
Alex

Hi Alex,
Your Mother’s large teddy bear is native to her homeland! What a great provenance. It comes from the Wilhelm and Berta Fechter Co.. better known as just Fecther. They were formed in 1948, after WWII, in Graz, Austria as a small cottage industry. This example has cousins in the teddy bear world with Steiff and Hermann, all known as the teddy baby bear. The characteristic particular to Fechter is the black outlined mouth and red tongue within the open mouth. He is mohair, with a contrasting chest plate and ears, also done in mohair. The stuffing is excelsior, as we can see by the opened paws. He must have walked a lot...wearing out his felt shoes! Exhibiting down turned paws, this was a friendly gesture to insure he was harmless. At the time he was made, he had a fabric label attached to his left ear...Fechter, Made in Austria. His black stitched nose is cord, shaped with a shield design. The ears are large and flat, allowing good hearing, while the voice is a tilt growler. The eyes are glass, done in a reddish orange with the black pupil. He dates to the 1950s. Continuing until 1978, the company’s remaining stock was sold to a CA antique dealer, who imported them and sold their products. Berta died in 1973, Wilhelm in 1985. Value with provenance (including any pictures of your Mom with bear!) would be $300.00. The felt could be restored with hand mending. Brenda

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