How to Find out How Old an Antique Teddy Bear Is

Updated on March 12, 2018
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How Old Is Teddy?

It’s not hard when you collect teddies to simply buy what you like.

When buying vintage or antique ones, it is important to learn the identifying features that help to date them. Whether for the fun of knowing when it was made or for making informed investment decisions, learning about a teddy bear adds to the experience of collecting and helps to guard against buying fake antique ones.

There are several features that help to determine the age of a vintage teddy.

1. Can You Determine the Maker?

Often, teddy bears can be attributed to their maker simply by style or look. Many manufacturers have distinctive features in the bears that make them readily identifiable. A label is the most definitive means of telling who made a teddy though.

The maker helps to determine the value, because some are considered premium and highly sought after, such as Steiff, Chiltern, Joy Toys or Ideal.

2. The Fur or Fabric Is a Clue to Age

  • Mohair was used originally. Very soft and silky, it is a fabric woven from Angora goat fleece. Mohair or mohair/synthetic plush continued to be most popular until the 1950s when acrylic plush was increasingly used.
  • Artificial silk plush, in various colours, was used in the 1920s (nylon plush wasn't invented until 1938).
  • Sheepskin was popular in the 1930s and '40s.
  • Synthetic plushes were further developed in the '60s, with the machine-washable bear promoted for children.
  • Felt was used for the pads of the earliest bears.
  • Later, after WW1, cotton was popular (sometimes brushed or velveteen).
  • Rexine was used by some British and Australian manufacturers, which was a coated oilcloth.
  • By the 1960s, synthetic fabrics were increasingly used.

3. The Stuffing Says a Lot

  • The earliest bears were stuffed with wood wool (also known as excelsior), which is made from long, fine wood shavings. Wood wool gives the teddy a crunchy feel if squeezed.
  • Later, after 1914, kapok (a silky fibre from the seed pod of a tropical tree, similar to silky cotton wool) came into use. Teddies stuffed with kapok feel firmer and heavier, and resist insect attacks.
  • During WW2, kapok was no longer available for toy use, as it was used to line life jackets for soldiers, so waste from textile mills became a popular substitute. Cork granules or rubber were also occasionally used, which tended to break down over time, giving the bear a strange sensation of movement within!
  • By the 1960s, plastic foam (a shredded, sponge-like foam) was most popular, as it allowed for teddies to be wholly synthetic and machine washable.
  • Beginning in the 1970s, polyester wadding became popular and is still used today.

4. Teddy Bears' Shapes Change With the Times

A variety of shapes and styles have been used over the years, but the shape of the teddy bear has changed from its inception and can help date when it was made.

  • The very earliest bears had a comparatively pointed snout and longer limbs.
  • Shorter, stumpy limbs were popular in the 1950s.
  • In the 1960s and '70s, several companies began manufacturing the unjointed splayed-arms bear.
  • Early bears were jointed with cardboard or metal discs and attached with metal pins, which can sometimes show as rust through the fabric.
  • Plastic joints were first used in the 1960s.

5. A Teddy Bear's Eyes Can Say a Lot About Its Age

  • Originally, from 1902-1915, teddy bear eyes were wooden or leather-covered wooden boot buttons on wire hooks or shanks.
  • Glass eyes (amber or blue, black, or clear with painted backs) replaced wooden eyes during WW1.
  • Glass eyes are cooler and harder than plastic eyes. A good indication of what kind of eyes your bear has is to put your lips on them to feel how cool they are and tap your teeth on the eyes. Also, glass eyes are rounder, if you can feel behind them with your fingers.
  • From 1955 onward, plastic screw-in eyes were used by most makers, as a safety precaution for children. Law requires that manufacturers use these unless the teddy is labeled as not being a toy.

6. An Older Teddy May Have a Distinctive Nose

  • Generally, noses were originally hand-stitched with black or brown thread. Many makers had their own distinctive shape. Some also chose to use curled leather, painted composition or gutta-percha (a natural form of plastic).
  • Moulded plastic first came into use in 1945. Some teddies were also made with painted tin or moulded rubber noses.
  • Since 1970, plastic safety noses are most often used as toy teddies for children.

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        MeegsH2O 

        11 days ago

        I have a composition jointed teddy bear that is about 13-14 long. It has very small Amber glass eyes with black pupils. It is painted black with brown feathered ears, nose, eyes and paws. I'm looking for information on it.

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        tony marios 

        2 weeks ago

        hi im trying to find out the age of a teady we have can you help please

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        linda Kinsey 

        5 weeks ago

        hi have a old black dog teddy but cant find any info on it.

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        John Mogavero 

        6 weeks ago

        I have a bear since i was born, it has a red bowtie red shorts and wires in the arm's and legs so it can be posed. Finally the bear has wooden flat bottom feet. Does this bear sound familiar to anyone? It's about the size of an average hand, and is about as old as me, 57 year's old.

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        Margie prichard 

        6 weeks ago

        I have the three little bears papa mama and baby from the 1940 the Papa is 11” mama 9” baby 7” not in best condition as I played with them they have some worn spots just wondering what they are worth

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        scarlet 

        7 weeks ago

        Hi I have a teddy bear that has a plastic nose and plastic eyes yet when I squished it, it makes a loud crunch. Did it get restored? I don’t know it’s you can help me out that’ll be great thank you.

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        JenKBrooks 

        8 weeks ago

        I have a teddy that belonged to my great grandma who was born in 1902. I was wondering if you could help me get an idea of how much he could be worth. Thank you!

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        Sadie hemmings 

        2 months ago

        Hello I have four bears different sizes and they come in their own individual box they are were brought in Italy and the name on the box is FRADE-TESERO Looks like a production of toys are from the PhilippinesThe sizes vary from 10 inches up to approximately 18 inches each bear as a different character, they all have moving arms legs and heads . I am trying to find out the age of these bears and Possibly the value for insurance purposes

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        Wendy Marks 

        2 months ago

        Can anyone tell me how much my bear is worth? I was in hospital 30 years ago & the lady in the bed next to me had a bear collectors book & my bear was on the cover & it valued at $850 back then.

        Can I take a photo of him & someone tell me what he’s worth? Thanks

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        Candace 

        2 months ago

        I believe my bear is the one in the middle ,1960 about ,can’t see any button holes but small bit of tag with a blue s ,he has a noise in his chest .

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        Braps77 

        2 months ago

        Hi there I’ve just started collecting :) just wondering if there is somewhere to post photos so people can help me find out more about my bears? Thanks

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        Jeri Caristi 

        3 months ago

        I found my bear in the drawer of an 1888 antique secretary fold down desk chest in 1983. The bear has always had a "scent " that smells "perfumy" or possibly a "cedar " smell. He is jointed; 16'; yellow;, glass eyes; Firm to squeeze; possibly mohair; felt pads on hands and feet. can't figure out what brand he is. Can you help? Jeri Caristi

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        Jeanine Nolte 

        3 months ago

        I have a set of 4 black teddy bear s with wood eyes

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        Michelle 

        3 months ago

        Old wood childs teddy bear,moveable arms n legs. 1924

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        Ashley 

        3 months ago

        I have a teddy that could be a collectors item but not sure it's worth

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        Valerie Richards 

        4 months ago

        My Dad returned home from England to New Jersey in the summer of 1945 with real curly lambs wool Teddy bear for me. He had the most beautiful blue glass eyes sewn in which were removed when he finally fell apart at 20 years. Stuffed with a cotton like material. He was about 18 to 20 inches long. Any way I can find pictures and descriptions?

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        Bronwen Clowes 

        5 months ago

        I have a bear which was given to me second hand over 50 years ago. I believe it is stuffed with shavings and has movable arms, legs and head. He had a string at the back of his neck which worked his mouth. Do you have any ideas on how old he is and where he was made and by who.

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        Amanda 

        6 months ago

        In the early 70 i was very sick and my mother bought me a teddy bear from the pharmacy. He had a zip up fur suit and red and white stripes on him underneat. He got lost years ago and I've never been able to figure out how to find another one. Do you have any suggestions on how tomfind one ?

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        Marg Jury 

        6 months ago

        Hi Jo

        I have found a (what I think) very old bear. I’m sure he has glass eyes and his nose is stitched. He has movable head, legs and arms. He is pretty hard and does crackle a little when squeezed. Firstly do I wash him and how ? Secondly how do I find out how old he is, he has no tags. Originally I’d say he was a baby blue colour. I’m in New Zealand and I can’t find many specialists here.

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        StarlaJae 

        6 months ago

        I'm not too sure of when my bear was made or what type of bear he is. But Tookie(yes that's his name) had the original brownish-orange eyes, his nose is gone or wasn't there in the first place, his fur is probably goat fur since it is soft and silky and his has a light brown spot on his belly and muzzle and brown for the rest of his fur. Sadly either the tag he had on his butt was either torn off or it wasn't there in the first place, so I don't know who made him. I think he's from either the 1950s or 1960s, what do you guys and girls think?

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        JulieJul mullett 

        6 months ago

        I have a jointed teddy that was my mother's as a child, so would be from the 1940's. It has a lable on the foot merryworth i think it says. it's about 90 cm in height mohair and i think has wood wool as not very squidgy. Does anyone know whether i should get it restored first before i sell it ir just sell as it is, as my granddad took its eyes out for safety reasons and it now has no ears. But other than that he's in tact. Value?

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        Mari Lynn Markey 

        6 months ago

        My father gave me a small Teddy Bear a few years before he passed, in 1950; I was five (5). The bear is 7.5 inches tall, tan/dark blond in color, with black glass eyes, nose & mouth are stitched in black thread. The bear is made of, what I think is, mohair, & has a firm, but pliable body.

        Does anyone know it's origin, make, value?

        Thanks much!

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        Rebecca 

        6 months ago

        I have a bear that I know is over 70 yrs old. The moveable arms and legs are attached by a very hard gadget inside. The eye are round and are placed on top of a round piece of material. Looks like medium brown Mohair. Nose is made of thread. Stitching is evident down the center. Anyone have any idea as to its worth

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        Donna Robertson 

        6 months ago

        Can you help me date my bear? I picked up the bear in a Loppemarked (flea market) in Tønsberg, Norway. He has glass amber eyes with black in centre and has moveable arms and legs. His paws seem to be covered in hessian type material and his coat is rough probably mohair. He doesn't have a tag on his ear but has an indentation on the back of his head which looks like it may have had a button as there is there signs of a pin prick. He feels crunchy when you squeeze him He has a black felt nose and a plastic tongue. There would have been a growler, I can feel it but it doesn't work.

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        Angie 

        6 months ago

        Looking to see how old and possibly the value of this bear.

        Steiff 0155/36

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        Chase 

        6 months ago

        For those that are looking to learn more about their Bear. I would recommend a website called valuemystuff.com I'm not affiliated with them in anyway. I have just used them in the past to learn about some of my stuff. It's about $10-15 per Item and a good reference point

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        Trina crook 

        6 months ago

        Hi i have a bear from the english teddy bear co. It has a cardboard passport round its neck with no.247684 on it. Where do i find a valuation for its worth

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        sarah inglis 

        6 months ago

        Hi

        I have a bear that was purchased for me by my father 20 years ago he was purchased in south Africa Johannesburg and brought back to the uk

        when he was purchased he was named hamish and has a tag on his ear which states patsy bull, he has glass eyes and his filled with hard beads, he is stiff and has joins on all limbs allowing movement he is mohair and he also has leather on his feet and hands

        I can not find any information and would love to know where he came from, age, value ect I can send pictures if needed

        thanks

        sarah

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        Lisa Chawk 

        7 months ago

        I have my dads bear and I’m trying to see who made it? I would say it was made in the 1920-1930s. He is approximately 23-24”long.

        Mohair is brown. Moving joints glass eyes. The label I can only read Cha. Thank you for your time.

        Lisa

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        Matthew Davies 

        7 months ago

        My teddy is 48 yrs old. And is 2ft high.

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        Susan Howell 

        7 months ago

        Hi

        I have an old bear which I believe to be a Farnell dating from 1930 - 1942. It has a kapok filling in the body, arms and legs. Is this original? It doesn't seem to have had the seems re-opened, or at least if they have been it was an amazingly neat job.

        susan

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        Keith Atkins 

        7 months ago

        I have a jointed growling teddy bear on waistcoat it states handmade by tricia Sunnucksweavers ewhurst green gu6 7rr and ideas how old it could be surrey

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        Michelle 

        7 months ago

        I bought a teddy bear at an estate sale has no tag as rotating arms and legs Blue Glass eyes white for feels like wool can identify its age or where it came from could you help me identify it's age and origin. Thank you

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        Natasha mcfarlane 

        8 months ago

        Hi i have a bear that was left to me with an estate ,it was passed through generations .It has glass eyes ,moveable joints ,the head has a crunchy feel the body more solid .It feels like it has a button inside the chest .Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

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        Looking for Ted 

        8 months ago

        Gidday, I am trying to find a teddy bear like one I knew from childhood. ‘Blue Ted’ was articulated and made from sheepskin. The wool was worn away on his hands and feet and the leather was visible. His nose was worn smooth too. Probably made in the 40s.

        Would love to see a pic, would then attempt to make one, and just have some information.

        Cheers, Julie

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        Gloriafied 

        8 months ago

        I have a bear that I believe is from the 1930’s. It is jointed, has sheepskin body, and when you squeeze his stomach, it plays a tune, you have to keep squeezing for the tune. It is not a music box. I would like to know what kind of bear he is.

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        Simon 

        8 months ago

        hi Jodi have a teddy which is 28 inches tall and 12 inches shoulder to shoulder wide, he has a long snout with a brown stitched end and below he has an actual opening mouth, all his joints move I think cardboard and he has like a firm wood straw stuffing, he has short velvety fir and a lighter colour on the pads, his limbs seem back to front as they are curved at the ends so if you face his head the same way that his feet are pointing then his arms seem to curl the opposite way but if you put them upwards each side of his head in I guess a typical angry bear pose then he looks right if you see what I mean!?is he supposed to be like this or was he a reject?oh and he has no eyes' bought him from an auction because I felt sorry for him but I can't seem to find any info on him ie the backward facing paws and opening mouth can you please assist?

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        pete 

        9 months ago

        Hello , I have an old teddy bear that is 60mm in height, is yellow check fabric and wooden buttons on its shoulders and hips, would love to know how old it is

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        pete nolan 

        9 months ago

        Hello , I have an old teddy bear that is 60mm in height, is yellow check fabric and wooden buttons on its shoulders and hips, would love to know how old it is

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        Ginny Perrett 

        9 months ago

        I have an old teddy bear that has the manufacture label and his eyes are missing. I would like to send some pictures from my phone to someone who can tell me something about the bear. Thanks

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        Paul Robson 

        10 months ago

        It's got covered in it to keep it together is very old 47 years old

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        KIM JENNY WIGGINS 

        10 months ago

        Hi, could you please give me some information on an old teddy bear I picked up from my local car boot recently.

        From the top of the ear to bottom of the foot it is 54cm. Straw filled. Jointed head, arms, legs. It has a small hump on the back. There is a growler inside and will work only when you turn upside down quickly. It has a pointed snout. Eyes are black and appear to be glass held in by metal pins. Originally golden mohair but has lost probably 90% of this. The arm length is 21cm. Leg measurement is also 21cm. Body is 24cm. Back of head to tip of snout 15cm. Over a period of time someone has stitched on the pads of the bottom of the feet and paws and also the snout appears to have had new stitching at some time. One of the ears has been crudely sewn back on. There is a 'Y' letter stitching on the back of the head. The forehead measurements are 13cm. There are no tags on the bear. Waist measures 38cm. Underarm measures 33cm. General wear and tear. A great looking attractive bear. Please help.

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        Irene fisher 

        10 months ago

        Hi I have a bear and I would like to know where he's from as he has no tag and I know he's old.

        He's musical and winds up.

        Made out of a brown woven fabric.

        Has golem fur with dark fleck.

        A pointed snout.

        Longer limbs.

        Metal discs in all joints.glass amber eyes.

        A brown hand stitched nose.

        Feels quite heavy. And made out of some golden colourd hessian. Long golden fur with dark fleck . I think he could be ww1 or before have you any ideas

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        Annette Jarrett 

        10 months ago

        I have a 75cm Gund - Limited Edition Polar Bear - with a signature on the foot by their Designer Rita...Have contacted them but they can't give me or find any information - we have been donated this to Auction off but want to make the most of what we can get for it...i also have a photo of the Tag - white with gold thread...Looks like a molded leather nose, glass eyes - can't find anything anywhere on it at all?...

        Hoping you may be able to help...Cheers

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        Traci 

        10 months ago

        I have a Winnie the Pooh that is from Gund co. I believe. It has a bell in it's ear. I can't find nothing about it on the web plzzzzzzz help

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        Ann Bowen 

        11 months ago

        I've found a teddy bear night light it has serial numbers under the left leg and left under arm part ,I know it's over 30 yrs old but other than that I don't know it's holding a tiny like Christmas light I tried taking pictures of the marking but not really good at it ,I'm interested in if it's worth any monetary value could you help me out please looks like Glenn Snow or something to that and on the leg it's G13 prima with an arrow pointing up

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        elizabeth 

        11 months ago

        i have a teddy bear made in England by alresford crafts ltd,,,,,,, red brown eyes stiched nose and mouth with hand stiching on the paws. she..... her name is nala................. she seems to have a flat bottom as she sits very well.

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        Nancy Houck 

        11 months ago

        I have a blond bear with a small round tag attached on the back that says "Dotty Bears - Silverlake Farms. It has close glass dark eyes ,long wavy hair, a pointed nose with lots of individual hairs and what looks like padded felt paws. The arms and legs and head are movable. It is about 8 inches in length. Anyone familiar with it? I have had it a long time.

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        melissia 

        12 months ago

        I found 2 bears one black tan leather paws short moving limbs feel like metal disc and stitched chest and back eyes wide with yellowish ring outside very round. nose is almost like a real nose from looks and feel. his hair is rough and he is tightly stuffed firm. can this be a steiff.

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        Tomo Hawk 

        15 months ago

        Yellow short haired bear, 36cm tall. Has black pupils on orange sown on eyes. Worn away label on inside left leg. Quite a slim bear. Legs and arms bend and swing freely where they meet the torso but do not bend at elbow or knee areas. Black thread used to indicate claws and nose, although bears face shape has a prominent snout shape. Ears are non moving but stick slightly out of head at the very top and not sides. I’ve had this bear, Kevin, since I was a really young child and I’m 44 and I believe that my mother got him from a charity shop so could be a bit older. He has longer hair in certain areas, such as the joints of his arms and legs but has worn away a lot on the torso and head. There is a colourful tint to his fur, but if memory serves me correctly, I coloured him in with felt pen when I was about 8 years old. He is a much loved bear who has been handed down to my own children. He’s a very sturdy bear and isn’t delicate in any way at all. Over the years I’ve sown him up where he split along his sternum, from the clavicle to large intestine area and left kidney area (I’ve been an Operating theatre nurse) he has also recently had surgery to fix a puncture wound to the audio/visual area of his pre-frontal lobe. I don’t know why I’m telling you all that apart from the fact that it’s very hard to write 400 words about him. Please help me trace his origins. Kevin is very interested about his past, so my 4 year old tells me, as unfortunately Kevin no longer talks to me, I swear he used to talk and we had lengthy conversations about the meaning of life to a prepubescent lonely boy. He, and I, grew up in the Leighton Buzzard area of Bedfordshire in England in the 1970s. He is a Leo and liked long walks on the beach and cuddles from his family. He is, in all honesty, the only thing (with the exception of my family) the only thing I’d want to run into a fire to save! Before my clinical career I spent over 22 years in the Royal Navy and So Kevin is a very well travelled bear, there are 196 counties in the world and Kevin has been to 103 of those countries. He’s served his time in some of the worst most war-torn places on Earth, ranging from Afghanistan to Sierra Leone, The Bosnian conflict in 1993 to Operation Desert Storm and the war on terror after the awful attacks of September the 11th 2001. He was decorated with honours in all these accounts (but only by me as the armed services don’t recognise elderly teddy bears as real members of the military apparently!!!). He has been drunk in many bars all around the globe. If teddy bears could suddenly talk I expect he’d have a lot to say but I’d want him to keep certain scandalous and flamboyant memories to our own private conversations. So as you can see he’s had a varied and awesome life but he has no memory of his past. His life would make a seriously good movie! Please help me find that lost last for him

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        Roy Staples. 

        2 years ago

        I have a 24 inch long teddy bear..I am pretty sure it is over 60 years old..its head is stuffed with wood wool (excelsior) it feels crunchy when you squeeze it..the rest of the body is some kind of stuffing.I am 61 years old and it was at home when I was a kid. I seen one like it on Antiques Road show and the person said that the nose on that one was worth about 20,000 American. The nose on mine looked the same...a moulded plastic or something...the nose fell off of mine and I see that it was fastened on with a metal stub. Would any body on here know any thing about it ? I live in New Brunswick Canada. rstaples@nb.sympatico.ca

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        elizabeth 

        2 years ago

        Hi, I have just bought a lovely old large bear.....glass eyes, straw filled, small hump on back, mohair coat, fully jointed, I thought he might be a Chad Valley but I am not to sure. I can not see any where I can load a photo. Thanking you.

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        Dana r. 

        2 years ago

        I'm looking for the plush Winnie the Pooh from late 60s, early 70s...he had a bell in his ear. Any suggestions?

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        Tammy wike 

        2 years ago

        In late 1970's my dad bought me s teddy bear, dark brown.. he was red and white striped on his body arms and legs and had a zip up fur that covered his legs and arms and torso, back. You could remove the "coat/fur" on his body! I have LOST IT! Had anyone ever seen a bear like this or know of where I could find one?

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        Barb 

        2 years ago

        My brother had a brown teddy bear with light paws and face. He had it in late 1970s. He wasn't very big. Don't know who made it. Am trying to find an exact or almost exact one like that for him.

        He was wanting to keep it cuz it's his childhood bed toy.

        Please help me with this.

        Thanks

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        Wennona 

        2 years ago

        Hi there I have a teddy , he is in very good condition, he has bells in both ears and his growler still works. It was given to my boy in the mid 60's but it was not new at this time. I would like to know who was the maker and approximate age. Thanks

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        julie 

        3 years ago

        Hi I have a teddy am quiet sure its a dog it is wood stuffed and very old could u give me more information on him please if I posted a picture thank you Julie x

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        ann 

        3 years ago

        I had a monkey he had brown rubber face & hands white rubber feet he was stuffed with straw really old as lady who owned him was in her eighties when she gave him away I am 40

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        Chantelle Stewart 

        3 years ago

        Hi, I lost my childhood teddy bear that my uncle gave me for my 1st birthday. Its means alot me and bring back alot of memories aswell. He's name is little ted, he light brown with dark brown eyes he got a tag on his bottom that has my initial on it "CLS" and he from a vintage corps teddy bear from 1987. I just want him back so much. I don't know if they can re make them. Please help to find my childhood bear.

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        gina Johnston 

        3 years ago

        I have a bear that I am unable to find any information about. It only has one label in the back and says pat Stewart it has jointed limbs and is about 36 inches tall it also growls when turned over. Can you give me any information about the bear?

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        matt a 

        3 years ago

        Hi jo w i have a old teddy that growls but i have found no visible labels or buttons ive been told it could be rare but am unsure ??

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        john 

        3 years ago

        Hi i have teddy he,s brown and in a suit case travel blue box dressed with a change of clothes pjs etc and has certificate of authenticity stating only 2000 made. Thank you, who and value / maker is he/ she. Carnt seem to id one can you ?.

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        Jacquie T 

        4 years ago

        Hi ,Im really struggling to find any info on my bear , he is 24 inches high, fully jointed his skin is leather(almost white,slightly yellowey ) I think mohair curly hair fur, sand coloured , he has glass eyes brown with black center a hand stitched nose, his arms and legs measure 11 inches long and he has suede feet and paws he is wearing a tan navy and burgundy checked scarf with the name ANTHOIN on a suede tag , can you point me in any direction for assistance ? Thanks Jacq x

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        Sally John 

        4 years ago

        I had a bear that I got from Romper Room TV Show in 50's. He had a sweet face made of rubber and glass sleep eyes. He was light brown soft fur and about 10 " tall . Would love to find one.

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        peter mallette 

        4 years ago

        Hello iv reasently aquired a teddy bear it looks like its from the 70s its battery operated has plastic eyes and joined limbs when turns on it starts to giggle then if you lay it on its back it goes to sleep and starts breathing his chest and belly move up and down and makes a slight snoring noise .cannot find any info onit there are no tabs or markings .its about 20inch and a curly clumpy fur any info would be great .it genuinly look old

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        peter mallette 

        4 years ago

        Are you on line

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        dolly 

        4 years ago

        I have a brown bear that has key on its back, it winds up and moves his head from side to side to the music.it looks real old.the tag says Oriental trading company.it has sewn on claws.it has an old dress on with lace and straw hat with lace.his eyes are brown, glass or plastic.

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        Sue 

        4 years ago

        Hi I'd like to know if my old bear is valuable . He is about 16 inches long. He has a stitched nose and mouth with orange/black glass eyes. Long jointed limbs and bells in his ears. He has a hollow shape in his belly as though there was something inside but he doesn't make any sounds.

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        Sfyfh 

        4 years ago

        Gydgrdgrd

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        linda chastain 

        4 years ago

        I have a very unique teddy bear that I have had since the early 1950s. He has a rubber face,with open and close glass eyes with long lashes. He is about 14inches tall. He was originally pink and black. If I remember correctly he had a top hat and tails that he was dressed in. I am 63 years old now and have had "blinky" as long as I can remember. Any clues you can give me on his origins?

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        eileen Dottori 

        4 years ago

        I have a "1940's Authentic Teddy Bear" bought from Mrs. "B'S" Antiques" (it was a gift) This bear stands 23 inches , his hands and feet are capped with a darker brown than the rest him. His nose has the same brown. His eyes are large buttons.

        Does anybody know if this bear has a name

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        Meena 

        4 years ago

        Hi I was just wondering if you can pass on any info about this dog . I have had it over 30yrs

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        Erica 

        4 years ago

        Hi, I have a teddy bear from when I was a baby. It's called a womb sound teddy... I think? I'm not really sure. I've had it since 1997, and I'm not sure how old it is. It has a slightly pointed black fabric nose, and plastic eyes that are painted at the back. It has a sound device inside that you twist, like you would a bottle cap, and it makes the sound of the womb when the baby is still in the mothers stomach. I have tried so hard to find out how old this teddy is, and have had no such luck.

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        Christine 

        4 years ago

        I have an English teddy that was given to me when I was born in 1968. I don't know the manufacturer but would like to know more about it. It is light brown mohair, with dark brown velveteen paws and a stitched nose. The squeaker in the stomach ceased to work when I was very young. I have a picture if it would help to identify him. His name is appropriately, Bear ;)

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        mandymoo65 

        4 years ago

        i have a hermann original 12 inch musical mohair jointed brown bear tune is letme be your teddy bear, mohair is thining. complete with tags and limited edition no 166 of 2000 any one know his age?

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        karen west 

        5 years ago

        hi.i have an old teddy bear but no history on it.its about 18" golden iin coloured with glass eyss that are orangey brown with black in middle..its hard head n soft body.black stiched nose.both arms and legs have a patch that looks like its leather.and the arms and legs are moveable also the head is moveable too.if anyone can me any info on thee bear would be great.and if i need to include it on my insurance. this is the photo of the bear i hope someone can like to know its age.

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        Debbie Greenhalgh 

        5 years ago

        Hi. I am trying to research the origins of my teddy given to me 40 yrs ago by an elderly lady who also had as a child. Wooden joints and wood shavings? I think. Very crunchy to squeeze. Button eyes but my mother may have done a fix with these. Bit of a snout but well used so could have been longer. Brown stitching for mouth and nose and what looks like cotton fabric for pads. He has a part label with the letters jrel or urel both sides of letters are freyed so hard to tell. I hope someone could shed some light on this. I would be over the moon if you could.

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        Jenny 

        5 years ago

        I am hoping to find out the price of my Teddy Bear, I had it in 1960. It has splayed arms and legs, black stitch nose, stuffed with foam bits, it did have a label on its foot which has come off, it is about 36" tall. Don't know the maker.

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        bearwood7 

        5 years ago

        I have a very old small bear with boot button eyes and a small leather nose. He is straw filled and made of mohair. Was told he was made in 1917 but that is all I know

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        Tolly 

        5 years ago

        Hi, I was talking with my mom about her childhoor Teddy Bear and the way she described it sounded like it was one made around the 60' (that would make sense, since she was a child around that time) but she said the Teddy Bear's eyes were made of leather, is that possible? Since you said around the 60' the eyes were made of other matirials.

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        Ollie 

        5 years ago

        I had/got a very will loved childhood bear, he was light brown with blue eyes with black ears an nose, he also got black paws an bottom of his feet, he's a real Fred bear now an all tho I could neaver replace him I would love one just like him, can anyone help me

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        John 

        5 years ago

        I have a we yellow teddy about 11 inch he has glass or plastic eyes his head and legs feel very heavy like cardboard or something inside head he has a black waist coat its part of bear fur got him at jumble sale never seen anything close to it so please get bak to me

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        Ashley 

        5 years ago

        Hi! I have a Sterling Best Ever teddy bear that I'm trying to find out how old it is & the value. I'm trying to raise money for a "family need" & I didn't know what kind of fair price to ask for it. If anyone could help me with any info on this bear, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much!

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        Susan 

        5 years ago

        Hi I have two mystery bears one I have had for 50 years he is orange mohair with large curly long fur black ears he is stuffed with wood wool throughout ,his head is static but he has cardboard disc joints and steel pins in his arms but he has stick type legs. His eyes are glass and are amber an black paw pads are black felt.

        The other is a white mohair with firmly stuffed legs arms and head.head is static but arms and legs are jointed,stands about 6" tall. Has pale amber eyes and a black stitched nose, his paw pads are cotton

        Any thoughts as to a maker for either or both.

        Thanks

        Sue

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        Scott 

        5 years ago

        I had a bear that was stolen from me by an old girlfriend many years ago and have been trying to find another one like it ever since. All I know about it is it was bought in early 1970, was a polar bear with plastic eyes (orange w/ black pupils), black marks for claws, no joints or moving parts, posed sitting with arms and legs spread in "hug" fashion. Any help on trying to find out about where or who to contact to get another one would be greatly appreciated. I do have a picture of him, but the face is partially covered.

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        Roxie 

        6 years ago

        I have a brown bear. Black and brown eyes . arms and legs have wood dows to move.round face. Can I send a picture to somebody to see what it is Worth

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        Michelle 

        6 years ago

        I was given a very large bear (standing up it is about 4ft high) when I was a baby. I am 30 now. It has jointed arms and legs and a very "rounded" big belly. There is a tag but it has worn away. I am curious as to the age of it and who made it etc. Can anyone help?

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        Nancy 

        6 years ago

        I have. Jointed brown bear with a tag that says Old Bear in scrabble like tiles. Can any one tell me anything bout it?

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        dunwith 

        6 years ago

        My wife has a teddy bear which belonged to her mother it is from the 1920's and has the remains of a button in its ear. It looks similar to the winnie the pooh in the american museum. can anyone throw some light on how to identify the maker etc and obtain a valuation. I can send pictures if required.

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        Kathy 

        6 years ago

        My daughter (now 16) was given a bear when she was little. He has a yellow (her favorite color) head, arms and feet, but his "body" is red as he looks like he's wearing red overalls. He also has a bow-tie (polka-dot). Someone told us he believed it to be a Korean-war era Marine Corp Bear. Any thoughts?

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        janet1940 

        6 years ago

        I was given a splayed teddy bear circa 1942 when it was new. It has rough grey fur, lighter on the front. The eyes are black and green felt, the nose and mouth stitched on with black thread. "Ted" is 26 centimeters tall and is so loved one ear is missing. I was in Sydney Australia when I acquired him. Would like to know more about him. Thanks. Janet.

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        sue 

        6 years ago

        hi ,. i have a teddy bear,. black and white,. 30 /40 cm long,. made by Takas Toys,. would you have any info on it,. i have had it for 45 years,. thank you

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        mandi 

        6 years ago

        i have a teddy for 35 years, its brown has joint arms and long arms, it also has the crunch when squeezed, it has the stiched nose and glass eyes. it does not have anything to say who it was made by, how can i find this out, it is in very good condition and has very little worn on it if any x thank you for your time and i hope you can help me

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        Allison 

        6 years ago

        Hi I have just brought a teddy he has no fur about 6" high very heavy you can see the stitch marks all over Him small black beady eyes and stitched nose and paws long limbs he has a stitched in button on his bottom with no markings can you help me identify him

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        Capwill73 

        6 years ago

        Hi Jo: I have a medium size brown body yellow face, nose and belly and bottom of feet teddy bear that I have had for most of my life. I have been lately trying to find out how old he is and where my parents bought him, because they can't remember where they got him and when they got him. He also has ears that are brown on the outside and yellow inside and his arms are short and kinda of stubby and he has medium size legs that are round with a yellow circle patch on them. I was hoping you could help me with finding out where my parents got him and how to go about getting him restored. Also where can I send a picture of him?

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        Heather 

        6 years ago

        I have two mohair bears my dad left me dont know much about them one has a merry thoughts tag and the other is a schariff

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        ponce07 

        6 years ago

        Hi Jo: After a lot of research, seems my Teddy doesn't fall in any caterogy. About 14" and body made entirely of clothoil. Told it was from 1930. Any info would be great. Maybe it is home made. Where can I post picture?

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        rhonda 

        6 years ago

        I have an old teddy my grandpa had as a boy was wondering if anyone could help me identify the maker !? Or the year he was made !

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        bryan 

        6 years ago

        Hi i have a teddy my moms friend gave her she had bought for her son as a baby he now is 75 any way i can find more about it maybe if i send a pitcher please help thanks

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        JennyR 

        6 years ago

        Hi,

        I have a mohair bear. He has a humped back, he growls, occasionally. He has fully jointed arms and lets. Stitched nose, glass eyes, orangey and black. I think he has claws and stuffed with straw type stuffing. I am 45 and my older brothers and sisters had him before me. (my oldest brother being 21 years older than me)

        Dad brought it for the family but no one remembers it having a label on it.

        Any information would be brilliant.

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