Antique Bears & Collectable Bears
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Antique Merrythought Bear "Sidney" with Early Label & Ear Button - £125.00
Dating to the 1930s "Sidney" is an adorable full of character antique Merrythought bear complete with his metal "wishbone" ear button (excellent graphics retained!) and early embroidered Merrythought label to foot (label is grubby but still readable up close). Sidney is 11 inches in height, fully jointed with original dark amber/black glass eyes, nice nose (possibly couple of added stitches) and delightful smiley mouth!. Sidney's light golden mohair has almost all been loved away (best coverage is to his legs!) and his arms and ankles have worn a little floppy due to stuffing shifting over the years. His soft velveteen pads are now quite worn and there's non working squeaker in his tummy. Sidney comes just as found with ancient brass bell around his neck which is still delightfully loud and jangly!!.
Antique 1930s Chad Valley "Cubby" Bear with Early Label & Button - £110.00
Lovely rare find antique Chad Valley Cubby bear complete with his tin Chad Valley button to back of neck (perfect!) and red/white label to back of one leg. Cubby dates to the 1930s, he's an alpaca bear with unjointed "seated" legs, jointed head and arms. This adorable rare Chad Valley baby Cubby bear is 11 inches in height seated. He has original glass eyes, nose, mouth and claws and lovely old replacement silky pads. Cubby's alpaca plush has almost all been loved away but still an adorable little baby, full of cuddles and character!. He has non working squeaker in his tummy. Cubby wear cuddly blue scarf to keep his neck warm.
Antique 1940s/50s Chiltern Hugmee Bear "Grantley" - 18 inches - £125.00
Grantley is a gorgeous friendly natured 1940s/50s Chiltern Hugmee bear (no label) with the most endearing expression!!. 18 inches in height, Grantley has original glass eyes, good nose/mouth stitching and lovely rich golden thick mohair, general thinning/balding (mostly to arms) but overall good. The velveteen pads are original with the "flat" carded feet to help him stand. The velveteen is now rubbed with old darned mends along the edges and darned wrists too but no holes and almost all claws intact. All joints are good and strong and his stuffing nice and firm. Non working squeaker in his tummy. Grantley wears delightful stripey button front waistcoat knitted by my mum.
1950s Antique Chiltern Old English Teddy Bear "Peter" with Label - £95.00
Peter is the sweetest natured antique Chiltern 1950s teddy bear, just as found in his old stripey knitted jumper. 12 inches in height, Peter has original amber/black plastic eyes, nose, smiley mouth and retains Chiltern label to side seam (sadly label only just readable as it's worn/grubby). Peter's soft velveteen pads are all good and strong, no holes or repairs. He's retained all his claws with just one claw stitch slightly loose. Peter has light thinning and balding to his rich golden mohair, mostly face and arms but overall good and clean for his years. A really delightful old English Chiltern teddy bear with such a charming little face and bags of character!. Peter's jumper is quite tatty, holed and ancient but he insisted on keeping it!!.
Antique 1930s Chad Valley Magna Old Bear "Emily" - £120.00
Emily dates to the 1930s, she's a totally adorable antique Chad Valley MAGNA series bear with her red/white Chad Valley label retained to foot. 17 inches in height, she has original glass eyes, nose, mouth and claw stitching and non working squeaker in her tummy. Emily has bald areas, mainly to torso and there's old darned repairs to her cloth pads. A beautiful old girl, very clean with good firm stuffing and strong joints too. She displays perfectly in lovely old outfit of silky pink coat, matching beret and knitted pink knickers.
Antique Chad Valley Magna Old Bear "Minnie" - Rare Small Size - SOLD
Minnie dates to the 1930s, she's a sweet little antique Chad Valley MAGNA series bear with her red/white Chad Valley label retained to foot. Rare smaller size of just 11 inches in height, Minnie has original glass eyes, nose, mouth and couple of claws still hanging in there too!. Minnie's fur has almost all been loved away but still an adorable little girl with lots of love and cuddles left to give!. Hand paw pads old replacements, foot paw pads have old darns and small hole to top of head. She has non working squeaker in her tummy. Minnie sits very nicely, her joints are good and strong. She displays perfectly in delightful old dress and sweet knitted hat with old flower brooch!.
Antique 1930s Chad Valley Magna Old Bear "Marshall" - SOLD
Marshall dates to the 1930s, he's an absolutely gorgeous antique Chad Valley MAGNA series bear with his red/white Chad Valley label retained to foot. 20 inches in height, he has original glass eyes, nose, mouth and claw stitching and his chest squeaker still gives the odd little squeak too!. Marshall has bald areas, mainly to torso and around neck. Marshall has old replacement hand pads and original foot pads which are good and strong, just lightly water marked. Joints good and his stuffing is sturdy, just slightly saggy to arms from being picked up. Marshall displays perfectly in his fabulous knitted soldier uniform!.
1950s Antique Chiltern Hugmee Old Teddy Bear "Daisy" - SOLD
Daisy is the most adorable sweet faced 1950s antique Chiltern teddy bear!. 15 inches in height, she's fully jointed with original glass eyes, nose, mouth, claw stitching and rexine pads with just light surface wear. Daisy has lovely thick golden mohair, clean, soft and bright with just minor loss. Press squeaker in her tummy still works too!. Daisy looks so pretty in her delightful old outfit of flower print dress and crochet bib. you can't help but smile at her!!.
1930s Antique Old Merrythought Bear "Baron" with Label - SOLD
Baron is the most endearing old gentleman who's seen a lot of life over the last 80 odd years and showing much love but still has tons of character!. Baron was born in the Merrythought factory during the 1930s, he's 20 inches in height and still has his early "Merrythought - Hygienic Toys - Made in England" label to right foot. Thanks to him being mainly straw stuffed, Baron is a sturdy old chap and he has the most fabulous long snout!!. Sadly after decades of cuddles lots of his fur has been loved away but there's still a light coverage of tufts to keep him warm!. His glass eyes and smile are replacements but pads all the original cloth, good and strong with a few claws remaining too. Baron has a non working squeaker or growler in his tummy. He has old mends to the seams and couple of light marks but clean for his years, no tears or odours. He wears adorable stripey button waistcoat knitted by my mum.
1950s/60s Antique German Old Steiff Bear "Chester" with Button - £85.00
Chester is a handsome old original 1950s/60s German Steiff teddy bear retaining his Steiff silver button to left ear. 14 inches in height, Chester is fully jointed with nice coverage of mohair (just expected light thinning) and original good strong felt pads. All joints nice and tight, Chester is a solid sturdy fellow who poses well. He wears nice warm russet scarf knitted for him by my mum.
Antique 1930s Chad Valley Magna Old Bear "McKenzie" - 21 inches - £170.00
McKenzie is an extremely handsome large Chad Valley MAGNA series bear (no label), looking a little grumpy as he's been stored away in a suitcase for many years!!. McKenzie is an early bear dating to the 1930s and a nice larger size of 21 inches in height. He has original glass eyes, excellent nose, mouth and claw stitching retained and non working growler in his tummy. Overall good, sturdy and clean for years with areas of balding to his golden mohair and replacement brown felt pads. Joints good and strong, he poses well and looks adorable in his navy knitted waistcoat with brass buttons. McKenzie is a fabulous early Chad Valley Magna series bear who's looking for a nice new home to make him smile again!.
1950s Antique Chiltern Hugmee Old Bear "Beryl"- Huge 26 inches!! - £170.00
Dating to the 1950s, Beryl is the most adorable large antique Chiltern Hugmee bear with raggy remains of her original label to side seam. 26 inches in height of her, she's a lovely big old friendly bear with the most endearing expression, she'll make an outstanding addition to any "hug"!!. Beryl has original plastic eyes, nose and (slightly grumpy!) mouth. Her beautiful golden mohair is thck soft and clean. There's bald areas to backs of paws and her left side (see pic) but overall very good for years. The original soft velveteen pads have neat old mends to the seams otherwise good and strong, she still has almost all her claws too!. Beryl looks very elegant in her vintage pearl style necklace.
Large 1930s Antique British Chiltern Old Bear "Hamilton"- 20 inches - £165.00
Hamilton is a fabulous large antique British Chiltern bear (no label), a lovely big cuddly 20 inches in height. He's an early Chiltern bear dating to the 1930s with original clear glass eyes, early raised corner nose stitching and original cloth pads (light wear/discolouration to pads). Hamilton has plenty of balding, especially sparse to tum and back and there's couple of old re- sewn seams. Overall nice clean condition for such an early ted, I think he's even more handsome in real life!. He poses well in his smart multicoloured knitted waistcoat with mother of pearl buttons.
1920s/30s Antique French Straw Stuffed Bear "Albert" - £125.00 (RESERVED)
Albert is a superb large antique straw stuffed French bear dating to the 1920s/30s. 25 inches in height, he's a very solid and sturdy bear with original amber/black glass eyes, cloth pads and good nose, mouth and claw stitching retained. Albert is made from a thick velvety art silk (rayon plush), his colouring would have originally been pink but now more a "dusty peach" colour. He has a delightful pronounced "square" snout, chunky limbs and lovely big carded feet!. A fabulous big old French bear, good and clean for years, he sits so proudly!. Albert wears later addition of big jangley brass bells around his neck.
Antique 1930s Chad Valley Magna Series Old Teddy Bear "Florence" - SOLD
Florence is the most beautiful antique Chad Valley 1930s MAGNA series teddy bear with tatty label retained to her foot pad (only just readable). 12 inches in height, Florence is fully jointed with early pronounced snout, original glass eyes and excellent nose/mouth stitching retained. Florence has nice coverage of golden mohair for her years, very soft and clean too!. Non working chest squeaker. Three original brown cloth pads (surface worn with old mends to wrists) and one replacement felt pad to foot pad. A totally adorable old Magna bear for display, dressed very prettily in antique lace "scarf" with sprig of pink flowers. Florence is one of those bears with that "extra special" character, guaranteed to bring a smile!!!.
1940s Antique British Chiltern Hugmee Teddy Bear "Alice" - SOLD
Alice is the most adorable sweet faced antique Chiltern 1940s teddy bear with faint "buzzy" little growler when she's in the mood!!, 15 inches in height, this is a beautiful solid, sturdy old bear and completely all original. Straw stuffed and fully jointed, she has amber/black glass eyes, perfect nose/mouth stitching and excellent rexine pads with only very minor crazing to the rexine. Right foot pad has outline where the Chiltern label would have originally been (now missing). Alice has the most gorgeous thick golden mohair, very clean, soft and bright, her colour is beautiful. She comes complete with delightful outfit knitted by my mum. Alice is such a pretty girl, you can't help but smile at her!!.
Antique 1940s Chiltern Hugmee Bear "Bernie" - 18 inches - £124.00
Bernie is an adorable sweet natured Chiltern Hugmee bear (no label) dating to the 1940s. 18 inches in height, Bernie has original glass eyes, good nose/mouth stitching and lovely thick coverage of rich golden mohair. The velveteen pads are original with the typical 1940s "flat" carded feet to help him stand. The velveteen is now rubbed with small holes to toes otherwise pads good and strong with almost all claws intact. All joints are good and strong and his stuffing nice and firm. Non working squeaker in his tummy. Bernie wears delightful button up crochet jumper which suits him well.
Large Old IRISH TARA Antique Bear "Oliver" - £109.00
Oliver is a fabulous big sturdy antique Irish Tara bear dating to the 1950s. 23 inches in height, he has glass eyes, typical "Tara" downward nose stitching and rexine pads (sturdy but surface wear to rexine and small neat repair to one paw pad). Oliver has areas of baldness to his golden mohair and there's old sewn repair to top of one leg and around left eye otherwise lovely condition for years. His growler still gives a faint little mumble too!!. Tiny remains of the red/white label within seam of one foot.
"Winston" Large Antique British Chiltern Bear - 24 inches - £135.00
Winston" is a magnificent big sturdy antique English Chiltern bear (no label) dating to circa 1930s. 24 inches in height, he has amber/black glass eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching and wears a smart (but tatty) old paisley scarf around his neck. Winston has balding to his front and face but excellent coverage remaining to back. He's very clean for years, light watermarking to head and arms. Small amount of wear to snout, professionally done mohair repair to one ankle and expertly done replacement paw pads. He's a fabulous big old traditional Chiltern ted who sits so proudly!.
RARE Large Antique BLUE Chiltern Bear "Blue" - 1930s/40s - £275.00
Very special rare find large antique blue Chiltern bear (no label) dating to circa 1930s/40s. 21 inches in height, he's an extremely handsome old blue bear, very sturdy with beautiful amber/black glass eyes (these are loose on their wires/possibly replacements?), original nose, mouth, claw stitching and pads are original too (all intact apart from tiny hole to one hand pad). His fabulous blue mohair has a very decent coverage for years although there is a little loss as to be expected. Fur is slightly bluer inside creases of joints so I suspect he may have faded a little over time but still has gorgeous blue tone to him. He has a growler or squeaker in his tummy which is not working. His stuffing is extremley good and sturdy, only the tiniest amount of shifting to upper arms but no sagging. All joints are good and strong although his old leg joints do creak a little when turned (bless!). Overall a fabulous rare piece of British bear making history, the blue Chilterns rarely come up for sale especially in this large size.
HUGE 1940s CHILTERN Antique Bear - "Bertha" - RARE 33 inch Size!! - £175.00
Bertha is a magnificent antique Chiltern bear (no label) who's a whopping 33 inches in height!!.. Completely straw stuffed, she's a real heavyweight character and so chunky that in real life appears even larger than her 33 inches!!. Bertha has huge glass eyes and neatly enhanced nose/mouth stitching. This beautiful big girl has been much loved during her many years and has plenty of balding and old war wounds to show for it. There's also a few small marks and old mends to the seams. Her poor old rexine pads are now cracked and holed exposing the straw filling. Antique Chiltern bears in these mega large sizes rarely come up for sale so I was thrilled to find Bertha!. She displays well in her vintage bathing suit and matching hair ribbon.
Lovely Old Steiff Teddy Panda Bear "Ping" with Tag, Button & Label - £85.00
Ping is a fabulous old Steiff Teddy Panda bear retaining her card chest label, ear button and Steiff label. She dates to circa 1960s/70s, just 6.5 inches in height with beautiful coverage of white/black mohair and excellent nose/mouth stitching retained. Ping is fully jointed with good strong joints, she poses perfectly!. Her pads are the original felt with just tiny pull to one foot pad and her "white bits" just ever so slightly dusty with age. A wonderful old Steiff character who displays beautifully!!.
1950s Old Chad Valley Labelled Bear "Watson" in Super Condition! - £85.00
Watson dates to the 1950s, he's a totally adorable fluffy golden mohair Chad Valley bear retaining his blue/white Chad Valley label to side seam. 12 inches in height, Watson is completely all original with amber/black plastic eyes, excellent nose/mouth/claw stitching and superb rexine pads. His thick golden mohair is fabulous, only minor thinning to backs of paws. Watson is a lovely example of a 1950s old Chad Valley bear, very clean and cuddly, he poses beautifully in his gold V neck pullover, knitted by my mum. Non working squeaker in his tummy.
1950s Antique Chad Valley Teddy Bear "Bryan" - 14 inches - £65.00
Bryan is a lovely old 1950s Chad Valley teddy bear (no label) wearing gorgeous cream knitted waistcoat with front button fastening. 14 inches in height, Bryan is a sturdy old ted with original amber/black plastic eyes (light fade to pupils), excellent "coal shaped" nose and "serious" mouth stitching retained!. There's areas of balding to his soft golden mohair but overall good and clean for years. His rexine pads have surface wear but no holes or tears.
1950s/60s Old British Pedigree Teddy Bear "Murphy" - £60.00
Murphy is an adorable old British Pedigree teddy bear dating to the 1950s/60s. 14 inches in height, he's in very good condition for years with amber/black plastic safety eyes, original plastic nose and lovely serious expression!!. Overall good thick coverage of golden mohair with areas of balding to face and tummy. His brown velveteen pads are all excellent and his tummy growler still works when he's in the mood!. Murphy has just the tiniest remains of his Pedigree label to back seam. He wears smart V-neck burgandy pullover which my mum knitted for him
1950s Old Irish Musical Bear "Susan" in School Uniform - £79.00
Dating to the 1950s, Susan is a lovely condition antique Irish bear (no label) with fully working musical device in her tummy (Brahms Lullaby!). 14 inches in height, Susan is a "stiff neck" bear with one piece head/body, original glass eyes, good nose/mouth stitching and cream plush pads (pads have light wear but no holes). Susan is a lovely example, very clean with nice coverage of bright golden mohair retained, The mechanism winder has been replaced over the years but tune still plays beautifully. Susan is all ready for school in delightful knitted school uniform of navy pinafore skirt, matching "flower" hair band and red satchel for her school books.
1950s Antique Chad Valley Teddy Bear "Colin" - 15 inches - SOLD
Colin is a lovely old 1950s Chad Valley teddy bear (no label) wearing handsome grey knitted waistcoat with button fastening. 15 inches in height, Colin is a sturdy old ted with original amber/black glass eyes and excellent nose/mouth stitching retained. There's balding to his soft golden mohair, mainly to torso and arms. His velveteen pads are worn and there's old mends to left hand pad. The right hand brown felt pad is a replacement. Non working growler/squeaker in his tummy.
1950s British Pedigree Old Teddy Bear "Curtis" - 14 inches - £75.00
Curtis is a handsome old 1950s British Pedigree teddy Bear with small scrap of his label to back seam, 14 inches in height, Curtis is a lovely friendly bear with nice soft golden mohair, amber/black plastic safety eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching retained and original brown velveteen pads. Couple of bald areas to his mohair otherwise nice soft and thick. Overall very good clean condition for his years, Curtis is a gorgeous old Pedigree bear for display.
1950s Deans Ragbook Old Teddy Bear "Ricky" with Label - £65.00
Dating to the 1950s, Ricky is a lovely cheeky faced Deans Ragbook bear retaining his Deans Ragbook label to back seam (label slightly grubby but perfectly readable). 15 inches in height, Ricky is all original with glass eyes, brown nose/mouth stitching (slightly worn) and velveteen pads which are surface worn but no holes. Ricky has nice coverage of thick golden mohair for years with just small areas of balding. Back seam looks to have been re sewn and he has non working squeaker in his tummy. Ricky wears adorable beige tank top knitted for him by my mum.
1950s/60s Old English LEFRAY Teddy Bear "Dexter" - 16 inches - £65.00
Dexter is a 1950s/60s old English Lefray bear (no label) wearing delightful blue cardi and hat knitted outfit. A lovely stocky and sturdy old teddy bear, 17 inches in height with amber/black plastic eyes, good "hook" nose/mouth stitching retained and big fat tummy with non working growling device inside. His deep golden mohair plush is soft thick and clean with just small areas of loss. The original plush pads are worn with holes to left hand pad and right foot pad (see photo 3). Dexter is a delightful tubby old Lefray bear, with such a lovely comical expression!.
1960s Old Farnell/Twyford White Bear "Annie" - 16 inches - £80.00
Annie is a beautiful old Farnell/Twyford white mohair bear (no label) dating to the 1960s. 16 inches in height, Annie is all original with amber/black plastic eyes, good nose/mouth stitching and brown felt pads with surface wear but no holes. Annie's white mohair has plenty of balding, worst being to face and back of legs otherwise lovely condition for years, her tummy squeaker still works too!!. This lovely old teddy bear displays perfectly in very pretty cardi and sparkly pink ribbon.
1960s/70s Vintage Deans Bear "Nicholas" with Label - Excellent! - £55.00
Nicholas is a superb condition 1960s/70s Deans teddy bear with lovely thick golden mohair and immaculate Deans label retained to side seam. Just 8 inches in height, Nicholas is all original with amber/black plastic eyes, perfect chocolate brushed nylon pads and fabulous nose/mouth stitching retained. Nicholas is extremely clean and cuddly, no damage of any kind. He wears cosy knitted scarf knitted by my mum.
Early Hump Back Antique German Steiff Bear "Wilbur" - SOLD
Wilbur is a beautiful rare find early antique German Steiff bear (no button) dating to the 1920s. 14 inches in height, Wilbur shows expected wear after almost a century of cuddles but such a fabulous old character that who can blame them!!. Wilbur is completely straw stuffed with nice pronounced hump back, original glass eyes, lovely big feet and the most magnificent long defined snout!!. He's fully jointed with ancient replacement stockinette? pads (these have themselves worn and been darned many times). He has a non working squeaker or growling device in his tummy. His nose has worn area to top of snout with straw exposed. His black yarn nose/mouth stitching looks nice and full with neat replacement stitches at some time. Wilbur has short mohair, quite sparse in areas but no stains or odours. A really delightful early old Steiff bear for display, wearing old woolen vest and vintage knitted sailor cap which suit him perfectly!!.
1950s/60s Antique German Original Old Steiff Bear "Ollie" - £70.00
Ollie is a handsome old original German Steiff teddy bear dating to the 1950s/60s. 9 inches in height, he's fully jointed with good coverage of mohair and original felt pads. All joints nice and tight, Ollie is a sturdy fellow who sits elegantly and poses well. He's lost his ear button and pads are a little grubby but overall good clean condition for years. A delight for display with neck ribbon and jingling bell!.
1950s Antique German Metal Bodied Teddy Bear "Bruno" - £75.00
Bruno is a super adorable 1950s antique German bear, I'd say probably by either Schuco or Kersa. Just 4.5 inches in height, he's a fabulous little character made entirely from solid metal with excellent short bristle mohair coverage, original metal stud eyes/nose and lovely big smiley mouth!. Bruno is a straight neck bear with externally jointed ams and legs. Lovely clean condition for years, a gorgeous old German bear for display. Bruno wears delightful little bell on a ribbon.
Circa 1940s Antique German Schuco Panda Miniature Bear - £75.00
Circa 1940s antique German Schuco Panda bear wearing sweet little bell on a ribbon!. Just 2.5 inches in height, he super cute little antique Schuco bear, fully jointed (slightly stiff to sit) with original metal bead eyes, good nose/mouth stitching retained and nice coverage of mohair but white parts are discoloured with age as you can see.
1950s/60s Old English Golden Mohair LEFRAY Teddy Bear "Lewie" - £60.00
Dating to the 1950s/early 1960s, Lewie is a 17 inch old English Lefray bear (no label) wearing adorable knitted coat and hat!. A lovely friendly faced old teddy bear with amber/black "safety eyes", good nose/mouth stitching retained and nice big tubby tummy!. His deep golden mohair plush is thick and clean with small areas of balding here and there. His brown plush pads are good for years, just a little rubbed. Lewie is a delightful old Lefray bear, fully jointed with non working squeaker in his tummy.
1960s Old British Merrythought Teddy Bear "Mikey" with Label - £55.00
Mikey is a friendly old British Merrythought teddy bear retaining his "Merrythought - Ironbridge Shrops - Made in England" label to one foot. He dates to the 1960s, 14 inches in height with original amber black plastic "safety eyes" and full nose/mouth stitching. His deep golden mohair is soft and thick and the original brushed nylon pads are all good. Mikey is in lovely clean condition for his years, just small area of wear under his chin and non working growler? in his tummy (feels too large to be a squeaker). A super old Merrythought bear who displays well!.
1930s Antique Chiltern Old English Teddy Bear "Horace" - SOLD
Horace is the sweetest natured antique Chiltern 1930s teddy bear with such a beautiful sad expression!!. 16 inches in height, Horace has original amber/black glass eyes, perfect "hook" nose/mouth stitching and good strong cloth pads with almost all his claws retained. Horace has thinning/balding to his light golden mohair and small old tear to one ear but overall lovely clean condition for years. A really delightful old teddy bear with such a charming little face and bags of character!. Horace wears long blue scarf with pom poms!. No label.
1950s Antique Chiltern Hugmee Bear "Magnus"- SOLD
Magnus is a fabulous example of a 1950s old English Chiltern Hugmee bear (no label), a magnificent larger size of 21 inches in height!. The Chiltern factory must have been particularly proud of this lovely big character, I think he's even more adorable in real life!. Magnus is fully jointed with beautiful coverage of thick golden mohair, original early type plastic eyes, velveteen pads and full claws. A very clean, solid and sturdy old bear, he's obviously been very well looked after all these years. Slight wear to nose stitching, old mends to "toes" of foot pads and ever so minor loss to his mohair but overall fantastic condition for his years!.
Old Merrythought Bear "Wooly George" with Label/Growler - £55.00 (RESERVED)
Wooly George is a friendly old Merrythought bear with (slightly tatty) "Merrythought - Ironbridge Shrops - Made in England" label to one foot. 18 inches in height, he dates to the 1960s/70s and is made from a very thick wooly synthetic plush with brown nylon pads. Wooly George is fully jointed with original amber black plastic "safety eyes", full nose/mouth stitching and delightfully clear working growler in his tummy!!. Good clean condition for years and so much fur that you can hardly see his lovely big smiley mouth!!.
Price £55.00 + £7.95 UK Postage
Large 1930s/40s Large Antique British Bear "Timothy"- £79.00 (RESERVED)
Timothy is a circa 1930s/40s well loved old sparse British ted with such a sad expression he looks about to burst into tears (bless!). 21 inches in height, Timothy is a large ted with glass eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching, big cup ears and large feet. Most of Timothy's golden mohair has been loved away, mainly to tummy and face and his brown felt pads are old replacements. Age related wear in general and few small old neat repairs on close inspection. Left shoulder tiny bit higher than right but he doesn't seem to mind and poses perfectly well. Timothy has sturdy stuffing and good strong joints so he still sits really proudly. He wears smart red knitted waistcoat with mother of pearl buttons to keep his sparse old tum warm.
Antique 1930s Chad Valley Magna Series Bear "Alistair" - £115.00 - SOLD
Alistair is a fabulous antique Chad Valley 1930s MAGNA teddy bear with red/white "Chad Valley - Made in England" label retained to his foot pad. 12 inches in height, he's fully jointed with early pronounced snout, original glass eyes, nice nose, mouth, claw stitching and original cloth pads (pads are a little worn with old mends to wrists). Alistair has plenty of balding to his golden mohair, a few small old mends and non working squeaker in his tummy. Overall a fabulous Magna bear for display in his antique lace "scarf" which suits him perfectly!. He really is a beautiful, full of character bear!.
Large 1930s Antique British Pixie Toys Bear "Doris" - £115.00 (RESERVED)
Doris is a fabulous rare find antique British "Pixie Toys" bear (no label) dating to the 1930s. Pixie Toys bears seldom come up for sale. The company was launched in Stoubridge in the 1930s by two wives of glass manufacturers who decided to generate extra income by making a few soft toys. The company went from strength to strength, employing ex Merrythought employee Elizabeth Simmonds as designer who later bought out the company when the two founders retired. Doris is a wonderful big old Pixie Toys bear, 24 inches in height, very solid and sturdy with huge amber black glass eyes, delightful big plush lined ears and original nose/mouth stitching (her stitches are lightly worn here but she still has a beautiful smile!). Doris has good coverage of long curly golden mohair with expected areas of balding, mostly around arm joints to sides of chest. Her yellow felt pads are the originals, one foot pad having been re-stitched and a sprinkling of tiny holes to others but overall all good and strong. Doris would have originally had the early web claw stitching but just a few of the "nails" are remaining now, Such a characterful old bear, Doris is a wonderful piece of British bear making history. She wears pretty knitted dress decorated with ribbons and tiny pearls which suits her perfectly!.
1930s Antique Merrythought Bear "Treacle" with Label - SOLD
Treacle is an early old Merrythought bear dating to the 1930s. He has the most gorgeous ginger shade of mohair, early webbed paws and almost all of his "Merrythought - Hygienic Toys - Made in England" label retained to foot. 16 inches in height, Treacle has replacement amber/black glass eyes, excellent early "hook" nose/smiley mouth stitching, clipped muzzle, and good strong original felt pads retained. Treacle has bald areas to his long curly ginger mohair but still a nice soft clean coverage for his years. Treacle looks so handsome in his cuddly buttoned coat with pockets for his sweeties (knitted by my mum!).
1930s Antique Merrythought Bear "Parker" with Label - SOLD
Parker is the most outstanding gentleman!!.. a fabulous antique Merrythought teddy bear dating to the 1930s. 17 inches in height, Parker has original amber/black glass eyes, excellent early "hook" nose/smiley mouth stitching, clipped muzzle, webbed claws and good strong felt pads with "Merrythought - Hygienic Toys - Made in England" label to foot. Parker has gorgeous long golden mohair with only slight lightness and thinning but overall excellent for years, he's very clean too!. Parker looks so handsome in his brass buttoned waistcoat knitted by my mum!.
1950s/60s Chad Valley Teddy Bear "Eddie" with Label - SOLD
Dating to the 1950s/60s, Eddie is an adorable fluffy golden mohair Chad Valley bear retaining excellent blue/white Chad Valley label to side seam. 12 inches in height, he's a lovely cuddly all original ted with amber/black plastic eyes, excellent nose/mouth/claw stitching and perfect velveteen pads. Eddie has super coverage of thick golden mohair, he's very clean and all joints are nice and tight. Non working squeaker in his tummy. Eddie wears a nice warm hand knitted scarf.
1950s/60s Pedigree Teddy Bear "Comedy Frankie"- £75.00 (RESERVED)
Comedy Frankie is such a funny little friendly bear with priceless expression!!. Dating to the 1950s/60s, he's 14 inches in height with nice dark golden mohair, amber/black plastic safety eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching and original brown velveteen pads (slight surface wear to pads). Minor areas of balding but overall good clean condition for his years, Comedy Frankie wears stripey knitted bow tie which suits his character perfectly!. Frankie no longer has his Pedigree label.
1950s/60s Chad Valley Bear "Kevin" - working growler - SOLD
Kevin is a cheeky faced antique British Chad Valley teddy bear (no label) with very loud working growler in his tummy!. Kevin dates to the 1950s/60s, he's 18 inches in height, fully jointed with amber/black plastic eyes, excellent "coal shaped" nose/mouth stitching and original rexine pads which are surface worn but no holes. Kevin has plenty of balding to his light golden mohair but remainder is soft and clean. Kevin wears V neck jumper knitted by my mum in lovely happy rainbow colours!.
1950s/60s Large Old Pedigree Bear "Rory" - 21 inches - SOLD
Rory is a lovely big handsome British Pedigree teddy Bear with Pedigree label to back seam (label is tatty/grubby but still recogniseable). He dates to the 1950s/60s, 21 inches in height, Rory is fully jointed with amber and black plastic safety eyes, original black leather nose, good nose to mouth stitching (hiding under his thick mouth fur!), brown velveteen pads and growler in his tummy which sometimes gives a little "mumble"!. Excellent coverage of deep golden mohair, joints all good and his stuffing nice and firm, just a little saggy to legs. Rory looks very smart in his vintage stripey tie.
1930s Merrythought Bear "Archie" with Ear Button - £128.00 (RESERVED)
Archie is a 1930s antique Merrythought bear with his early Merrythought "Wishbone" button still retained to his ear. 17 inches in height, Archie has amber/black glass eyes, "drop corner" nose/mouth stitching, webbed claws and good strong original cloth pads. Archie's mohair is sparse and a little grubby to tum and nose but fur still nice and fluffy to back. He no longer has his foot label but Merrythought ear button still nice and clear. It's remarkable that he still has it after all these years!. Archie has non working squeaker in his tummy. He wears very smart stripey neck ribbon.
1950s/60s Old British Farnell Teddy Bear "Desmond" - £70.00 (RESERVED)
Desmond is a handsome 1950s/60s old Farnell bear (no label), 16 inches in height with amber/black glass eyes and excellent nose/mouth stitching retained. His deep golden mohair is lovely and thick with just light balding to chest and arms. The original fine cloth pads are surface worn, particulary the left hand pad which is holed. A good sturdy bear, joints all good and he's firmly stuffed, tummy just a little saggy. Non working growler in his tummy.
1950s "Sonnie" Large English Antique Bear - £85.00 (RESERVED)
Dating to the 1950s, "Sonnie" is a big friendly 24 inch antique English golden mohair bear, Mostly straw stuffed (head and body), he's a fabulous solid sturdy ted with amber/black plastic eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching and huge big fat tummy!. "Big Son" has old mends to a few seams, light fur loss here and there and a bit swingy in the joints. His plush pads are original, lightly grubby but overall he's good and clean for years. His cardigan is a recent addition, lovely bright happy stripes which suits him perfectly!.
"Martha" Old English Chad Valley Bear with Labels - £78.00 (RESERVED)
"Martha" is a very sweet antique British Chad Valley bear dating to the 1950s. 15 inches in height, she's fully jointed and completely all original with glass eyes, rexine pads (surface wear to rexine but no holes) and non working squeaker in her tummy. Her fur has areas of balding but still a good thick coverage remains. Martha wears a delightful vintage knitted outfit of lace trimmed dress and hat. She retains her Chad Valley "by appointment to HM Queen Elizabeth" foot label and also retains her narrow fabric chest label (chest label is tattty and unreadable).
1950s Old English Chiltern Squeaking Bear - £115.00 (RESERVED)
Dating to the 1950s this superb condition old English Chiltern bear (no label) is 17 inches in height. Absolutely delightful larger size Chiltern chararacter, fully jointed with original early type plastic eyes and what's fondly known as "the dog nose", velveteen pads and fully working squeaker in her tummy!!. Her mohair is thick, soft and clean, she was obviously very well treasured to have remained in such lovely condition today. Her joints are all excellent, she poses beautifully and comes with her cuddly old long knitted coat which just has a couple of tiny holes. No stains or odours of any kind to bear or her outfit.