Antique Bears & Collectable Bears
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Fabulous Early British Antique Bear "Arthur" in Sailor Suit - £200.00
The early antique British bears rarely come up for sale so I was thrilled to find old Arthur with his fabulous pronounced snout, long arms and big feet!!. Arthur dates to circa 1920s, 15 inches in height, he's straw and kapok stuffed with the distinctive early British painted backed glass eyes (paint wear to backs), excellent "hook" nose and grumpy mouth stitching retained and strong original cloth pads. Arthur is good and clean for years with such a beautiful expressive face!. He does have wear and bald areas to his mohair (mainly back torso and arms) but still fair coverage remaining as you can see. Handsomely dressed in adorable old sailor suit, he's a fabulous early British teddy bear for display!.
1920s Early Straw Stuffed Chiltern Antique Teddy Bear "Beatrice" - SOLD
Beatrice is the most adorable early antique straw stuffed Chiltern bear (no label) dating to the 1920s. 17 inches in height, this rare find early Chiltern bear is all original with amber/black glass eyes, excellent early "hook" nose stitching and the happiest big smile!!. Thanks to her straw stuffing, Beatrice has a lovely sturdy feel to her. Her joints have worn tiny bit floppy over the years but she still poses beautifully as you can see!. Her fur is soft and clean but a few areas of balding, most being to left leg where mohair is particularly bald. Her original cloth pads are excellent with nice flat feet and pointy toes!. Non working squeaker/growler in her tummy. Overall lovely clean condition for such a very early old girl!. She displays so perfectly in her antique coat and hat which are tiny bit earlier than her circa 1910.
1920s/30s Old English Chiltern Antique Teddy Bear "Mary" - £160.00
Mary is a fabulous antique British Chiltern bear (no label), a nice larger size of 18 inches in height. She's an early Chiltern bear dating to the 1920s/30s with original amber/black glass eyes, early raised corner nose stitching (minor wear to stitching) and lovely smiley mouth. Mary has good coverage of mohair for her years with few areas of light loss/thinning (mainly around tummy). She has original cloth pads with old mends to three and light wear/discolouration to cloth. Her joints are good and strong, she poses beautifully!. Non working squeaker/growler in her tummy. Overall lovely clean condition for such an early old girl, I think she's even more gorgeous in real life!. Mary is a delight for display in old lace collar, tied with ribbon at back.
1930s Antique American Straw Stuffed Bear "Hank" - Working Growler! - £85.00
Hank is a very handsome antique straw stuffed old American teddy bear dating to the 1930s. 17 inches in height, Hank is all original with amber/black glass eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching, felt pads and fully working growler in his tummy!!. As often found with old American bears, legs are a little swingy but overall super condition for years, solidly straw stuffed with good coverage of clean golden mohair. Hank displays so handsomely in more modern waistcoat along with old tatty ribbon.
1950s Antique Chad Valley Teddy Bear "Roger" with Two Labels - £89.00
Roger dates to the 1950s, he's a delightfully chubby antique Chad Valley teddy bear retaining side and foot label (both labels now faded/worn). 15 inches in height, Roger has original amber/black plastic eyes, coal shaped nose and happy smiling mouth. Roger is clean with lovely coverage of thick soft mohair. Joints have worn floppy over the years but he can still strike a good pose when he's in the mood!. He has adorable pointy flat feet and original rexine pads which are worn but not holed. Non working squeaker in his tummy. Roger displays very handsomely in more modern waistcoat and dicky bow!.
1950s Antique Chad Valley Old Teddy Bear "Little Minnie" - £80.00
Little Minnie is the sweetest antique Chad Valley teddy bear (no label) in harder to find smaller size of just 9.5 inches in height. She's fully jointed with original amber black plastic safety eyes, rexine pads (surface worn but not holed) and good nose and mouth stitching retained. Little Minnie has plenty of thinning/balding to her short golden mohair and grubby mark to back of head. Non working squeaker in her tummy. She's a lovely old girl, full of character and displays well in old knitted dress and flower brooch in her hair. A very old sweet faced Chad Valley bear in nice smaller size.
Antique 1950s Old Chiltern Teddy Bear "Tiny Toby" - 10 inches - SOLD
Tiny Toby is an adorable antique Chiltern old teddy bear (no label) in harder to find smaller size of just 10 inches in height. He's fully jointed with original amber black plastic safety eyes, nose and velveteen pads. Tiny Toby has plenty of thinning/balding to his golden mohair but still a few long tufts hanging in there!. He has grubby mark to back of head. He has the sweetest little expression and nice smile (slightly loose stitching to mouth). Non working squeaker in his tummy. This lovely little teddy is full of character and wears nice long knitted scarf.
1960s Farnell/Twyford Cream Teddy Bear "Trevor" - Working Squeaker!! - £75.00
Trevor is an adorable old Farnell/Twyford cream mohair bear (no label) dating to the 1960s. 13 inches in height, he's all original with amber/black plastic eyes, good nose/mouth stitching and rexine pads with surface wear, no holes but old mends to wrists. Trevor's cream mohair has lots of bald areas but there's still lots of character to this lovely boy and fully working squeaker in his tummy!!. Delightfully dressed in old plush duffle coat and thick knitted scarf.
1940s Antique Merrythought Old Teddy Bear "Baldrick" with Label - £90.00
Baldrick is a circa 1940s antique Merrythought bear who's been much loved and cuddled in his long life but still tons of character and plenty of hugs left to give!!. 18 inches in height, Baldrick has original glass eyes, slightly worn nose/mouth stitching and nicely working growler in his tummy. Baldrick's golden mohair has lots of wear and balding and his old replacement hand pads were simply done long ago with ancient tweed type fabric. The foot pads are brown felt replacements with a window of sorts cut out to display remains of his Merrythought label. Baldrick has quite a few old mends, mainly seams including ears which are a little loosely sewn. He wears old knitted vest to keep his sparse old tum warm.
Antique 1930s Chad Valley Magna Old Teddy Bear "Nelson" - £145.00
Nelson is a lovely big handsome Chad Valley MAGNA series bear with red/white embroidered Chad Valley label retained to right foot. He's an early bear dating to the 1930s and a nice larger size of 21 inches in height. Nelson has original "painted back" glass eyes (sadly one has a crack and other paintwear but doesn't affect his good looks!!), excellent nose, (slightly grumpy!) mouth stitching and most of his claws too. Non working squeaker/growler in his tummy. Overall good, sturdy and clean for years with areas of wear/thinning to his golden mohair and replacement brown felt pads to hands. Foot pads are the originals but now marked, worn and holed. Joints good and strong, he poses well and displays very nicely in his old knitted vest with shiny buttons. Nelson is a fabulous early Chad Valley Magna series bear who's looking for a nice new home to make him smile again!.
1950s British Farnell Old Teddy Bear "Jenny" - 13 inches - £79.00
Jenny is a beautiful old Farnell golden mohair bear (no label) dating to the 1950s. 13 inches in height, Jennie is all original with amber/black glass eyes, good nose/mouth stitching and original but worn pads. Jennie's mohair has areas of thinning balding (mostly around squeaker) but overall very nice clean condition for years. Her tummy squeaker no longer works. Joints good and strong but hip joints are a little "squeaky" with age!. This lovely old Farnell teddy bear displays perfectly in 1950s pretty cotton dress and pink knitted cardi.
Antique 1950s Old Chiltern Teddy Bear "Little Jeff" - Rare Tiny Size!! - £125.00
Little Jeff is a very rare tiny size antique Chiltern Hugmee old teddy bear (no label) with the most endearing little face and sweetest gentle expression (even cuter in real life!). Little Jeff dates to the 1950s, he's just 8 and a half inches in height with amber/black glass eyes, worn nose/mouth/claw stitching and good strong velveteen pads (the best quality card lined kind with pointy feet!!). Little Jeff has areas of wear/balding to his soft golden mohair (mostly arms) but overall lovely clean condition for years and so beautifully fluffy!!. Non working squeaker in his tummy. All joints nice and strong. Wearing soft fluffy scarf which suits him perfectly. Little Jeff is a delightful little bear who sits so sweetly in the palm of your hand!!.
1950s Merrythought Golly Doll with Loud Jangling Bells!! - £45.00 (RESERVED)
Lovely vintage Merrythought old English cloth golly doll with huge fluffy hair, big smiley mouth and loud internal jangling bells!!. Golly dates to the 1950s, he's 15 inches in height, unjointed with integral outfit and original felt features. Light playwear, couple of small holes to shirt and front hem unstitched to jacket but overall good vintage condition for his years. "Merrythought - Ironbridge - Made in England" label retained to foot.
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Antique 1950s Chiltern Hugmee Old Bear "Ernest" - Large 25 inches! - £135.00
Ernest is a very sweet big old friendly 1950s Chiltern Hugmee antique bear (no label) with the most endearing thoughtful expression!!. Harder to find large size of 25 inches, Ernest has original amber/black glass eyes, excellent nose/sad mouth stitching retained but only a couple of claws remaining. Ernest has been much loved and cuddled over the years so his mohair is now quite worn and sparse and the rexine pads surface worn with holed area to one toe. Joints slightly stiff after all these years but he still sits nicely and poses well. On close inspection there's small amount of wear to left leg joint but nothing major really. Ernest wears lovely soft wool waistcoat knitted by my mum. He's a lovely big old sturdy ted, one of those special characters you can't stop smiling at!.
1950s Antique Chad Valley Alpaca Cubby Bear - 2 Labels - £90.00
Dating to the 1950s, this lovely rare find Chad Valley Cubby bear retains both his Chad Valley labels, chest and foot. Made from soft thick toffee and cream alpaca, Cubby is a fabulous example, very clean with original glass eyes, excellent nose/mouth and claw stitching retained, all perfect apart from 2 missing claws. Cubby is a lovely sturdy fellow, all joints nice and firm. The original rexine pads are surface worn but fabric still good and strong, no holes, tears or repairs all. Non working squeaker to tummy. A gorgeous harder to find old Chad Valley bear, these bears rarely come along in such nice condition. 11 inches in height.
1950s Antique Chad Valley Cream Wool Plush Teddy Bear "Frankie" - £55.00
Frankie is a lovely cuddlesome old cream wool plush Chad Valley teddy bear, 14 inches in height with amber/black plastic eyes, coal shaped nose, happy mouth and retains his Chad Valley foot label plus label to side seam. Frankie has very good coverage of thick soft wool plush, clean for his years but there's dark area to right forehead/ear which I haven't tried to remove. Frankie has his original rexine pads, these are worn and crazed but no holes or tears. Non working squeaker to tummy. Frankie wears delightful bobbly waistcoat knitted by my mum!. A really delightful little 1950s Chad Valley bear, the cream wool plush bears don't come up for sale so often.
1930s Merrythought Bear "Marshall" Label/Ear Button - £200.00 (RESERVED)
Marshall is an extremely handsome antique 1930s Merrythought bear with his early Merrythought "Wishbone" button to left ear and "Merrythought - Hygienic Toys - Made in England" label to foot. 23 inches in height, Marshall has lovely big amber/black glass eyes, "drop corner" nose/mouth stitching, strong original cloth pads and still has his webbed claws too!!. Marshall has areas of balding/fur loss but still nice coverage remains and he's very clean and fresh for years too!!. Stuffing is very firm, joints mostly all good, legs just tiny bit swingy. Marshall has non working growler in his tummy. He looks very regal in his lovely old cotton and lace shirt.
1950s Antique British Mohair Old Teddy Bear "Barry" - £55.00
Barry is a very sweet 1950s old English teddy bear, 13 inches in height with fixed neck, jointed limbs and enderaring little worried face with early plastic eyes, plush muzzle and good nose/mouth stitching remaining. This is a gorgeous little bear with sparse mohair but lots of character all the same!!. His sweet little cup ears have wear/fraying and limbs swingy with age but he still sits nicely. Original velveteen pads, rubbed but not holed. Non working squeaker in his tummy. A lovely little British bear for display wearing cosy fluffy scarf knitted by my mum.
1950s Pedigree Golden Mohair Old Teddy Bear "Howard"- £62.00
Howard is a friendly old Pedigree bear dating to the 1950s. 17 inches in height, Howard has shaggy but sparse golden mohair, amber/black plastic safety eyes, black cotton nose/smiley mouth stitching and original velveteen pads, surface worn but not holed. Howard is floppy in the joints, he still sits unaided but prefers support whilst seated. He no longer has his Pedigree label, just tiny remains to back seam where it was. Howard wears smart stripey waistcoat knitted by my mum.
1950s Antique British Golden Mohair Teddy Bear "Tristan" - £60.00
Tristan is a very sweet friendly 1950s old British teddy bear, nicely dressed in vintage red cardi and jazzy ribbon!. 15 inches in height, Tristan is a "stiff neck" bear with one piece head/body and jointed limbs (all joints good and strong). He has original glass eyes, nose, mouth stitching and rich chocolate velvet pads. Tristan has plenty of balding/sparseness to his shaggy golden mohair and feels to have once had ear squeakers which no long work. Tristan is a lovely old character with such an endearing serious face!!.
1950s Antique British Old Bear "Cookie" - Rare Chocolate Brown! - SOLD
Cookie is a lovely old grumpy faced British teddy bear, 12 inches in height dating to the 1950s. Made from a gorgeous chocolate brown wool plush, Cookie just has tiny remains of his red/white label to right side seam. The chocolate brown wool plush bears seldom come up for sale, this grumpy old chap is an adorable character with original glass eyes, nose/mouth stitching and "once rexine" pads which are now worn to woven backing fabric but not holed. Cookie is in good clean condition for his years, joints and stuffing all good and strong. His wool plush is good and thick, the pile has just flattened a little over years so he'll benefit a gentle "fluff up" and there's small amount of fur loss around eyes and nose. A nice little chocolate bear who displays well in old woolen vest.
1950s/60s Antique British Farnell Old Teddy Bear "Dennis" - £70.00
Dennis 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 worn, particularly 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. Dennis displays very nicely in stripey knitted jumper with Honey Bee badge!
Large 1930s Antique British Chiltern Old Teddy Bear "Hamilton"- £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.
Antique Chiltern Hugmee 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/40s Large Antique British Bear "Timothy"- £79.00
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.
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 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 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 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/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/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.
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!.
1940s/50s Antique Chad Valley Bear "Curly Bernie"- SOLD
Curly Bernie is an outstanding large late 1940s/early 50s antique Chad Valley teddy bear retaining Chad Valley Royal Warrant to Queen foot label. 20 inches in height, Bernie has original glass eyes, coal shaped nose, happy smiling mouth and excellent thick curly golden mohair. The original brown felt pads are fabulous and head and limb joints all good and strong. A lovely clean firmly stuffed bear, no damage or sagginess and although his growler mostly non working it will make a clunky little noise when he's in the mood!!. Bernie is a very special old Chad Valley teddy bear, a handsome old boy for display in soft fluffy waistcoat knitted by my mum.
1940s Antique British Invicta (Farnell) Old Teddy Bear "Godfrey" - SOLD
Godfrey is a rare British Invicta bear (company formed by ex Farnell employees) dating to the 1940s. Made just after WW2 when mohair was in short supply, Godfrey is a fabulous quality bear,16 inches in height with the most gorgeous cuddly "wooly plush" fur in nice clean condition for years, just minor areas of thinning/balding. This wonderful old Invicta bear has original hand blown glass eyes in a delightful deepest amber (very "lion-like") and Invicta's trademark pinky brown nose/mouth stitching with a few stitches added over the years. Such a handsome old ted, so cuddly, strong and sturdy (and dare we say a little tubby!!). Godfrey has original velveteen pads and non working chest squeaker. No label.
Large 1930s Antique British Pixie Toys Old Bear "Doris" - SOLD
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 Merrythought Bear "Percy" - Label/Ear Button - £125.00 (RESERVED)
Percy is an adorable 1930s antique Merrythought bear with his early Merrythought "Wishbone" button to left ear and Merrythought - Made in England label to foot. 16 inches in height, Percy has original amber/black glass eyes, "drop corner" nose/mouth stitching (lightly worn), strong original cloth pads and still has few of his webbed claws too!!. Percy has very good coverage of mohair for years, just few thinned areas as to be expected. His stuffing is nice and firm, joints mostly all good, legs just slightly swingy. Percy has non working squeaker in his tummy. He looks very regal in his velvet and lace trimmed waistcoat, looks to have been made for him.
Antique 1950s Old Merrythought Teddy Bear "Treacle" with Label - SOLD
Treacle is the most outstanding gentleman!!.. a fabulous antique Merrythought teddy bear dating to the 1950s. 13 inches in height, Treacle has original amber/black glass eyes, excellent early "hook" nose/smiley mouth stitching, clipped muzzle, webbed claws and original felt pads with "Merrythought - Hygienic Toys - Made in England" label to foot (hole to same foot pad as shown). Treacle has gorgeous bright golden mohair with only slight loss and thinning but overall excellent for years, he's extremely clean too!. Treacle looks so handsome in his sea green buttoned waistcoat knitted by my mum!.
Antique British Alpha FARNELL Old Teddy Bear "Rosemary" - SOLD
Rosemary is the most beautiful 1950s antique British Farnell teddy bear with Alpha Farnell label retained to her foot. 13.5 inches in height, Rosemary is fully jointed with nice pronounced snout, original glass eyes and excellent brown nose/smiley mouth stitching retained (all original). Rosemary has quite a nice coverage of cream mohair for her age, just light loss and thinning here and there as to be expected. Sadly there's several areas of discolouration, these are mostly to lower legs - possibly tea stains but can't be certain. Non working squeaker in her tummy. She has her original felt pads with couple of tiny holes but overall good and strong. A very sweet old English Farnell teddy bear for display, just as found in this lovely old velvet and lace outfit which looks as though it was made for her.
Large 1940s Antique Merrythought Bear "Kenneth" with Label - SOLD
Kenneth is a lovely old 1940s antique Merrythought bear with Merrythought label retained to foot. 21 inches in height, Kenneth is all original with amber/black glass eyes, excellent "drop corner" nose/grumpy mouth stitching, felt pads and all of his claws too!!. Kenneth has areas of thinning/balding otherwise his fur good and clean for years. His legs are slightly swingy and head no longer turns as it's been neatly sewn at the neck over the years. Kenneth has non working squeaker in his tummy. A lovely old larger sized Merrythought bear for display, I love the early Merrythought's!.
Antique William Terry Hump Back Bear "Monty" - SOLD
The early English William J Terry bears rarely come up for sale so I was thrilled to find fabulous old Monty with his large humped back, puffed up chest and vintage medal!. Monty dates to circa 1920, 21 inches in height, he's all straw stuffed with the distinctive WM Terry large pupil painted backed glass eyes, some original nose stitching and tiny hint of a smile remaining!. Monty has been well loved during his very long life but still has bags of charm and bucket loads of character!. Monty has plenty of fur loss, distressed/repaired pads, especially foot pads which were repaired then worn out again!!. There is old sewn repair around each ankle. Joints and stuffing all good and firm, thanks to being completely straw stuffed he's a substantially solid and weighty old gentleman. Large non working growling device in his tummy, feels like one of the early heavy bellows type. No label. A fabulous opportunity to own this rare piece of British teddy bear history, if you love early traditional hump back bears with lots of character he's the one for you!!.
VERY RARE Antique German Schuco JANUS Two Faced Teddy Bear - SOLD
Very hard to find antique German Schuco JANUS head turning two faced miniature bear with "nice" and "scary" face, revolved via twisting brass knob to his rear. Janus dates to the 1950s, he's 3.5 inches in height (9cm), all original solid metal bodied bear with metal bead eyes, good nose/mouth stitching to "nice" face and tin features to "scary" face. He's in super condition for his years, clean with lovely coverage of mohair and all joints are good and strong. Scary face would have originally had a tongue and there's ever so minor paint wear to tin as to be expected otherwise I really can't fault this superb rare character. Such an endearing little antique Schuco bear who rarely comes up for sale, you can't help but smile at him!!.
Antique 1950s Chad Valley Magna Old Teddy Bear "Fifi" - SOLD
Fifi dates to the 1950s, she's a totally adorable antique Chad Valley MAGNA series bear with label retained to foot (sadly label now blank). 12 inches in height, she has original amber/black glass eyes and excellent nose/mouth stitching retained. Non working squeaker in her tummy. Fifi has lovely fur for her years with only a little loss and thinning. She's a gorgeous clean girl with good strong joints and original cloth pads. She displays perfectly in vintage pearl style necklace and lace "hair" bow held in place with a pearl pin. A really beautiful old girl, I love Chad Valley Magnas, they have such sweet gentle faces.
1940s Antique British Chiltern Hugmee Bear "Barney"- SOLD
Barney is from my own collection, he's been a lovely little model over the years for my mum's knitted teddy outfits but now decided he's ready for his next adventure!!. Barney dates to the 1940s, he's a wonderful old English Chiltern Hugmee bear (no label) of 15 inches in height. Barney has lovely replacement hand blown amber/black glass eyes, early raised corner nose, smiley mouth stitching and original cloth pads (once rexine covered but very good). Barney has areas of balding/thinning to his mohair, mainly to his face. He has two small holes behind one ear and one to mid back (I think you can just see these on photo 5) but overall good sturdy condition for his age, I think he's even more handsome in real life!. He poses well in stripey knitted college scarf, a goodbye present from my mum!!.
1950s Antique Farnell "Listen with Mother" Toffee Bear - SOLD
The 1950s Farnell "Toffee bear" was based on the character from the BBC children's radio series "Listen With Mother". 11 inches in height, this gorgeous old Toffee has the amber/black plastic "safety eyes" dating him to latter part of 1950s. Toffee is fully jointed with excellent mohair coverage and original rexine pads (rexine is surface worn). He's firmly stuffed with nice tubby tummy, excellent original nose/mouth stitching and all his joints are good and strong. As often found with the Farnell Toffee bears, there's no label. Overall a superb little rare Farnell character in lovely condition for his years, wearing his original hat and scarf!!.