Antique Bears & Collectable Bears
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1920s Antique Chiltern Old Teddy Bear "Doris"- Rare Dual Plush - SOLD
Doris is a very beautiful 1920s antique British Chiltern bear (no label) with the rare "Dual Plush" mohair. 20 inches in height, she has the fabulous early Chiltern shape with pronounced shaved muzzle, big feet and long arms. Her eyes are the original clear glass eyes, she retains her early raised corner nose stitching and original velveteen pads too (surface worn but sturdy with no holes). Doris has plenty of wear/bald areas to her dual mohair plush from decades of cuddles and her joints are now floppy with age (mostly legs which are swingy). She still sits nicely as you can see but doesn't like to stand unaided. If you look closely there's a little glue? residue around nose stitching but I don't think it spoils this characterful old girl at all. Doris wears ancient knitted vest, suits her well, small hole to front hem.
1950s Antique Pedigree Old Teddy Bear "Marigold"- Bells & Growler!! - £75.00
Marigold is a big old friendly 1950s British Pedigree teddy bear with working belting growler and jingling bells in her ears too!!. 23 inches in height, Marigold is a good solid chunky bear, quite hard stuffed with nice heavy feel to her. She has long shaggy golden mohair which is sparse and bald in places (mostly limbs). Original amber/black glass eyes, excellent nose/smiley mouth stitching retained and original velveteen pads. Marigold's joints are slightly creaky and floppy with age, she still sits nicely but doesn't like to stand unaided. She no longer has her Pedigree label, just teeny tiny remains to lower back seam where it once was. Marigold wears adorable old crochet jacket which suits her well.
1940s Antique British Chiltern Old Teddy Bear "Harriet"- £125.00
Harriet is an adorable antique British Chiltern bear (no label) dating to the 1940s. A lovely cuddly old teddy girl, 20 inches in height with original amber/black glass eyes, early raised corner nose stitching and original cloth pads. Harriet has lovely soft golden mohair but sparse and bald in places (mostly backs of legs and lower arms). Non working squeaker in her tummy. A good clean girl for her many years, I think she's even prettier in real life!. Wearing a vintage cardi, she displays well.
Antique 1930s Merrythought Magnet Bear "Stanley" with Label - £200.00
Stanley is a harder to find 1930s Merrythought Magnet Design teddy bear with Merrythought - Hygienic Toys - Made in England label to foot. 17 inches in height, Stanley has shaven muzzle, amber/black glass eyes, "drop corner" nose/mouth stitching, good strong woven cloth pads and most of his claws too!!. The hand blown glass eyes and left hand pad are professional replacements. Stanley has good coverage of soft golden mohair, just expected thinned areas and some balding to arms. His stuffing is a little squidgy and right arm no longer holds pose. Non working squeaker in his tummy. Overall lovely clean condition for his years, I think he's even more handsome in real life!. Stanley is a kind caring bear, he wears Blue Cross animal welfare medallion around his neck.
1950s Antique Vintage Old Farnell British Teddy Bear "Tony" - £70.00
Tony is a handsome old British Farnell teddy bear (no label) dating to the late 1950s.14 inches in height, he's a lovely old bear with excellent coverage of golden mohair, good firm joints and stuffing, non working squeaker in his tummy. He has replacement amber/black glass eyes, original nose/smiley mouth stitching and original rexine pads (surface worn but not holed). He displays perfectly in vintage style hand knitted waistcoat, knitted by my mum!.
1950s/60s Chad Valley Big Old Teddy Bear "Hugo" - 29 inches!! - £140.00
Hugo is a fabulous big old handsome 1950s/60s antique Chad Valley bear retaining his blue/white Chad Valley label to side seam. A magnificent 29 inches in height, he's a super larger than life character with amber/black plastic eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching and good strong rexine pads with only minor surface wear. Hugo has a little fur loss (mainly arms) but overall good thick coverage of golden mohair retained. Top of left arm has been patched and repaired (please see photo 5). The tearing/weakness to this area was no doubt caused by picking up such a big heavy boy by his arms (always best to always pick a heavy old bear by body rather than arms). Otherwise lovely condition for his years, his growler will give the occasional little mumble too!!. A fabulous old Chad Valley teddy bear who comes smartly turned out in his button up waistcoat!.
1940s British Chad Valley Old Teddy Bear "Emily" with Label - £95.00
Emily is a very pretty 1940s antique Chad Valley bear retaining Chad Valley label to foot (print is worn/faded) and tiny remains of second label to chest seam. 12 inches in height, she has a beautiful expression, original amber/black glass eyes and excellent nose/mouth stitching retained. Pads are the original felt, very good for years, just loose stitching to one toe and heel and small old moth hole to same foot. Emily has lovely coverage of thick golden mohair with just light loss/minor age dust as to be expected. Joints are nice and firm, just a little stiff to legs from non use. Non working squeaker in her tummy. An adorable old Chad Valley teddy bear who comes with old knitted shawl (light fading to underside of shawl). I think Emily would make a lovely gift for someone special!.
RARE 1930s Alpaca Brown Chiltern Hugmee Antique Bear - £110.00
A wonderful old Chiltern character (no label), the antique brown alpaca Chiltern teddy bears seldom come up for sale. Dating to the 1930s, he has original orange and black glass eyes, original nose/mouth stitching (few lost stitches to nose) and remains of his claw stitching too. Arms a little swingy and saggy where stuffing has shifted over the years and there's lots of balding to his alpaca mohair plush but the remaining tufts are a lovely soft milky brown. 16 inches in height, he has his original chocolate velveteen pads which are rubbed but not holed. Dusty with age and area around his squeaker (non working) is grubby and worn into a small ladder. No odours of any kind.
1930s Antique Merrythought Old Teddy Bear "Vincent" with Label - £90.00
Vincent is the sweetest little 1930s antique Merrythought teddy bear with his Merrythought label retained to foot. 11 inches in height, Vincent has original amber/black glass eyes, nose/mouth stitching and most of his claws too!. His golden mohair has plenty of balding from over 80 years of cuddles. His paw pads are original but quite worn with few small holes. Vincent's joints all good and strong, he poses beautifully!. He's a lovely little antique bear with tons of character!. Non working squeaker in his tummy.
1930s Antique Chad Valley Rare Alpaca Old Bear "Bailey" - £110.00
Bailey is a rare 1930s antique Chad Valley alpaca old teddy bear retaining his blue/white embroidered Chad Valley label to foot (label excellent, just slightly detached to one end). 11 inches in height, Bailey has lovely features with shaved muzzle, original glass eyes, nose/mouth stitching retained. His soft clean light brown alpaca has a few bald areas as you can see otherwise very good. He has three replaced felt pads, the foot pad with label is original with couple of small holes. Joints and stuffing good and firm, he poses delightfully!. Possible repair to one ear seam (or maybe just loose stitching) with same colour stitching visible to back of one arm joint. He has non working chest squeaker. Bailey is an adorable old Alpaca boy with such a sweet little serious face!!.
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.
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.
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 and prefers to be supported 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!!.
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.
HUGE 1940s CHILTERN Antique Bear - "Bertha" - RARE 33" - £145.00
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 very much loved during her many years and has plenty of balding and old war wounds to show for it. There's also small marks and old mends to 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. She displays well in her vintage bathing suit and matching hair ribbon.
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 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 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 Antique Old Steiff Bear "Florence" with Ear Button - SOLD
Florence is a very sweet antique Steiff Teddy bear dating to the 1940s. A delightful smaller size of 6.5 inches in height, Florence is a straw stuffed sturdy old bear with nice pronounced snout, long arms, big feet and silver Steiff button to left ear. Her nose and mouth stitching are good, strong and original, claws nearly all there too. Foot pads are the original felt, lightly worn/surface grubby. Fur has wear/thinning but nice for years, all joints nice and tight. Original small glass eyes. She has non working squeaker in her tummy. A wonderful genuine antique Steiff bear, wearing little old tatty scarf!.
1950s Antique Old Steiff Teddy Bear "Agatha" with Ear Button - SOLD
Agatha is a beautiful old Steiff Teddy bear retaining her silver button to left ear. A hard stuffed sturdy old girl, 9 inches in height with lovely kind face, original glass eyes, felt pads, nose/mouth stitching and nice coverage of mohair for her years. Her joints are all good and strong, she has non working squeaker in her tummy. Agatha is tiny bit grubby around the eyes and backing fabric to groin/crotch area has what looks to be applied lipstick? but doesn't spoil her at all. Agatha is a lovely old Steiff teddy bear who displays well in her funny little old shawl/ruff collar!.
Rare 1930s Antique British Pixie Toys Bear "Kevin" with Label - SOLD
Kevin is a very special rare find 1930s antique British "Pixie Toys" bear complete with his immaculate foot label. Pixie Toys bears seldom come up for sale. The company was launched in Stourbridge 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. Kevin is a wonderful big old Pixie Toys bear, 24 inches in height, very solid and sturdy with huge amber black glass eyes, big plush lined ears and original nose/mouth stitching with delightful solemn expression. Kevin has lovely coverage of thick golden mohair and his felt pads are original with the early web claw stitching and perfect Pixie Toys label retained to right foot. Non working growler in his tummy. Such a characterful old bear and fabulous rare piece of British bear making history.
Circa 1910 Early Antique British Wm Terrys Teddy Bear "Laurence" - SOLD
The very early antique British Wm Terry bears rarely come up for sale so I was thrilled to find Laurence who arrived with his brother Monty (Monty now sold). Laurence is 17 inches in height and dates to circa 1910. He's straw stuffed with original glass eyes with the early painted backs (slight wear), re-stitched nose/mouth stitching (professionally done) and old replacement cloth and felt pads (now worn to one heel). Wear and bald areas to his mohair, old mend to tummy seam and small area of wear/mend to snout. Faring pretty well though for over a hundred years old!!. He has non working bellows growler in his tummy.
Circa 1910 Antique British Wm Terrys Bear "Old Monty" - SOLD
The very early antique British Terrys bears rarely come up for sale so I was thrilled to find the outstanding "Old Monty" with his fabulous pronounced snout, long arms and big feet!!. Monty dates to circa 1910, 18 inches in height, he's straw stuffed with amber/black glass eyes (left tiny bit smaller than right on close inspection), perfect original nose and smiley mouth stitching retained and strong original cloth pads (neat old mends to pads). Wear and bald areas to his mohair (mainly torso and arms), couple of small holes and there's old mend to tummy seam but overall lovely condition for over a hundred years old!!. He has non working bellows growler in his tummy.
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!!.
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!!.