Antique Bears & Collectable Bears
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1950s Lovely Old British Chad Valley Bear "Dora" with Label - SOLD
Dora is a very pretty 1950s antique Chad Valley bear retaining her Chad Valley label to right foot (print is faded but still recogniseable). I love this gorgeous girl!, 16 inches in height, with original shaved muzzle, amber/black plastic safety eyes and excellent nose/smiley mouth stitching retained. Pads are the original rexine (lightly worn). Dora has the most beautiful thick curly golden blonde mohair with just light loss. Her curls are fabulous!. Joints are nice and firm so she sits and poses well. Non working growler or squeaker in her tummy. A beautiful old Chad Valley teddy bear who comes with pretty knitted dress and white "ear ribbon".
1950s Antique Pedigree Old Teddy Bear "Woody"- Working Growler! - £79.00
Woody is the most gorgeous happy faced 1950s antique Pedigree teddy bear with working growler in his tummy!. 18 inches in height, he's a wonderful tubby cuddly boy with original glass eyes, good nose/mouth stitching retained and original velveteen pads (light wear to pads but nothing major). Woody is a sturdy old bear with nice heavy feel to him, all joints nice and tight. There's bald areas to his thick golden mohair and repair to one shin on the seam otherwise a lovely fluffy boy!. Woody wears gorgeous cuddly cardigan which suits him perfectly. He has just the tiniest remains of his label to back shoulder seam.
1940s Antique British Chad Valley Old Teddy Bear "Rufus" - SOLD
Rufus is an adorable 1940s antique Chad Valley old teddy bear (no label) with such a thoughtful little face!!. 16 inches in height, he has lovely features with amber/black glass eyes and excellent nose/mouth stitching retained. Rufus is completely straw stuffed so has a nice heavy traditional feel to him. His mohair has a few bald areas after all these years otherwise pretty good for his age. Pads are the original rexine, these are a little surface worn but nothing major. Joints and stuffing are good and firm. He has non working chest squeaker.
1940s Antique British Invicta (Farnell) Old Teddy Bear "Godfrey" - £90.00
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 16 inches in height with the most gorgeous cuddly "wooly plush" fur in beautiful clean condition for years. This wonderful old Invicta bear has original glass eyes, the early "painted back" kind in a delightful deepest amber (very "lion-like") and Invicta's trademark pinky brown nose/mouth stitching - all excellent!. Such a handsome old ted, so cuddly and sturdy (and dare we say a little chubby!!). Godfrey has non working chest squeaker. No label.
1930s Antique Pedigree Teddy Bear "Goatee"- Rare Red label - £105.00
Goatee is a beautiful smiley 1930s antique Pedigree bear with handsome little "goatee beard" and rarely found red/white embroidered "Made in England" label to top back seam!. 22 inches in height, Goatee has glass eyes, good nose/mouth stitching and original velveteen pads with all claws still intact. Goatee is a little floppy in the joints but still sits very elegantly on his own and strikes up a lovely pose when he's in the mood!. Goatee has bald areas to his long golden mohair, his pads have small holes and there's patched area to one footpad/heel. He wears smart blue buttoned waistcoat knitted by my mum. Goatee is one of those special characters that comes along once in a while who always brings a smile!.
1940s/50s Large Old British Chad Valley Teddy Bear "Rory" - £125.00
Rory is a fabulous big old handsome 1940s/50s antique Chad Valley bear retaining Royal warrant to Queen Chad Valley label to right foot which dates him to pre-1953 (left foot label missing). A magnificent 19 inches in height, he's a super character with original glass eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching, clipped muzzle and good original felt pads (just light wear and couple small holes). Rory has gorgeous coverage of thick golden mohair, just a little lighter to front I'd say. His joints have grown a bit floppy over the years but he sill sits and poses well. Non working growler or squeaker in his tummy. A beautiful old Chad Valley teddy bear who comes with cuddly long blue knitted scarf.
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!!.
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.
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!.
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!!.
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.
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!!.
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 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/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!.
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!.
RARE 1930s/40s Antique BLUE Chiltern Old Teddy Bear - "Brian" - SOLD
Brian is a gorgeous rare find antique blue old Chiltern teddy bear (no label) dating to circa 1930s/40s. 18 inches in height, he's an extremely handsome old blue bear with all original clear glass eyes, nose, mouth stitching and pads original too. Overall good mohair coverage for years although couple of bald areas, mainly to upper right chest area. Colour has faded over the years, I can see mohair is a deeper blue inside the joints but still a fabulous rare bear who really stands out from the crowd!!. His stuffing is has worn saggy to arms and slightly squishy to tummy too otherwise good and strong with nice firm joints retained. Brian wear fabulous vintage style waistcoat, colours suit him perfectly!.
Antique 1950s Old Chiltern 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.
Fabulous Early British Antique Bear "Arthur" in Sailor Suit - SOLD
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. He does have wear and bald areas to his mohair (mainly back torso and arms), couple of small holes/tiny neat repairs too. So 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.
1930s Merrythought Bear "Percy" - Label/Ear Button - SOLD
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.
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!!.