Antique Bears & Collectable Bears
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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 Farnell "Listen with Mother" Toffee Bear - £145.00
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!!.
Antique Chad Valley Old Teddy Bear "Bertram"- Huge 27 inches!! - £150.00
Dating to the 1950s, Bertram is the most handsome antique Chad Valley bear, a fabulous large size of 27 inches in height!!. This lovely big old friendly bear has the most gorgeous kindly face, he'll make an outstanding addition to any "hug"!!. Bertram has original amber/black plastic safety eyes, "coal" shaped nose and nice smiley mouth hiding underneath his fur!!. His beautiful golden mohair is soft and thick, excellent coverage for years and foot pads are the original chocolate brown velveteen. His big feet are fabulous!!.. very large with carded soles so they've kept their shape perfectly, all claws still intact too. Bertram's growler still gives a little mumble when he's shaken too!!. He would have originally had a foot label but still retains his Chad Valley label to right side seam as shown.
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.
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.
Antique British Alpha FARNELL Old Teddy Bear "Rosemary" - £135.00
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.
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.
Antique 1930s British Chiltern Old Teddy Bear "Hector" - £110.00
Hector is a very sweet old antique Chiltern teddy bear (no label) with the most endearing little face (even cuter in real life!). Hector dates to the 1930s, he's 14 inches in height with amber/black glass eyes, all "hook" nose/smiley mouth stitching retained and original cloth woven pads. Hector has areas of balding/sparseness to his soft golden mohair and his squeaker protrudes a little underneath his fur but overall a totally adorable old teddy bear, very clean for his many years too!. His joints are tiny bit floppy with age but he still sits nicely and poses beautifully as you can see!!. Wearing soft fluffy scarf knitted by my mum, this is a fabulous old Chiltern character from the 1930s, Hector has the sweetest gentle expression!.
1950s Antique Chad Valley Bear "Lionel" - Working Squeaker!! - £80.00
Lionel is the cutest little antique Chad Valley teddy bear, 12 inches in height, he has original amber black plastic safety eyes, good nose and mouth stitching retained and partial label to side seam. Lionel has nice coverage of mohair for his years with just slight thinning and a little wear around squeaker to tummy. His squeaker is still fully working after all these years!!. He has adorable pointy feet, excellent original velveteen pads and almost all his claws. Lionel wears nice soft fluffy knitted scarf knitted by my mum. A very old sweet faced Chad Valley bear in nice smaller size.
1950s Antique Chad Valley Teddy Bear "Albert" with Label - £89.00
Albert is the sweetest little antique Chad Valley teddy bear, 11 inches in height, he has original glass eyes, coal shaped nose, happy mouth and retains his slightly grubby but readable Chad Valley label to side seam. Albert has very good coverage of thick soft mohair, just a little wear around squeaker to tummy (squeaker non working). He has adorable pointy feet and all his original velveteen pads. Albert wears delightful bobbly waistcoat knitted by my mum!. A really delightful little 1950s Chad Valley bear, such a sweet little boy in lovely smaller size.
1930s Antique Chad Valley Rare Alpaca Old Bear "Bailey" - SOLD
Bailey is a rare 1930s antique Chad Valley alpaca old teddy bear retaining his red/white embroidered Chad Valley label to foot. 12 inches in height, Bailey has lovely features with shaved muzzle, original glass eyes, nose/mouth stitching and almost all his claws too!, His soft clean light brown alpaca has areas of balding and sparseness mainly back of head and limbs. He has two replaced felt hands pads, the foot pads are original with wear and couple of holes. Joints and stuffing good and firm. He has non working chest squeaker. Bailey is a delightful old Alpaca boy with such a sweet little serious face!!.
Vintage Gabrielle Paddington, Luggage Label & Tag!! - £110.00 (RESERVED)
Lovely rare find original vintage Gabrielle Paddington bear complete with his luggage label, Gabrielle card tag, outfit and "PB" wellies (not the Dunlop ones). 18 inches in height, Paddington himself has light dust from storage otherwise excellent condition for his years. Duffle coat has colour fading and quite a few old moth holes (please study photos), couple of small marks to wellies and hat surface dusty. Both his card tags are original and complete, light creasing to luggage tag.
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.
Antique Chiltern Hugmee Bear "Little Mickey" - Rare Smaller Size - SOLD
Chiltern's smaller sized Hugmee series bears rarely come up for sale, Little Mickey here is a dainty 11 inches in height!. Dating to the 1940s, Little Mickey has original glass eyes, perfect nose/mouth, rexine pads (surface worn) and non working sqeaker in his tummy. Little Mickey's golden mohair is clean but very sparse from many years of cuddles. No label. He has the most endearing little face, I love this gorgeous boy!!.
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!!.
1950s Antique British Golden Mohair Teddy Bear "Titch" - £49.00
Titch is a very sweet 1950s old English teddy bear, smartly dressed in very old knitted waistcoat. 11 inches in height, Titch is a "stiff neck" bear with one piece head/body and chubby jointed "sausage" limbs with sweet pointy little feet!. He has original glass eyes, nose, mouth and claw stitching (mouth stitch loose) and fully working squeaker in his tummy. Titch has thinning to his soft golden mohair, mostly to tummy area around squeaker but overall good clean condition for his years.
Antique 1920s/30s Straw Stuffed Old American Bear "Lincoln" - £125.00
Lincoln is a very handsome antique straw stuffed American teddy bear dating to the 1920s/30s. These early American bears are often known as "stick bears" due to their long thin bodies and straight sausage like limbs. Lincoln is a lovely example of good quality, 17 inches in height with original glass eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching and original felt pads (small area to one hand exposing a little hole of straw). A few areas of balding, mainly to arms but overall fur is good, soft and very clean. Non working squeaker in his tummy. Lincoln has small round disc joints as opposed to the pin joints of the cheap stick bears. His legs are ever so slightly swingy but he poses well and will mainly sit unaided, Lincoln wears old lace "collar" fastening at front with pin and tinkling brass bell!.
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! - £65.00
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.
Antique 1930s Chad Valley Magna Old Bear "Dickens" - SOLD
Dickens is an adorable old well loved antique Chad Valley MAGNA series bear (no label) dating to the 1930s. 20 inches in height, he has original glass eyes, nose, mouth and some of his claws remaining too. Dickens has bald and sparse areas to his dark golden mohair, old darning to couple of his cloth pads and slightly saggy to tum and arms where stuffing has shifted over the years. His joints are all good and strong, Dickens poses well as you can see!!. A fabulous old character, I love the early Magnas!.
1950s Chiltern Old Squeaking Teddy Bear "Dolly" - SOLD
Dolly is a very pretty 1950s Chiltern teddy bear (no label), nicely presented in vintage crochet dress and matching hair ribbon.17 inches in height. Dolly is fully jointed with original plastic eyes and nose, velveteen pads and fully working squeaker in her tummy. Her mohair is thick and soft, light age dust (minor) but overall superb condition for her years. Joints and stuffing all good and firm, she poses well.
1950s Antique Chad Valley Old Teddy Bear "Buddy" with 2 Labels - £78.00
Buddy is a very sweet antique British Chad Valley bear dating to the 1950s. 15 inches in height, he's fully jointed and completely all original with glass eyes, rexine pads (surface wear to rexine but no holes) and non working squeaker in his tummy. Buddy's fur has bald areas but still a fair coverage remains. Joints all good, he poses well in his smart stripey knitted bow tie. He has Chad Valley "by appointment to HM Queen Elizabeth" foot label and also retains his narrow fabric chest label (chest label is tattty and unreadable).
1950s/60s Pedigree Golden Mohair Old Teddy Bear "Billy"- £75.00
Billy is 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). Some thinning/balding but overall good clean condition for years, Billy wears nice nice warm scarf knitted by my mum. He no longer has his Pedigree label.
1950s Antique British Bear "Beryl" - Chubby Girl! - SOLD
Beryl is a 24 inch antique English golden mohair bear dating to the 1950s, A very tubby old girl with short stocky rounded limbs and big fat tummy!!. She's a heavy, firmly stuffed ted with large amber/black plastic eyes, nice nose/mouth stitching and big cup ears!. Beryl has old darns to seams, fairly sparse mohair and she's swingy in the joints but still strikes up a good pose when she's in the mood!. The plush pads are original, slight wear to plush and lightly grubby. Beryl wears short sleeve pink cardigan and matching hair ribbon.
1950s Antique Chiltern Hugmee Old Teddy Bear "Daniel" - SOLD
Daniel is the sweetest faced 1950s antique Chiltern teddy bear (no label). 11 inches in height, he's fully jointed with original glass eyes, nose, mouth, claw stitching and velveteen pads, all very good. Daniel has beautiful thick golden mohair, very clean and soft. Firmly stuffed and all joints are good and strong. Non working squeaker in his tummy. Daniel displays perfectly in his old knitted vest with drawstring neck tie. he's adorable!.
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!
Rare Antique German Schuco Cinammon Bear with Growler "Bertie" - £150.00
Dating to circa 1950s, Bertie is an outstanding condition antique German Schuco bear (no label) with fully working growler in his tummy (very loud and clear!). Bertie is 19 inches in height, he's fully jointed with black plastic button eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching and thick plush pads with just tiny bit of fur loss to right hand. Bertie has stunning rare cinnamon and cream mohair, he's been cleaned by professional teddy restorer so his extra thick long thick fur is "like new", very clean and soft, you can't help but cuddle him!. Bertie is completely straw stuffed so he's a very solid, sturdy ted with good weight to him. Limb joints all good, neck joint just slightly stiff after all these years, Bertie is a beautiful example of the 1950s German Schuco cinnamon bear with such fabulous fur coverage, the nicest example I've seen.
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.
Large 1930s/40s Antique British Chiltern Old Teddy Bear "Winston" - £135.00
Winston is a magnificent large antique English Chiltern bear (no label) dating to circa 1930s/40s. 24 inches in height, he has amber/black glass eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching and wears old stripey ribbon 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!.
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 Antique British Pixie Toys Old Bear "Doris" - £115.00
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!.
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/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 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.
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!.
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!!.
Large 1950s Antique Chad Valley Old Bear "Curly Ernie"- SOLD
Curly Ernie is a fabulous large 1950s antique Chad Valley teddy bear retaining partial Royal Warrant foot label and full Chad Valley chest label to centre seam. 22 inches in height, Ernie has original glass eyes, coal shaped nose, happy smiling mouth and excellent thick curly golden mohair. His felt hand pads are well matched replacements, foot pads are original with thinning to felt. Joints and stuffing all good and firm, he has non working growler in his tummy. Ernie is a magnificent large old Chad Valley teddy bear, perfect for display in sailor collar and knitted hat over one ear!.
1930s Large Antique Chiltern Old Bear "Agatha" - Amazing Condition!! - SOLD
Agatha is an early 1930s straw stuffed Chiltern bear in fabulous condition for her years!. 20 inches in height, Agatha is a solid, sturdy old bear, completely all original with the early painted back clear glass eyes (slight paintwear to backs as to be expected), perfect upwards "hook" nose/mouth stitching and excellent brush cotton pads. Agatha has the most superb thick golden mohair, very clean, soft and bright - even more gorgeous in real life!!. Her joints and stuffing are good and firm. Agatha was obviously very well treasured to have remained in such lovely condition today. She displays so elegantly complete with old flower head decoration and antique lace and net "scarf". Worthy of the most elite "hug", Agatha is a very special old girl indeed!.
1930s Antique Merrythought Old Teddy Bear "Harvey" with Label - SOLD
Harvey is a totally gorgeous 1930s Merrythought antique bear with "Merrythought - Hygienic Toys - Made in England" label to foot. This very handsome old Merrythought teddy bear is 18.5 inches in height with amber/black glass eyes, excellent smiley mouth and early "hook" stitched nose stitching retained. Harvey has small amount of balding but overall excellent thick clean fur coverage for years. He has original felt pads with early webbed paws (pads have thinning and small holes to one hand). Non working growler/squeaker in his tummy. Harvey has repaired neck disk but head still turns nicely and can't be seen under his ribbon. Label has a few loose stitches to one end. A beautiful antique Merrythought teddy bear for display, I'm a huge fan of early Merrythought's!!.
Antique 1930s Deans Mouse eared Teddy Bear "Roland" - SOLD
Roland is the most adorable old antique Deans bear with bags of character and gorgeous big "mouse ears" (I love Dean's mouse ears bears!!). He dates to the 1930s, 13 inches in height, he has amber/black glass eyes, excellent nose/mouth stitching retained, old replacement "mummy made" pads and a few of his claws still intact too. Roland has balding/sparse areas to his soft golden mohair and non working squeaker in his tummy. His joints are all good and strong for years, he poses well!. Roland has no visible label but may be under one of his mummy pads. Wearing soft fluffy scarf knitted by my mum, this is a fabulous old Deans bear from the 1930s with the most beautiful face!!.
Antique 1930s Chad Valley Magna Old Bear "McKenzie" - 21 inches - SOLD
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!.
Antique BLUE Chiltern Bear "Blue" - 1930s/40s - SOLD
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.
1930s Antique Merrythought Bear "William" - Ear Button - SOLD
William is a 1930s antique Merrythought bear with his early Merrythought "Wishbone" button retained to right ear. 17 inches in height, William has amber/black glass eyes, "drop corner" nose/mouth stitching, webbed claws and good strong original cloth pads. William's mohair is sparse, grubby to tum and nose but fur still nice and fluffy to back. He no longer has foot label but Merrythought ear button is still nice and clear. William has non working squeaker in his tummy. He wears smart stripey coat knitted by my mum.
Antique 1940s/50s Chiltern Hugmee Bear "Grantley" - SOLD
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/60s Antique German Old Steiff Bear "Chester" with Button - SOLD
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.
1950s Large Chiltern Hugmee Old Teddy Bear "Gregory" - 22 inches - SOLD
Gregory is an adorable big old friendly 1950s Chiltern Hugmee teddy bear (no label) with the most endearing expression!!. 22 inches in height. Gregory is fully jointed with original plastic eyes and nose, rexine pads (surface worn) and non working squeaker in his tummy. His golden mohair has light thinning/loss but overall good, thick and clean. Joints and stuffing all nice and firm, he poses well. Gregory comes with his handsome stripey waistcoat knitted by my mum.