Teddy bear identification is key to any serious teddy bear collector, especially as there are some fake antique teddy bears out there. Unfortunately many antique and old bears have lost their labels and tags and this means that other characteristics have to be observed to try and identify the bear's origins. Of course it would be impossible to try and list all of the individual maker bears individual characteristics here See my antique bears pages for individual characteristics.
Poppyscotland is launching an appeal for a series of vintage toys, including a cute teddy bear, for an exhibition next year. Have you seen this teddy bear? Then you could help Poppyscotland put together an exhibition next year to showcase toys produced by veterans in the s.
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As of the s, teddy bears have become collector's items around the world. And some teddies have sold for tens of thousands of dollars if not more. The question is why are people willing to pay such prices for a toy? The answer lies in a few commonalities.
Figure 1. Although bears as toys and novelties were around before this time it is from Novemberwhen Theodore Roosevelt refused to kill a bear cub while on a hunting trip, that their popularity can be dated. The bears come from many sources, including other museums and private collections, and BGMC planned to loan about teddy bears to this exhibition.
I have over 15 years of experience in the world of teddy bears, and it is my favourite topic! When buying vintage or antique ones, it is important to learn the identifying features that help to date them. Whether for the fun of knowing when it was made or for making informed investment decisions, learning about a teddy bear adds to the experience of collecting and helps to guard against buying fake antique ones.
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Reproduction teddy bears are coming closer to originals. Twenty-inch originals comparable to the new sample in Fig. The overall appearance of these new bears has been carefully planned to appear as similar as possible to originals.