|Date/Era/Period:||early 20th century???|
|Description:||NO MARKINGS AT ALL, NO TORN TAGS, NO TAGS. Stuffed Bear: We think it is about 100 years old.. It appears to be stuffed with woodshavings?its head is jointed?? Its legs and arms are jointed. Square nose pointy face? Maybe glass eyes. Pads on hands and feet unusal different then I could find. It measures 20 inchs and one leg is a touch longer.|
|Condition:||Good for age not restored un-touched. Fur is slightly worn|
|Origin:||Given as a gift from a collector over 20yrs. ago|
|Appraised By:||Leslie Russell|
|History Of The Item:||Teddy Bears were named for a president of the United States. The first tedy bear was a cuddly toy said to be inspired by a hunting trip made by Teddy Roosevelt in 1902. Morris & Rose Michtom started selling their stuffed bears as "teddy bears" and the name stayed. The Michtoms founded the Ideal Novelty & Toy Company. The German version of the teddy bear was made about the same time by the Steiff Co. There are many types of teddy bears and all are collected. The old ones now, are being reproduced.|
|Appraiser Tips:||Collectors look for long snouts, jointed limbs, large feet and felt paws, long curving arms, and glass or shoe button eyes. Most old bears have a humped back and are made of mohair stuffed with straw or excelsior. Cute expressions, original clothes, a nice personality and, of course good condition ad to their value.
Your cinnamon mohair "fella" appears to have glass eyes, and a hump back. He is fully jointed and looks to be in very good condition. He is at least 90yrs old.
|Research Sources:||Kovels 37th edition Antiques & Collectibles
Schroeder's 21st edition Antiques price guide
|Appraiser Comments:||Without any markings we cannot identify your bear's maker. Strauss, Anker-Munich, Bing, Bruin, Chiltern, Clemes, Farnell, Hecla, Hermann, Ideal, Schuco, Steiff, are several of the early teddy bear manufacturers.
If your bear were marked or you have provenance (some type of paperwork indicating where it purchased,etc) this value would at least triple.
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