Teddyroom by Marina Kachan

By ace | February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hello, my name is Marina Kachan and Teddyroom is a great part of my life. I work as a teddy bear artist for 7 years. My first profession was an engineer at a power supply company. I began to create teddy bears when a company in which I worked was closed and I was left […]

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Elina`s Bears by Elina Oplakanska

By ace | January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

My name is Elina Oplakanska, my trading name is Elina`s Bears. I’m an architect and illustrator and I like art so much. It is my job and life. I like to change where i live regularly because for me it’s a big inspiration. I like to travel and to take photos and to make drawings. […]

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Shaz Bears by Sharon Hale

By ace | January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

I am Sharon Hale and I’m 47 years old. Many thanks for taking the time to check out my bears.I have been busy during the last 19 years making a large number of original mohair bears. I want to thank my mum Julie. Without her support, I possibly would have not fulfilled my big dream of having a business […]

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AKiSa-Bears by Anja Kiehnle-Sacher

By ace | January 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

As with many others, craftsmanship also started already with me in my childhood. Still today I see the hands of my grandmother on mine when we sat together on her corner seat and, even before I started school, she taught me crochet work and knitting. Handicrafts accompanied me over and over again throughout my live. […]

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How To Make A Teddy Bear Tutorial

By ace | August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today I’m going to show you how to make a stuffed bear using the bear kits that Wendy sells on her website shiny happy world. These are really easy to do and you can make one in less than an hour. When you get your kit in the mail this is what’s going to look […]

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Handmade Collectible Artist Teddy Bears

By ace | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Teddy Bear isn’t just a plaything, but a collectible for many individuals all over the world. Every Bear has its personality and mood; it really is one of a kind. Known around the globe as a “Teddy Bear”, bears are going through a renaissance. Rare types of both old and new collectable bears are real artworks that are a way to obtain pleasure for most collectors.

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Gebrüder Bing

By ace | May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Gebr BING, manufactures, and markets common teddies, dolls, trains and toys and games. Early History Ignaz and Adolf Bing established Gebrüder Bing in Nürnberg, Germany in 1865 as a tin and kitchenware supplier. Around 1890 the business began making enameled toys and games. In 1907 Gebrüder Bing made their initial bears, signing up for the […]

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How Old Is My Jakas Teddy Bear?

By Jo Whyte | August 18, 2012 | 23 Comments

‘BIg Ted’     The Jakas company began producing teddy bears in the late 1950s, in Melbourne. 1950s-The earliest teddies were distinctively different to those made from the 1960s on-wards. Fully jointed, and with brown glass eyes, they were made from a wool/synthetic fabric, with woven fabric for the pads (possibly being reversed pieces of […]

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Joy Toys-A 1970s Catalogue

By Jo Whyte | March 10, 2012 | 15 Comments

In the early 1970s, Joy Toys was competing in a changed market. The removal of tariffs meant that toys produced more cheaply in Asia were able to flood the market, and this led to the closure of a large proportion of what had previously been very successful Australian toy companies. This catalogue, produced in about […]

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Schuco (Schreyer) Toy Company

By Jo Whyte | January 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Schreyer Toy Company, more commonly known as Schuco, flourished during the first half of the twentieth century. It was founded in 1912 by Heinrich Muller who, after an apprenticeship with Gebruder Bing (toymakers), began his toy company with Heinrich Schreyer. In 1913 Schreyer introduced it’s first range of soft toys, which were wheeled animals, […]

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 Some Teddy Bear History

Teddy bears are among the most cuddled and much loved of youngsters buddies, however they are fairly new in the wonderful world of toys. The story of their origins are just about the most well-known. When President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt failed to make a kill on a hunting journey in November of 1902, his companions captured a bear cub and tied it to a tree to provide him a unmissable target. The President wouldn't take the shot. Rather, he proclaimed, "Spare the bear! I'll not shoot a tethered animal." Washington Post writer Clifford K. Berryman immortalised the picture when he drew it in a political cartoon for the paper. Soon after, Brooklyn store proprietors  Rose and Morris  Michtom produced a stuffed bear doll, known as "Teddy's Bear," and positioned it in their shop window with the cartoon. The bear was a hit, and prompted the Michtoms to discovered the perfect Novelty and Toy Company.

Subsequently, about the same time in Germany, Richard Steiff made a soft plaything bear for his aunt, Margarete Steiff, who operated a large toy factory. Steiff's concept for the bear, known as a Bar 55PB, originated from his drawings of the creatures at the Stuttgart Zoo. An United states wholesaler, George Borgfeldt, found out  about it at the Leipzig Toy Fair in 1903, and immediately purchased three thousand of these. By WWI, Steiff had sold an incredible number of these toys in the usa, England and Germany. Steiff bears produced between 1903 and 1905 are the most-desirable today. They feature humpbacks, long snouts, long hands with curved paws, and large tapered feet-after 1905, the trademark Steiff button was sewn to their ears. 

 

The earliest Ideal teddies, which may also be highly valued, look completely different; they have triangular in shape faces, chubby bodies, and long straight arms and legs. The peak of teddie production was between 1906 and 1908, during Roosevelt's 2nd term. Alongside regular bears, producers developed novelty models, just like the 1907 Laughing Roosevelt Bear by the Columbia Teddy Bear Business, which highlighted the president's big teeth. The 1917 Patriotic Bear, produced during WWI, was red, white, and glowing blue and had electric lights for eyes. Before WWII, numerous new teddy-bear manufacturers started production. In Germany, 

 

Bing produced mechanised bears while Schuco produced  tiny bears. Hermann bears out of this period are also collectable. In the UK, Dean's began producing bear toys in 1915, while Merrythought entered the industry in 1930. J.K. Farnell made the initial "Winnie the Pooh" purchased for Christopher Robin in 1921. Additional early-century teddy-bear makers consist of Harwin & Co.,  William J. Terry, Chad Valley, and Chiltern in England; Knickerbocker, Aetna, Bruin  and Gund in the usa; and Joy Toys in Australia. Following the war, the U.S. marketplace was plagued with inexpensive plush toys from Chinese production facilities. By the finish of the '60s, the original teddy bear appeared to be on the brink of extinction. However when teddy bear collector Peter Bull released his 1969 book on his preoccupation, fascination with old-fashioned bears increased. Christie's hosted the initial auction specialized in antique and vintage teddies in 1985, exactly the same year the Teddy Bear Performers Guild was established in the usa. As a result of the fascination with old style teddy bears, there are a great number of deliberate reproductions available. They often feature components of the old teddies, like long arms, back  humps, and straw stuffing, however in the wrong combinations, they appear suspiciously unauthentic. Knowing the features of antique bears may help you distinguish the knockoffs. As an example, vintage teddies were most often crafted from wool mohair. Silk plush bears were introduced around 1930, but cotton plush wasn't used until after WWII and synthetics did not show up before the 1950s. The initial bears have boot-button eye. In the 1920s, glass eye had become the most prevalent, during the 1950s eyes were manufactured from plastic. Each company had its distinctive nose stitching-earlier noses had been sewn out of woven silk. The earliest antique teddies are hard-filled with excelsior, also called wood wool. If a antique bear is light, it had probably been filled with fibers from the kapok tree. Bears filled up with foam are modern. Are you aware that paws, the ones on classic bears had pads manufactured from felt or cotton, even though cotton would have worn out by now and been replaced. Velvet and rexine (a phony leather) were also useful for paw pads beginning in the late 1930s.