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Teddies Reviewed

Teddy bear expert Ken Yenke identifies and appraises old bears.



Teddies Reviewed: April 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ken Yenke   
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 00:00

24-inch white mohair Cramer teddy dateing from around 1930I was offered nearly $5,000 for my bear several years ago and I am wondering if it is really worth that today. —Jennifer Boyd, Sugar Grove, Ill.

What a great-looking bear! Jennifer, you have a 24-inch white mohair Cramer teddy that dates from around 1930. In wonderful condition, collectors would certainly pay in the $4,000 to $5,000 range to buy such a lovely and hard-to-find specimen! Congratulations on owning such a prize.

 
Teddies Reviewed: February 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 February 2008 00:00

Valentine’s teddy fashioned of bright pink colored shaggy mohair, typical of the Roaring TwentiesThis is a photo of myself with my teddy bear around 1930. Do you know who made him and what is he worth today? —June Studer, Smithville, Ohio

June, your Valentine’s teddy is fashioned of bright pink colored shaggy mohair, typical of the Roaring Twenties. The ears are not sewn on but stuck in pre-sliced holes.

 
Teddies Reviewed: December 2007 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 December 2007 00:00

Japanese KAMAR teddy dating from the late 1950s and early 1960sI have this sweet old bear who stands 9 inches tall. Can you tell me about his maker, age and value? —Anna Graber, Massillon, Ohio

Anna, you have a Japanese KAMAR teddy dating from the late 1950s and early 1960s. This little bear was one of the most popular imports from Japan at the time, selling for little more than a dollar. Today, in great condition, they bring $75 or more.

 
Teddies Reviewed: October 2007 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 October 2007 00:00

1906 Steiff teddy bearJoel Leachko, of Hiram, Ohio, inherited this 14-inch teddy from a great uncle. He would like to know more about it.

Joel, your 1906 Steiff teddy is just simply gorgeous! It is a blond mohair with rust-colored nose and claws. In generally good condition, it has a retail market value in the $5,000-plus category. Treasure your treasure!

 
Teddies Reviewed: August 2007 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

10-inch Aetna teddy bearI acquired this sweet old teddy bear who is only 10 inches tall. Could you identify the type of bear, or where he was made, and value? —Michele Behan, Severna Park, Md.

Michele, your early American teddy bear was made by the excellent crafters named Aetna. The 10-inch size is referred to as doll-size because they were intended to replace little dolls of that popular day, in 1907. The nose appears to be original, but there is a lot of missing mohair. The eyes are also original blown glass with amber irises. Value, as shown, is up to $500. Very sweet teddy!

 
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