I 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.
Please examine the two photos I sent you. They are my favorite bears and have no identification. Could you help me find out who made them and their value today? —Anna Jodway, La Porte, Texas
You have two very nice Steiff teddy bears. The 14-inch teddy is a traditionally designed chubby and desirable fellow from right after World War II. He would bring up to $500 in perfect condition from today’s collectors. The 18-inch teddy is referred to as the original teddy design, which actually came about in the late 1950s when Steiff designed a heart-shaped face. Not as popular as the traditional design, he would bring less than half of what your traditional teddy is worth.
I received my bear in the late 1950s, but I don’t think it was new then. He is 3½ inches tall with a small glass tube in his body. Could you tell me something about his maker and value? —Marilynn Stone, Salinas, Calif.
What a great-looking Schuco perfume bottle teddy from 1930. This little bear was made for a woman’s purse and was quite the thing back in the roaring ’20s. In great condition, collectors pay $500 or so for a vivid gold one like you own.
I recently bought my teddy from a dealer. I think he is American, but can’t be sure. He is 14 inches tall and has a striking ginger color of mohair. Please identify his country of origin and value for me please. —Bernice Read, Lancashire, England
You own a finely done French teddy bear from the 1930–1940 era. The face does have a slight American Ideal resemblance, but I believe this brightly colored teddy was made in France. The value today is in the $300 range.
I am hoping you can help me appraise my bear. He is 20 inches tall with most of his mohair intact, and I believe he is a Bing. I have one of your books and I think he matches one you have very closely. Please let me know. —Karolyn Faets, Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
From down under, what a pleasure to get mail from you! Congratulations, you did identify your teddy correctly. He is a 1912–1919 Bing and is valued in the $3,000 range as shown. The reddish glass eyes are replacements; he would have had clear glass painted orange/brown on the back. You may want to get the proper eyes.
Enclosed is a photo of a bear I recently purchased. I think she was pink at one time, but faded now. Please tell me whatever you can about her. —Karen Garcia, Marina, Calif.
Karen, your 10-inch teddy has a one-piece torso (looks like a peanut shell) originally designed by Bing around 1908. Yours is a Kamar of Japan, who reintroduced this style in the 1950s. Synthetic covering and wire jointing tell us they were mass produced, but few in really good condition surface these days. I would value your Kamar in the $50 range.