Joel 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!
Diane Baer, of Pompano Beach, Fla., loves to see the items that appear in Teddies Reviewed each issue. She thought her tiger was special enough to be evaluated.
Diane, you have a fine example of the 1950s version of a running tiger made by Steiff. Yours is 7 inches long, and in perfect condition they are valued in the $100 to $150 range. If you like him, you can look for his larger version, which is about 12 inches long.
Susan Howard, of Pointe Clare, Quebec, provided a photo of a teddy that she has been unable to identify. It is 15 inches tall and has webbed claws.
Susan, one of my all-time favorite makers is the Farnell company of England. You have a sweet example of one of its World War I versions. There is no mistaking that great face! The current value is in the $1,000 to $1,500 range.
Kathy McWhite, of Dove Creek, Colo., thinks her bear (right) dates back to 1901 or 1902. She is not a collector, and a friend passed it to her. She wants to know whatever I can tell her about the bear.
Kathy, your 8-inch teddy was made by the Cramer company of Germany around 1930. It has a uniquely fashioned heart-shaped face with standing feet. Your bear was named Bearkin and was one of the most popular little teddies of his day, and even came with a suitcase full of different outfits from the F.A.O. Schwarz store. He is worth more than $1,000 today.
Cameile Sabin, of Rochester, Wash., wants some help in evaluating her bear. She took it to an antique road show in Tacoma a couple of years ago, but no one was able to identify or price it. “All they know was it was not a Steiff, and it might be worth $1,000. Would you be able to help me?” she asked.
Cameile, you have one of my favorite teddy bears, the Schuco yes/no. Yours is 17 inches and was made in the 1930s. If perfect, it could sell for a few thousand dollars, but with the mohair loss and pad repair needed, it still would be worth up to $1,500. In the toy world, I rate the Schuco yes/no (nonverbal) talking bear as one of the greatest toys ever made.