I enjoy reading Teddy Bear Review, especially your column. Would you tell me more about the teddy bear I recently acquired, which has a green badge on its chest that reads “BERG”? —Jim Van Lieu, Hamilton, Ohio
Jim, your 17-inch teddy hails from Austria. BERG is one of the premium makers from there, especially in the 1950s and ’60s. Your bear resembles Steiff, and the company’s quality was quite good. Your teddy, in great condition, is valued in the $300 range today.
My teddy bear is 16 inches tall and has a darkish-color mohair. Could you help me identify his maker and age? —Sarah Drury, Nashville, Tenn.
Sarah, you have an unusual color we describe as charcoal mohair. In the 1930s, Knickerbocker produced this less-seen teddy, and in excellent condition collectors will pay a few hundred dollars for a nice example like yours.
This bear has been in our family for years, but we have never found out how old he is or where he came from. Thank you for any help you might give us. —Celty Kearney, Brownwood, Texas
Celty, you have a 1930–1940 Hermann teddy bear. The shorter arms are signs of post-Depression manufacturing. Your cute 18-inch teddy, nattily dressed, is worth around $250 today.
This is a picture of a teddy bear I received as a child in 1953. He is 12 inches tall and has a cloth tag on his arm that says “U.S. Zone Germany.” Could you tell me his current value? —Margie Hale, Savannah, Ga.
Margie, you are the proud owner of a Steiff “Teddy Baby” bear. They are quite popular, possessing an open mouth and a magnetic personality. In generally good condition, your teddy is worth $500 or so. By the way, the U.S. Zone tag was used from 1948 to 1953, which is a great item to have on your bear.
Enclosed find a picture of a bear, which has been in our family since 1942. Our uncle sent him from Alaska when he was stationed there over 50 years ago. The bear is 18 inches long and has no tags. —Virginia Lorbeer, Aurora, Colo.
Virginia, you have a purple silk plush bear dating from around 1940. There were many companies that made a “pillow” bear like yours. They were stuffed with kapok, with no joints, and served as a nice pillow. You could check around and find an eye to match the one he has, and the value would be around $75 today.
Please find the enclosed picture of my 20-inch teddy bear. He is excelsior and kapok stuffed and has one glass eye and one plastic. Can you help me find an eye and tell me more about this teddy? —Ed Simard, Fall Rivers, Mass.
Ed, as you know, I helped you get the two correct eyes for your great Knickerbocker teddy. With both eyes and in great condition, your 1920–1930 example is worth about $400.