Brother and Sister Bears


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Brother and Sister Bears

Brother and Sister Bears

Brother and Sister Bears

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These two bears have always been called Brother and Sister Bear because they came into our family together. They were possibly brought back from Germany by my father who travelled there a lot and generally brought us presents back on his return (although as we were very small children that may not be correct- he may have brought them in England on his way back!) There are no labels or marks on either of them and I don’t think there ever was so it’s difficult to say where they came from. They date from the late 1950's very early 1960's. They would have been the same originally but as you can see have developed different personalities over the years. They have always been kept together and I like the way they have aged in this way to look different, in fact Sister Bear always looks like she is smiling! They are a fawny brown colour and are 18cm/11ins tall. Their stuffing feels soft rather than crunchy but they are packed quite firmly.When you press their tummies their mouths open and you can feel some kind of mechanism inside which moves their mouth in the same way a clothes peg would be pressed at the bottom and open at the top. I don’t think they ever made a noise and the mechanism inside feels like it’s working properly. They both have little tails which are very sweet. They also both have a brown knot on the back of their neck. This doesn't seem to have anything to do with holding their heads on so maybe they originally had ribbons around their neck? I can't remember. They are machine made I think but nicely put together. Their noses are made from felt and their mouths are stitched. Both have red felt inside their mouths and a brown material on their paws. I think their eyes are just plastic rather than glass. Their eyes are the same colour-orange. They now just live in the attic which seems such a shame for such happy bears, so I would really like to sell them (as a pair of course)but I have no idea whether they are worth anything to anyone else but me. I have had a good look on line but haven’t been able to find any bears that look the same so I would love to know a little more about them before they set off on a new adventure together!

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Jan 23, 2017
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by: Jayne

I was given my teddy in 1954. Definitely English. But unfortunately I have not been able to find its roots either. I was so thrilled to find the two of you searching as I am. It would indecate that maybe there are not so many of our faithful teddies.

Jan 08, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Thanks so much for commenting on my post. It makes sense that my teddies could date from the early 1950's as they may have originally been given to my older brother and sister and then passed down to me. Like yours, their mouths also still open and close, which I agree is great fun for little ones.
They are in good condition for their age, but that's because they have been in the attic which seems a shame. If nobody wants to buy them, then maybe it is time I found a better place for downstairs!

Jan 08, 2017
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by: Anonymous

I would suggest your bears are early 1950's. As I was given one in 1954, as my first teddy, none of my family travelled to Germany. So I am thinking now that it is English. I too have been trying to source my teddies roots. But have had no luck. Mine sits in my bedroom, although your two look in better condition. My grandchildren still play with mine. They love the fact that the mouth opens to bite their little fingers. I am sorry I am unable to help you. But so thrilled to have found another the same. My one is more of a golden colour though.

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