Please help identify this teddy bear

by Bob
(KCMO, US)

Front view of my teddy bear

Front view of my teddy bear

Front view of my teddy bear
my teddy bear
back view
side view of my bear

The bear was purchased in 1956, so it's been in the family for 57 years.


It has a short plastic muzzle. Unlike most teddy bears I've seen, this bear's mouth is open in a warm, friendly smile.

The nose is plastic -- part of the flesh-colored snout along with the open, red, smiling mouth

The eye are glass, with brown irises and black pupils.

This is a soft bear, obviously stuffed, but the stitching remains intact even after 57 years, so the type of stuffing remains a mystery. When you squeeze the bear, it feels firmer than modern stuffed bears, but still yields in a smooth steady motion; much like pressing your fingers into your stomach. The are no lumps or texture that can be felt inside the bear.

The bear is a little over twelve inches tall when standing. Both the legs and arms move, so the bear sits comfortable on the shelf.

The bear has a faded ribbon tied in a bow around its next; and the brown glass eyes and plastic, smiling snout mentioned earlier. Otherwise, it is all soft brown fur, with white oval insets in its ears, paws, and feet. The fur has a very short, smooth knap.

The bear was purchased new in Kansas City, Missouri in 1956 for a newborn child, lived on a shelf for a few years, and has been kept in family storage since. I'd appreciate any information anyone has about the bear's manufacture and materials. Thanks!
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Hi
I can't find an exact bear but i have found some similar ones on the net from the American company Knickerbocker from the 1950's. There is also a similar German Gund bear with an open mouth.
I you do a internet search for knickerbocker teddy bears you should find some similar looking ones.

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Mar 28, 2017
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Teddy Bear
by: Susan Long

This Teddy Bear was definitely made by the Ideal Toy Company. I had almost every stuffed animal and doll they made including this bear because my father was related to the owners of the company.

Mar 21, 2017
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I also have this bear.
by: Brenda

I have the same bear. Mine still has the label on it and it indicates it was made by Ideal Toy Corp. Mine is from the mid-1950s.

Sep 26, 2016
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I have the same teddy bear as well
by: Mike

It is very cool to see my childhood teddy bear in so many incarnations. I was born in 1956 and received this when I was almost 3 years old. I thought he was cool then and he still looks cool now although time has taken a toll. The tin trucks did not make it so well.

Sep 13, 2016
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Ideal bear
by: Anonymous

I have the same bear. I've had him as long as I can remember (I was born in 1954), and I even remember doing "surgery" on him. When the squeaker in his ear gave out, I cut open his ear to remove it. Mom sewed back up (lots of machine stitches all over the ear!). I remember the eyes, but they fell off, so I drew new ones (big black dots) with a marker. When I got a little older, I cut white circles out of felt with a small blue pupil and glued them on; one of those fell off long ago. His belly is worn just like in your picture. Not being very creative, I suppose, he has always been called "Teddy." From what I've found, he was made by Ideal. ALSO (this is cool): Google "Thurston Howell teddy bear," and you'll see it's the same one Mr. Howell has on "Gilligan's Island!"

Aug 31, 2016
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Mine is similar, older
by: Anonymous

My bear is from 1952, and looks exactly like yours except for the plastic snout. It's a Knickerbocker bear. He was in may crib when I was a baby, and now my own daughter plays with him daily.

Jul 08, 2016
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Brown teddy bears peeks of bournemouth
by: Aonymous

I have two bears 1 father bear 1 baby bear my late husband & I used to holiday in Bournemouth & every morning on our way to the beach there was a stand & you could buy a ticket to try & win one we spent a fortune in those days trying to win mother bear but no luck

May 13, 2016
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Same Bear, Too
by: Anonymous

I have the same bear, too. I got him when I was three in 1956 for Christmas. My mom made some corduroy pants for him and he was the first mate on my bunk bed pirate ship (I was the captain, of course). I named mine Fleddie Peddie and he (along with a photo) is featured as a short story in my youth novella The Switch Pitcher (available on Amazon).

Feb 29, 2016
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It's made by Ideal.
by: Amanda

Hi,
I have the same bear. I was actually trying to find out when it was made and came across your post. My bear actually still has the tag, but there is no date on the tag. So, thank you for posting your story. I learned it was sold sometime in late fifties, and you have now learned it was made by Ideal.

I'd like to post a photo, but there is no option.

Jan 17, 2016
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I have the same bear
by: Penny

Ted looks just like yours. He is now 64 years old. He was given to my mother from a boyfriend on her 16th birthday. I somehow got him and he has traveled many miles and has received many hugs and kisses over the years. I am now 51 and have been going through some rough times in my life, so Ted is now sleeping with me again.

He has lost a lot of hard and has had to have surgery many times to stuff him again. I cannot tell you how many times my grandmother and mother have had to see him up.

He is truly loved! I wish I could post a photo of him. My email is penny.masters@yahoo.com
~Penny

Aug 27, 2015
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My little brown bear bruno
by: derek

I have this bear my late aunt posted it from Tampa in Florida in 1954 it also had a squeaker in its back but customs removed this as far as I know it was made in America in the early fifties I am looking for information myself Derek from northern ireland

Jul 27, 2015
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Similar Bear
by: Anonymous

Bob...I have a similar bear with the plastic muzzle but I think it's from 1974. The plastic muzzle was unfortunately chewed off my a dog and I'm having a hard time finding a replacement that works. Do you have any ideas?

Mar 07, 2015
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Ideal Toy Company 1956 Bear
by: sammy

Yes, I had this bear with the rubber snout and when you turned him over he "growled." Sadly, I had people staying in my apt. while I traveled and my bear disappeared from my trunk. I asked the people, but they said they didn't know anything about it. I have searched for many years trying to find a bear like this. I think you have narrowed my search. Thank you!

Feb 17, 2015
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teddy bear
by: Kendra

Hi Donna

I have this same bear and was wondering if you've determined the name/manufacturer. I saw a 1940s Gundy Cubby but it looks exactly like the bear by Ideal Toys.

Dec 28, 2014
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Ideal web site?
by: Anonymous--now Donna

Bob, would you send a link to the Ideal website where you saw this bear. You may be right as several companies made bears with this rubber nose, however I really think its a Gund Cubby. Thanks. Donna

Dec 27, 2014
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ID this bear
by: Ron

I think the bear is a gund bear, his name is cubby.

Nov 15, 2014
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Gund
by: Anonymous

Your bear is a Gund bear called "Cubby". I had one new in the box a few years ago.

Dec 17, 2013
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Ideal Toy Company
by: Bob

I've found an exact match for this bear -- 1950s, made by Ideal Toy Company with mohair fir and a rubber nose. There's apparently a "growler" inside the bear.

Wikipedia notes that the Ideal Toy Company invented the teddy bear in 1903 after seeing a political cartoon of President "Teddy" Roosevelt refusing to shoot a captured bear. This teddy bear is apparently one of their later creations.

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