Ruddy from Budapest

by Ger
(Dublin)



Hi I purchased this much loved old teddy bear in an antique shop in Budapest. I named him Ruddy after the character in Markus Zusak’s book the “Book Thief”. I suspect he is a very old bear perhaps from before or after the war. I would really love to find out more about him. Where he comes from who owned and how he ended up in the old antique shop in Budapest. His fur is mohair and he is brown in colour. His eyes are not glass but beads I think. He still has his growler in his stomach which still works. I think he is stuffed with stray. There are no labels on him. All his limbs are moveable. There is some yellow stitching on his feet but it has worn of his paws. He has seams down his head and down his tummy. His nose his cream coloured stitching. His Paws and feet are cream coloured felt.

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Feb 08, 2018
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from HUNGARY:)
by: Aniko

Your teddy is similar to this one
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lovely-vintage-Hungarian-teddy-bear-39cm-15-4-Antiguo-oso-hungaro-1950s-Rare/112781469149?hash=item1a424ca5dd:g:EBwAAOSwKZ5Z2~k6

Bears like these were made in Hungary, in the 1950's. They resemble me Gokra teddy bears which were made by "Gottfried Kraeber Co. Gokra (see photo from Teddy Bear Encyclopedia , by J. Cieslik. p. 127 for ID) Company was founded in 1945, and closed production in 1952 in Germany".
Actually I don't have the above mentioned book...
I'm not quite sure what is the difference between "Gokra" an "Hungarian" teddy bears..
I guess the one for sale on ebay is "Hungarian" and not "Gokra" as it' stated...
I don't think Gokras had plastic eyes and I wonder if they had flat foot soles which Hungarian teddies definitely had..
Anyway your teddy is very sweet!! Good luck!


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