Unknown Teddy Bear

by Charlotte
(UK)

two tone teddy bear

two tone teddy bear

two tone teddy bear
two tone teddy bear
two tone teddy bear face
two tone teddy bear side face

I found this teddy in a charity shop and he stood out from the rest so I hope we can identify him somehow by my description.


His fur is quite rough feeling and has a stitched nose that has worn away. His limbs are heavy compared to modern teddies and when squeezed they crack.

His head feels quite solid and has the same cracking sound when pressed. For some reason he has a small hole in the top of his head , managing to get some stuffing out that has a consistency of hay/straw and the eyes are glass.

Coloration of fur is milk chocolate brown with dark brown accents on his ears, paws and feet.

He unfortunately didn't have a tag anywhere on him but would like to have some idea of age and what brand he could possibly be. Either way he is still cute in my eyes. I can take better photos if requested.


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Well he looks like a modern bear. I.e he looks like he has synthetic fur and his design is very modern i.e post 1960's. But you say he has glass eyes and is stuffed with straw or wood wool which is unusual for modern bears. Are you sure that he stuffed with a straw like material rather than a foam? I have a old foam filled 1960's bear and he too cracks and feels heavy.

In fact the whole look of the bear is quite modern and his fur doesn't look that old. Short arms and legs which are quite stumpy with flat paw ends. This is often a style of bear that is made for the mass market and perhaps designed for small children and babies.

Personally I haven’t seen another bear like him so I cannot say what manufacturer made him, sorry.
Kate

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Apr 22, 2017
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Same bear
by: Kim Goldby

I have a bear exactly the same as this one. He was found by my baby brother in 1960's another child must have dropped him and he did look rather new then.

Apr 12, 2017
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Lost Bear
by: Joy

I was given this when i was born in 1973. He has sadly gone missing when i split with my partner. I would be happy if anyone can tell me where i could get another one from. I am in Australia.

Feb 06, 2017
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Shanghai Dolls Factory Teddy Bear Brn Wool Plush
by: Darren

The two I have are "vintage mohair teddy bears" from 1960 s, Shanghai dolls factory, vintage pure wool teddy bear, old mohair teddy bear, stuffed bear.

These bears were produced by Shanghai Dolls Factory around the 60'S.Shanghai Dolls Factory stuffed toys were at the peak of their popularity from the late 1950s into the early 1970s.

It is not known when imports stopped or when manufacture may have ceased.


http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/206655-3-shanghai-dolls-factory-teddy-bear-brow?in=1067

Sep 18, 2016
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Old bear
by: Nicola

Hi, I have the same bear, I believe it was produced in the early 1960's. It has wear and tear and has had it's arm stitched back on. I wanted to find out how much it is worth as I want to sell it.
Many thanks nicola

Aug 21, 2016
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Koala bear
by: Trace-UK

I have the same one plus a grey rabbit I was given when I was born in Malta in 1966. First time I have ever seen another one, I didn't know if it was Maltese but reading other message's I see it probably isn't. But also had family in Germany so wondering if may now have been sent from them or as dad was in RAF may have got it else where?

Jul 29, 2016
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Hello Little Ted!
by: Kerry-Ann

Oh my word. I have been looking for this for years. Little Ted, which is the spitting image of this bear, was put in my cot the day I was born. He is still with me every night.

I only know of two others, till today. Little Ed was found in a toy box in Germany about a decade ago, but odder, was that my best friend and I have the identical bear.

Neither of us know, or I should say knew, of anyone else with these. So hello to others who love and cherish these little, cheeky bears.

Anyone needs to rehome theirs they are always welcome at mine.


Jul 11, 2016
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Hey that is my bear.
by: Darren

I have two of these bears.One as my teddy from birth back in 1965. Found another one half the size in a dollar box at an auction.All I can verify is the age of the bear. 100% confirmed to be at least 52 years old.I would love to adopt him if he is available.

Darren
army861@gmail.com

Apr 26, 2016
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Daddy's bear
by: Anonymous

I have one of these teddy so. It was my husbands . Given to him when he was a baby. He,s now 55, sadly he,s missing his eyes. That's the only thing missing from him. He still has his red tongue. If anyone would like to make me an offer for this bear. Them please do

Apr 22, 2016
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I got the same one :)
by: Anonymous

I cannot remember exactly when I got mine, around 1973 maybe (I was born in 1969).
At home we always called him the Koala bear.


Mar 12, 2016
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I still have my more teddy
by: Gilly mancub

I still have a bear like this.

I was born late 1963 and in 1965 went to I've in Singapore, I have pictures of me with the bear when I am around 3/4 years old. I agree with everything that has been said about this bear.
He had a candy cane pink and white stripe loop which came out of his head, I seem to remember the eyes were darker but my sister cut them out! He did have a small felt pink tongue and was very plush. My bear does not crack and has been washed in the washing machine a couple of times.
I have seen a grey elephant like this in Hamleys toy shop in the 1970,s. My father went to Hong Kong and we also had access to force supplies stores. I Remember it did have Chinese writing on it and I think they also made rabbits in a light shade which were sometimes smaller. I stumbled across this site as I would like my bear to be refurbished so was delighted with the photographs. Unfortunately my sister was jealous of my bear and he has had to have his head and arm sewn back on.

Feb 02, 2016
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This Bear is called Ted
by: Leigh

I have this Bear. He and I have never been apart and I keep Ted in a draw in my bedroom. He is in perfect condition. I was born in 1959 and I was given Ted by my Parents when I was a baby. He is very special to me and has bought me much luck over the years. Everybody should have a Bear like Ted.

Jan 13, 2016
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Vintage teddy bear
by: Lucy

Here you can find the same bear. There is also one simillar to this one but different color.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263689667/vintage-teddy-bears?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Jan 04, 2016
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My bear!!!
by: George

Mine had darker eyes, from what I can remember. I had this extremely similar guy from around 1969 till his mysterious disappearance in 1987.

My lord, if anyone knows where I can find my 'POP' replica, I would be so grateful!

Please let me know where I can get one.

foragoodtime@shaw.ca

Jan 03, 2016
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unknown teddy bear
by: Anonymous

I still have this bear, had him for as long as I can remember. Was born in the early 1960's. Sorry have no idea where he came from, and mine is well worn too.

Oct 11, 2015
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Two Tone Teddy Beat
by: Anonymous

This teddy bear was made by the Shanghai Toy Company. Made around the 1960s from 100% wool. The also made Panda's, Rabbit's, & kittens all from the same pattern, ingénues. They just change the face & ears & colour fabric to create different little pets.

Sep 09, 2015
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bear is from around mid 1960's
by: RH

My bear is very similar to the one shown. He's a rather worn (from being so well loved!), so it's hard to say whether mine is a 100% match to the pictures shown.

Bought in Manchester, England in 1967.

Mine is 9.5" tall. The stuffing is bits of saw dust, which gives the bear a 'crunchy' feeling when squeezed.

I vaguely remember the looped string attached to the top of his head.

Aug 11, 2015
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I had the same bear
by: Anonymous

given to me in the early 60's. It got stolen in 2011 and I would love to get a replacement.

Thank you for posting this pictures on you site.

If anybody has one to sell please let me know.

dheywood61@yahoo.co.uk

Apr 24, 2015
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1965
by: Donna

I was given one of these bears when I was born in 1965. It's hasn't any tags to say where it was made its filled with straw and has plastic eyes. It seems this little bear traveled around a bit as I'm from Englang

Apr 19, 2015
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Berlin
by: Anonymous

I had this bear given to me when I was born in 1965 I think he was from an British Army base shop in Berlin,that's what his name was "Berlin" my father was stationed there.Sadly I cant ask my parents both have passed on.

Mar 19, 2015
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my teddy
by: Anonymous

I'm Italian and I know this bear was sold on the stalls during festivals of the district, I still have my dates from 1975-6. I remember he had a rosette of colorful cartoon I think it's made in hong kong ...

Jan 22, 2015
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I HAVE ONE THAT LOOK THE SAME
by: mr hewitt

My wife got this for our son in 1972

Dec 14, 2014
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Please help!
by: Natalie

I am interested in knowing ANYTHING I can about this bear. Anything will help the search! My mother had this exact teddy, her childhood "best friend" stolen a few years ago and I will do just about anything to replace him! If anyone is looking to sell one (or this bear in other colorways , since I know there are a few) I will gladly buy!!! Please e-mail me at natalieandablo10@gmail.com

Nov 29, 2014
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1960s Bears
by: A J

I now have 3 of this type of bear, the original given to me when I was born, 1965. The original and one other have a label on their side, near the top of the leg, which says 'pure wool' on one side and Chinese letters on the other. They used to have a loop of cotton on the top of their heads.

Oct 31, 2014
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lost bear
by: Anonymous

I had one like him. And would like to replace him. Any help.

Aug 31, 2014
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bear
by: Anonymous

I used to have one of those when I was little, over 40 years ago.

Aug 20, 2014
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Could Be Old
by: Anonymous

Your bear is definitely old. I have the same bear and I received it when I was about 2 years old, which is 44 years ago, from my mom. I don't know how old the bear was when I got it, but it is from Germany and mine also doesn't have a tag. I'm almost positive that it contains wood wool, because, like you said, it does crackle a lot when you squeeze it. Check the eyes on your bear, if their glass, your bear is pre 1950s, if their plastic, its post 1950s because they started producing bears with plastic eyes then. Also, your bear has a hole in the top of its head, because their used to be a loop there to hang it from something. I would suggest getting it stitched, professionally if possible. But, unfortunately, your bear is supposed to have a small red fabric tongue stitched to his mouth, so he looks like he's sticking his tongue out at you. Other then that, if the eyes are glass, your bear is very old.

Sincerely,
- C.

Aug 06, 2014
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Stuffing
by: Charlotte (the bears owner)

Like I said his stuffing is straw like as I managed to get some out of the hole in his head - definitely not foam.
It's quite hard to judge him without seeing him in person :S

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