a musical Teddy bear

by Gary Smith
(Doncaster)

a musical Teddy bear

a musical Teddy bear

I have a musical Teddy bear (Big Ted) which I have owned for around 57 years he was bought for me when I was born
I would love to know a little more about him
It would be great if you could have a look at the pictures I have attached and see if you recognise what he is
He's always been known simply as Big Ted
He stands 30 inches tall and is 15 inches across at the elbows
His arms and legs are 12 inches long and his head is about 8 inches round
There are no labels or marks on him or the key on the music box so I have no clue where he came from or what make he is
Many thanks Gary

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Nov 27, 2021
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I think I have the same bear as Liz NEW
by: Jo

I read Liz's comments above and I think I have the same bear as Liz. My bear was bought in late 1959 / early 1960 from somewhere in Sydney. A chemist I think who also sold some toys along with the usual chemist products. It plays Brahms lullaby when you press on its stomach and still works. It looks similar to the picture, It has no brand anywhere on it.
It looks similar to a Jopi bear. but I doubt its an authentic Jopi bear - more likely a copy of that style. Joseph Pittman was known for bears that looked like this and played music from bellows in their stomach

Nov 24, 2021
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Thank you
by: Gary Smith (Big Ted)

Paddington owner no he doesn't have bells in each ear so unfortunately not the same as yours
Sir Edward they do sound very similar even the year you got him is only 2 out from me apart from mine has a key in his back and only plays when you wind him up
Thank you both for your input hopefully I'll find out some more info shortly and will share it on here

Nov 14, 2021
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Same as my sir Edward
by: Liz

I've had Sir Edward since 1962. He was a present on my birth. Was gifted by a friend of my Dads whose family owned a toy shop in Pitt St Sydney.

He has no tags but he is in about the same condition as yours.

He plays brahms lullaby if you press his stomach. It sounds quite beautiful and the mechanism must be quite high quality to have lasted. It's still going strong.

Nov 10, 2021
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Paddington
by: Anonymous

I think I have the same bear.Does he have a little round bell in each ear? Mine has a small rectangle box inside, when you rock him back and forth,sound comes out. If he is the same, check the space on the side of his kneck, a very narrow, slim label, tucked in tight,reads, "Paddington" I got mine in Bristol.

Oct 21, 2021
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Big Ted NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi
I have no idea where he was bought I'm near Doncaster
If you want to send me a picture of yours my email is Amandagazz@hotmail.com
I will ask my mum where she bought it from and let you know

Oct 21, 2021
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Exactly! NEW
by: Anonymous

I have responded to your post a few minutes ago….but I now realize we have identical bears! Can I ask where yours was made/purchased or where you lived as a child? I am thrilled my bear has a relative….I am not sure how to send you a picture. I did post it on this site months ago…

Oct 21, 2021
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Mine is very similar! NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have a very similar teddy bear…purchased for me when born, 71 years ago….mine has a loose music or growler box in his stomach…never remember hearing it actually…my bear has what is called Rexine paws, ie brown fake leather(I lately learned that the product was made in Manchester)..where did your Ted come from?

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