Mr Bear is at least 50 years old

by Kurt

Australian teddy Bear?

Australian teddy Bear?

Hi every one when I was a little boy I got this bear that I loved almost to death. I remember sleeping with him by my side for many years. I packed him in a foam box about 30 years ago and that is where he has lived ever since. He has no visible markings or tags so I have no idea what make etc he is. Any help in identifying this old friend would be very much appreciated. He has lost a lot of fur and has a few minor tears but all up he is pretty good shape for his age, intact I think he may have outdone me, lol. His eyes appear to be a type of plastic and his nose was stitched on in some sort of thread although as you can see from the pictures it is almost all gone, too much love perhaps, he is somewhere around 550 to 600 mm high. Anyway if anyone can help identify this little guy that would be great, he was purchased for me in Australia as far as I am aware back in 1965, thanks.

Well he certainly does look well loved.

Looking through my teddy bear encyclopedia he could be a 1950's Verna bear from Australia. He does share some of it;s characteristics. They were filled with solid shaped pieces of foam rubber at that time.
You did not mention if he was jointed or not. A verna bear would have been.

Anyway this is just my guess. Perhaps someone else will have another suggestion for you hear in the comments.


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Aug 29, 2020
50 year old teddies
by: Christine

My yellow teddy Winnie-the-pooh will be 52 at Xmas. I bought his spouse Snow-white at a junk sale at school secon-hand for 20c. That was in 1974. I still have them. My daughter played with them too when she was little.

Snow-White is a Verna teddy. I was looking them up and saw they ceased being made years ago and now can be expensive to purchase. And I only paid 20c all those decades ago.

Pooh, though bought here in Australia, was an English brand. His tag wore out so sadly I can't tell the name not remember it. I had a toy cat of the same brand when I was a baby. It was a red and blue tag.
I have other teddies and my daughter collected beanie kids for a while. But Pooh and Snow-White are my favourites, being the oldest. Can I send a photo here some time?

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