Mystery Panda Bear
Old Panda Bear
We have acquired a toy panda teddy. Teddy is 10 inches from ears to paws, thin, about 3.5 inches wide. Rear paws have red felt pads surrounded by brown felt, then black plush legs. Front paws are just red felt pads and black plush arms. Chest and shoulder are of back are black plush, abdomen and lower back is white plush. Head is white plush with small orangey eyes. The eyes are surrounded by a orangey-browny staining (we think that it may be faded/degraded black staining). Black felt nose and black stitched'inverted Y' mouth, with (unusually) his (red felt) tongue stitched in as if his tongue is lolling out of one side of his mouth. Shortish black plush ears. All of Teddy's joints - arms, legs and head, are articulated. Teddy wears a silk/nylon red bow (just a stitched on bow rather than tied round). There are no makers marks or labels on Teddy and there is no sign that they have been removed, so we assume that he never had any. Teddy is in good condition having been wrapped in a unmarked paper bag in a sealed plastic bag and stored in a dry crate for a number of years. The crate that Teddy was found in contained various other toys, books and other bric-a-brac, all of which seems to be no more recent than 1970 (the newspaper used as packing in the box was dated 1969). The crate had been in it's current position and is known to have been untouched and unopened since 1990. There is evidence that it may have been moved to that position without the contents being touched and there is strong reason to believe that it would not have been opened since before 1977, very likely having been packed and sealed in 1969/70. Although other contents seem to range from identified periods from 1904 to 1969, the contents in main seem to be primarily 1934 to about 1964. We assume that, as Teddy was found with 1960s items, that he could date from 1950s to early 1960s. Anyone have any idea of the origins of this Teddy.