Orange Teddy Bear 1971
by Carl Bettis
This bear was given to me on my birth, day by my parents, I was born on December 16, 1971, so I would say that this dates it’s manufacture / run during the late 60s to early 70s.
I am from the UK but this does not mean the bear is too as my grandparents travelled and I can not be sure it was not from one of their trips abroad.
The bear is of a plush material and is approx 16 inches tall and 11 inches across the arm span.
The body is soft but feels like it has very stiff or solid type padding and has not misshapened at all.
General body colour is orange and the inner ears, paws and base of feet are white and of the same material as the main orange body.
The eyes are fixed glass beads, black in colour with a red circle around them, it has a black plastic nose with detail on nostrils and a stitched black mouth in a simple straight expression.
There is a white tag on the bottom, this has faded over time and washes when I was younger, I think it says ENGLAND on it, in large letters but I can’t be certain.
I can not be certain of the type of material generally used on the outer or inner parts of the bear as no knowledge of these things, but due to my mother passing recently and my dad many years ago, I would like to know more about the bear and it’s history.
My sister got a similar one a year earlier, but this was an owl type teddy, not sure if this will help or be relevant with the type of manufacturer.
I have looked on loads of pages and sites but not seen one like this yet and was hoping that someone could direct me to the manufacturer and / or give me some indication or where this was made and if it’s part of a group or collection of toys during its run.
The only luck I have had via social media was that it might be an earlier Chad Valley bear, but I could not find any like it during my searching and enquiries.
This is my last hope at finding some info and I appreciate any time given by anyone to helping me