Poor Little Thing

by Rikk
(Fontana Ca. USA)

Poor little bear

Poor little bear

I think this may be a challenge. Is anyone up to it? This poor thing has been with us from day 1. My wife had received it from her mother when we married, 38 Years ago. This bear was given to my wife's mother by her mother, who has had it since she was a child. She was born in 1886 and had passed away in 1989. Yes, 103 years of age. So that's the history of the bear. Now the information.

From tip of ear to the pointed toe measures Approx. 11". Hip to hip Approx. 3". Top of shoulder to end of paw Approx. 3 5/8". Outside Shoulder to shoulder Approx.3 3/4". Top of neck to crotch is Approx. 4 3/4".The length measures from the top of the thigh outside to the heel 3 1/4". From the top of the head to the top of the neck 2 5/8". Width of head Approx. 3 1/2". Snout extends from back of head to tip of nose Approx. 3 1/4". The eyes are amber with black pupils, they measure 1/2" across. The head is stuffed pretty hard, I can see a straw like material in the head due to a scuff below the nose, while the body seems to be stuffed with semi soft material that has been compacted over the years. (I think) The poor thing, there are no tears in the seems (I guess that's a good thing) I cannot tell what it is stuffed with. I don't know what the nostrils are made of, Some kind of soft material, but they are sown into the material. The head actually twists about 90 degrees right and left. It seems to be in some sort of guide in the neck. Also the arms rotate 180 degrees. They also seem to have the same type of guide in the shoulders. The legs just move front to back using the seem to move freely. The feet have been sown of Corse to accommodate the look of a foot with a pad. I do not know if this poor thing had pads sown in or they just used the original material to act as a pad. The fur (What is left) Can you see it? Look real hard around the seems and the front of the belly and the back side, is defiantly mohair, according to the test that "Totally Teddy Bear" had described. It does have a little tail Approx. 1" long x 3/4" wide. Now what's really strange is it feels as if there is something inside the belly. It is loose and it seems to be a spring like disk. Anyway, that's about it for this poor little thing. We are hopping to acquire as much info from whoever as possible. We would like to thank all in advance for any information given.

Thanks, Rikk & Linda

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Mar 21, 2018
gund or knickerbocker
by: bill

What you have is a 50s either a gund or knickerbocker i have seen these on ebay under bears antique

Dec 07, 2015
Teddy restoration
by: Anonymous

There is a lady in Edinburgh who repairs bears she did ours about 5years ago. I'm not sure of the address, but if I'm remembering correctly we googled 'bear repairs' and she appeared. Worth a try 😀

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