Trying to identify this very old teddy bear

by Lynn
(Tampa, Florida)

Help? This bear belonged to my mother-in-law's mother in the early 1900's. He is very heavy, hard, and crunchy. He's about 24 inches tall and is stuffed with a reddish colored straw material (he is NOT squishy at all). He has wire sticking out where his eyes once were and a very pointy nose. He has metal discs under his arms and is jointed at his head, arms, and legs. He doesn't have much hair anymore as it has all been loved off, but at one time I would say he was a nice golden tan color. His paws are covered with a brown tweed like material and he has no tags or labels. Can anyone help us identify him? Thanks so much!

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Mar 17, 2017
American Bear
by: Lori

I agree with Kate. He looks like a early American bear. Especially if his nose is made out of broadcloth. Probably from the 1920s.

Mar 16, 2017

by: Kate

Unfortunately I think a lot of work may have happened to this bear over the years. The ears look as if they have been stitched on too flat and the paw coverings I really don't think is original (but you never know).

I have looked through my books for an early American bear maker but known share the short armed characteristics of your bear.

I will say that my books indicate that after the first world war and I paraphrase "inferior quality US made teddy bears were developed known as stick bears and were made by now forgotten soft toy factories."

lets see if anyone else recognises him though.

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