Would like to know more about my bear
back view of bear
Hi. I got this bear recently at an auction and I love him. But I don't know anything about him. I've looked through a few sites and I think he may be Chad Valley from the 50s, but I'm not certain. He is my first vintage bear and I am new to this. I had been collecting 80s toys up until now and I don't know much about teddies yet. He has no tags or marks to show where a tag had been. His head and limbs are jointed. His stuffing is fairly soft. It is possible he is missing some stuffing as he appears less ridgid than I think he should be. He has something hard inside his tummy - maybe some kind of device like a growler, but I am not familiar with them. His eyes are black and amber coloured and are in good condition. He has nice golden fur, but I can't tell if it's mohair. His mouth appears repaired (badly). His paws appear to be a canvas type material and what ever was over them is long worn off. He isn't in bad condition and needs a small repair to one paw. Any ideas on his identity and age would be greatly appreciated. Also, if what is in his tummy is a growler, is that something I can fix? Thanks in advance for any help and advice you can give me. Erika.