Teddy bears are among the most enduring or endearing toys. They are one of the popular collector’s items. The modern teddy bears are very expensive with some costing thousands of dollars. Every collector should familiarize him or herself with the main types of bears and their history. This is helpful when choosing the right bears. People have been buying teddy bears as gifts for their kids. They are also purchased as one of the valuable collectibles for adults.
Types of teddy bears
Most of the traditional bears were based on Mitchom’s and Steiff’s designs. However, there are many popular designs of bears that have been introduced over the years. These bears are hard and more valuable than the traditional ones. The following are the main types of teddy bears.
Merrythought teddy bears
These bears have been in use since the late 1930s. They feature jointed claws and large round ears. They are still being produced up to date. Merrythought is one of the leading manufacturers of teddy bears in England. This company is located in Shropshire.
Schuco teddy bears
Schuco is the min manufacturer of teddy bears in Germany. It is specified in making bears that can play with balls, walk, dance, and do somersaults. These bears were very fashionable in the 1920s. Some of the popular bears produced by this company include the Baby Bar, Janus Bear, and yes/No Bear.
Chad valley bears
These bears have been in existence since the First World War. Their earliest designs were made using lush gold mohair, and they had cuddly limbs that were stuffed with silk fibers. Large nose and eyes characterize these bears. In fact, some people have been comparing them with pieces of coal. Their earlier designs were distinguished or identified by a special stamp that was placed on one foot.
These teddies are designed and produced by Priscilla Hillman. Individuals who belonged to Cherished teddies Cub used to receive new bears for their collections throughout the year. This company stopped the production of bears as well as sending out its bears to the collectors.
This is another popular brand of a bear that has been in production since 1980. This company was founded by G. M Lowenthal as an antique business after quitting his former job at Bloomingdales. These teddy bears have a footprint or a pawprint that is used in verifying their authenticity.