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Antique Teddy Bears and Vintage Bears for Collectors

Updated on February 29, 2016

Antique Teddy


Antique Bears Need a home too!

Antique teddy bear collecting is a passion that only fellow bear lovers will understand. It starts when you are young with that special friend that shares all your secrets and worries, comforts you when you are alone and never judges.

Slowly the quantity of bears grows, big bears and little bears, fat bears and thin ones. Then one day something happens and you cross over from a bear lover to a bear collector. There is no turning back now. A new world has opened up, a world of fuzzy friends without realizing it you have become an arctophily (bear collector).

Welcome to Antique bears

Ok, I confess the first old bear I bought was on the spur of the moment at a general auction - I knew nothing! Absolutly nothing about antique bears.

The old bear looked as if it was worth about $2(£1). He was very tatty and worn and not very pretty. He sat on a table half sitting and half slumped over, forgotten and unwanted. Being a bear addict I wanted him. He looked like he needed a home.

The auction wore on. The bear finally came up. Poised ready I held my breath ready to bid. I was having that bear.

The auctioneer raised him high and said, "bids start at $100 (£50)!"

My hand froze mid way up. Horror griped me. I couldnt believe it - how much! Really?

Silence stilled the room. Not one person bid. He was being held back. I rushed out of the room to find a cash point, withdrew money and ran back again. Breathing heavily I rejoined my parents only to be told someone decided they wanted it - No! Luckly my father had asked for the bear to be held back for me.

So it was I left the auction with one of the scabbiest bears I have ever seen.

After that I researched old bears. It opened up a whole new and quite complicated world.

Don't make this mistake - know your bears! Theres some fantastic books below about how to choose your bear. But also, take a chance - you never know.

Collecting Antique Bears Video

Teddy Bear Collecting Books to Help You

Books to help you get the best bear for your collection. Teddy bear collecting is an art, the more you know about what to look for the better chances you have of gaining an original bear to adopt!

I think it is a great idea to find out as much as possible about the bears especially if bidding on eBay as while you can get bargains and most people are reputable some are not.

You can always find teddy treasures but you need to know what you are looking for to get the best bargains.

My Old Teddy

Hes scruffy,

hes dusty,

his arms are rubbed bare.

Hes faded, hes injured.

How we love this little antique bear!

Antique Teddy Bears Video

Antique Teddy Bear n German Toy Museum


Antique Teddy Bears not For Sale


Antique and Vintage Teddy Bear Guestbook Comments

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      Fay 4 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      @Celticep: Wow what a great age for your bear. I bet you are proud of him. My father collects all things and he used to say things had to be 100 years old to be officially antique. It seems thought that these days people class different things at different ages and as teddy bears only came to being about 1902 that does seem a bit unfair. Often sellers class bears as antique from 1900s to the 1960s so I would say your bear must be just about in there. I'd take him to be appraised. lOve to hear the outcome.

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      Fay 4 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      @GramaBarb: I have to admit, I don't know as I haven't had him re-evaluated. I think that is something I need to do.

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Love the intro story! What is he worth now?

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      I have a teddy who looks quite like the one in the video, I got him from my grandmother when I was born. He's 44! are we antique? :-)