• 22
    Aug

Beanies, Dolls and Plates: The ‘Valueless Collectibles’

We all know that the Beanie Baby craze was a wild ride for a couple of years. People were actually acquiring these plush little darlings in the hope of building a nice retirement nest egg. I know a few people who really saw the Beanie Babies as the answer to their financial troubles. I have […]

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  • 22
    Jul

Hermann-Spielwaren Bears: 100 Years of Family Tradition

(This article first appeared in Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Germany had a stellar reputation during the late 1800s and early 1900s for well-made, durable toys. So it’s no surprise that when the Teddy bear emerged on the toy scene, buyers from American department stores flooded the town of Sonneberg, known as the Toy Capital […]

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  • 19
    Jul

Giant Steiff ‘Petsy’ Bear Could Demand $50,000 at July 28 Theriault’s Auction

Here’s one auction all vintage doll, toy, Teddy bear and miniature enthusiasts cannot miss: Theriault’s “In the Company of the Gentleman Bespoken,” which features 450 lots of the finest, museum-quality collectible playthings, including items from the Estelle Johnson collection. The auction is scheduled for Sunday, July 28, 2013. The auction, which will be held at […]

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  • 8
    Jul

This Giant Steiff Poodle Wins the Best of Show Award for Rarity and Looks

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: Sometimes things don’t always work out the way you planned, but in this […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Whendi’s Bears: Future Collectibles in Black and White

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Wendy Meagher of Whendi’s Bears has been seeing the world in black and-white these days. For this upstate New York artist, the tried-and-true colors are gateways to creativity, ingenuity and unbridled quirkiness. In her studio she turnings out black-and-white circus […]

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  • 21
    Jun

Teddy Bear Companies Premiere What’s New in 2013

(This article first appeared in the June 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Aurora With an eye toward heart-tugging gift merchandise and solid, well-crafted collectibles, Aurora is sitting pretty as it enjoys its fourth decade. The Korean company has broadened its creative reach to include headquarters in the United States, Hong Kong and […]

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  • 21
    Jun

Teddy Bear Hospital: The Recovery of a Pair of Bears

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Early Farnell Bear This rather worn but terribly sweet little 1920s Farnell bear arrived at a teddy-bear fair I was attending in London. I was expecting him, but when he arrived and I could handle him; it was apparent that […]

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  • 31
    May

Music-Box Bellies make Steiff’s 1950s-Era Teddy & Jocko Musical Treasures

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: Singing a happy tune—or two—over these two Steiff singing sweethearts! What we have […]

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  • 9
    May

Teddy Bear Hospital: Two Bears Saved from Uncertain End

(This article first appeared in the April 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) As the days roll into the spring here in the U.K., the poor bears continue to arrive, it seems the slightly warmer days don’t help their joint problems, unlike us humans. Irish Tara Bear This first little bear is most […]

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  • 1
    May

A Tiny Classic Steiff Design with a Big Identification Mystery

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: Edgar Allen Poe’s raven is famous for exclaiming “Nevermore!” Could he have been […]

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