Antique Teddy Bear, Possibly Ideal, Very Good Condition

With its prominent hump; shoe button eyes; large rounded wide-set ears; and chubby torso and thighs, this lovely old straw-stuffed bear is definitely American and possibly an early Ideal. It also has no label, which also suggests it could be an Ideal. But it also has no stitched claws, and three of the original paw pads have been expertly replaced. So, on the question of maker, I can’t say for sure.

What I can say is this early bear has as endearing expression as you could want. Standing 13 inches tall with a 13-inch circumference around the torso, the bear is tightly jointed, with excellent mohair coverage, and is in excellent to very good overall condition.

As the photos clearly show, there is some wear and a tiny hold where the left ear is stitched to the head, as well as loose stitching at the muzzle. But these are miner issues for a bear of this age in such sturdy condition with an abundance of charm. C. 1920.


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