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CameronS789 Posts: 4

Hi there,
Thanks to those who make this site possible and lively. 
I am trying to date and value a bear I inherited.  I used to play with him as a child but was always warned how old he was.  Now that I have him again, he looks so small!!  Measured him at 15cm standing and about 11cm sitting.
He's a cute little guy and I think it belonged to my grandfather who was born in 1895.  The family back then had money (vacationed in Europe etc.) and lived in Newburyport, MA.  I say this to help establish who the buyers were.  I think I have attached the photos below.  He's a Steiff.  Interested in date and value if possible.

Thanks very much.


dangerbears Dangerbears
Posts: 6,021

Welcome, Cameron! Check out this recent post to find out how you can get an evaluation from bear expert Brenda Yenke:

Given the size and condition of your Steiff, I'd guess that the monetary value isn't great, but he has loads of character!


SueAnn Past Time Bears
Double Oak, Texas
Posts: 20,995

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Cameron, just from gathering information online, it looks as if your bear was made between 1952 and 1976.  Look at paragraph #4 in this link. … -made.html  Welcome to Teddy Talk.

CameronS789 Posts: 4

Wow! Thanks for the quick replies.  I am surprised he is not older but I see that dating technique in paragraph #4.  Hmm.  So he was probably not my grandfather's.  Maybe my cousin's.  Well, not so exciting but still a cute little guy.  I may still consult with Brenda Yenke.  But I'm in no rush.  I'd still welcome other ideas from everyone. Thnx!

CameronS789 Posts: 4

Ooh, just found this site, too.  Has pictures of the ear tags and the corresponding dates.

HeidiBears florida
Posts: 321

Hi Cameron,
Your bear looks very similar to mine that my great grandmother gave me he is also a steiff the same size and very old. I found one identical for sale online a few years back that sold for around $100 I think it was, that bear was in perfect condition.


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