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Bears

In 1902, United States President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was on a hunting trip in Mississippi. A black bear had been provided as a target for the president to shoot. The president considered it unsportsmanlike to shoot the animal and refused to do so. The event was widely publicized by a cartoon that appeared in the Washington Post the following day. The bear appeared in political cartoons and became known as "Teddy's bear." Soon, stuffed toy bears were modeled after the cartoon. Eventually, the toys were known simply as teddy bears.

Morris Michtom, founder of the Ideal Toy and Novelty company, asked permission from the president to sell toy bears made by his wife Rose as "teddy bears." The bears became widely popular and the Michtoms eventually founded Ideal to accommodate production. While the Michtoms are credited with inventing the teddy bear, historical documentation shows that the Steiff company of Germany actually produced toy teddy bears before the Michtoms.

Teddy bears were very popular prior to World War II. After the war, however, stuffed animals began to be produced using synthetic materials. Interest in teddy bears declined in the '60s, but vintage teddy bears became popular again in the '80s.

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Est: AUD0- AUD0
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2pc Steiff Chick in Egg Ornament + Plush Blue Bunny
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2pc Steiff Mohair Bears, Lladro Ornament + Williams Sonoma
May 23, 2:00 PM EDT
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Steiff Mohair Figures, Easter Diorama of Bunny and Chick
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by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
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Raikes Jointed Teddy Bear
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Raikes Jointed Teddy Bear
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Steiff Mohair Lavender Rabbit
Jun 06, 2:00 PM EDT
Steiff Mohair Lavender Rabbit
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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2pc Steiff Bunnies, Clover the Easter Rabbit and Hase Bosom
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$251 Bid
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2 Steiff Rabbits, One Puppet with Tags and Brass Buttons
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $100- $150
$251 Bid
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Steiff Stuffed Animal, Peter Rabbit Replica
May 23, 2:00 PM EDT
Steiff Stuffed Animal, Peter Rabbit Replica
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Jun 12, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Herman Pecker Monkey Toy Japan
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Sellers Who Sell Bears


Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC

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Lion and Unicorn

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Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

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Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC