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Want to get your own website listed here and assist other Teddy Bear artists & collectors? To be featured in this international community, 1) contact us and 2) link to this URL! It’s all completely free!

  • Teddy Bear Friends – Best quality teddy bears, soft toys and gifts. Baby Gund, Winnie the Pooh, Humphreys Corner figurines, hand puppets, baby mobiles, baby rattles, dogs, farm, jungle stuffed animals. Valentine’s day teddy bear gifts, dolls and backpacks.
  • The Great Teddy Bear Hug – An International resource for teddy bear collectors.
  • Abracadabra Teddy Bears – Wonderful source of teddy bears to suit everyone – from infant toys to unique collectibles. We have artist bears from more than 50 different makers all over the world.
  • Barbara-Ann Bears by Barbara Ann Cunningham – Wild but gorgeous mohair artist bears, rabbits and dragons, by Barbara Ann Cunningham. One of a kind and limited editions. Hand-dyed mohair, kits and bear-making workshops.
  • Dear Bears MarketPlace – Your online source for teddy bear-making supplies and so MUCH more! World of Miniatures, Beaded Purses, Teddy Bear Sweets and Teddy Tea. Come visit us today!
  • The Teddies Trader – Official Internet Chapter of The Cherished Teddies Club
  • Kemper’s Cozy Corner – Gifts and Collectables – Welcome To Kemper’s Cozy Corner. We are Authorized dealers of HolyBears and Limited Treasures 50 State Coin Bears. We also sell handmade afghans, dolls and other novelties.
  • Stein-Baeren – Smiling bears from Germany. Hand-made and created by Monika Stein.
  • Sunkidstore.com, Quality Teddy Bear and Stuffed Animal Store – sunkidstore.com offers you a wide range of bears and other animals, each with its own unique character and personality. We pride ourselves in bringing you the finest quality German-designed teddy bears and stuffed animals.
  • Dolls and Lace – Antique dolls and teddy bears and their related antique accessories
  • Minka’s Bear Passion – Everything you want to know about Teddy Bears.
  • Hucklebeary Patch – Collector quality, miniature teddy bears by artist JoAnne K Harnden. Artist Designed, completely hand-sewn mini bears made from the finest quality mohair and Vintage velvets.
  • Teddy Bear Patterns-Gemini Bears – Chris Cotton’s Teddy Bear & soft toy patterns & kits
  • Cabd Collectibles – A world of fine treasures including Ty, Ganz, Purr-fection and many others. We sell beanies and other plush products.
  • Georgie Bears – Miniature artist teddy bears that are originally designed and all are hand sewn. The site also includes a free pattern, tips & hints and a free screensaver.
  • Smith’s Gallery and Framing – We have a very large selection of Boyds Bears and Hares Plush and Resin including both current and retired.
  • CYBEARSHOP – Teddy Bears and Gifts shipped worldwide
  • Albion Bears – A Teddy Bear site showcasing individually designed and handcrafted artist Bears by English bear artist Suzanne Lee
  • MLE-Designs – Mini bears by miniature teddy bear artist, Marjorie Engelhardt. Collector quality original teddy bear designs completely handsewn with attention to detail. Traditional and unique designs, mostly one of a kind creations.
  • Arctophilia Teddy Bears UK – UK Teddy Bear shop in historic market town of Faversham in Kent, England. Stockist of leading manufactured, limited edition and artist designed Teddy Bears plus Beanie Babies & Bad Taste Bears. Secure ordering & worldwide shipping available.
  • Sunshine Teddy Bears – Hand-made teddy bears by artist/designer Dawn Hornig
  • Rainbow Gifts By Rose – Your source for Beary Thoughtful Bears, Holybears, Limited Treasures, manufacturer of Coin Bears, I Love Lucy Bears, Elvis Presley Bears, Thomas Kinkade Bears. Retired Boyds Bearstones, Folkstones, Dollstones and plush. Flowers & Gift Baskets too!
  • Bears-4-Sale – Your one stop shop for everything Ty, Boyds, Steiff, Holy Bears, Department 56, Just the Right Shoe, Seraphim, Precious Moments and MORE galore!
  • Jane Perala Teddies – Collectable artist teddy bears by Canadian artist Jane Perala. Originally designed and made with the finiest materials.
  • MLE-Designs – Mini bears by miniature teddy bear artist, Marjorie Engelhardt. Collector quality original teddy bear designs completely handsewn with attention to detail. Traditional and unique designs, mostly one of a kind creations.
  • Bearitz – Collectible Teddy Bears – Hand made collecyable bears designed and created by Janice Davidson, using only finest mohairs and lots of imagination.
  • Craft-A-Critter – Handstuff your own teddy bears and dolls
  • Miniature Thread Crochet Bears Patterns – Thread Crochet Bears Patterns designed and made by Edith Molina. All the bears and other critters are 5-way thread jointed. The patterns include complete instructions to crochet and assemble the bears, a list of materials needed & several photos.
  • Melbear’s Quality Collectibles – Teddy Bears By Artist Melanie Clark. A Canadian site featuring Not just bears but a variety of critters ranging from Bunnies to Dragons.
  • Swansea Bay Bears – Swansea Bay Bears situated in Swansea, South Wales. Stockists of most major manufactures bears, also artist bears. and bear related gifts. exclusive Swansea Bay Bears made in store by Lyn, Shop online,worldwide carriage available
  • Andrea’s Boyds Bears and Friends Site – I’m specialized in Boyds Plush. My page is made in association with Gocollect.com.
  • Gund and Baby Gund assorted plush – GUND, Baby GUND, Musical, PottyTime bear, Giant cuddy bears and assorted plush
  • Driftwood Bears – Unique Australian artist teddy bears from the Great Barrier Reef by Jaccy Thomas, who has been honoured with three of her bears selected for the Dancing Bear Folk Center Teddybear Museum.
  • The Teddy Bear Store, Best Teddy Bears for Hugging. – Best Teddy Bears for Hugging and Teddy Bear Merchandise featuring one of the largest selections in Children’s Teddy Bears, Baby and Birthday Gifts and Gift Ideas.
  • Sunshine Teddy Bears – Hand-made teddy bears by artist/designer Dawn Hornig
  • Lovable Fellows – Teddy bears with soul and character by German artist Karin Jehle.
  • Brys Bruins Bears – Wild and wacky, from mini to maxi, gorgeous handsewn collector mohair bears, by UK artist Bry Richardson
  • Anna Made Teddy Bears – Collectible teddy bears of all sizes created by Maine artist Anna Klein from mohair, plush, and real furs.
  • Megelles Teddy Bears by Lisa Dopking – Teddy bears, teddy bear kits & patterns by one of Australia’s leading teddy bear artists, Lisa Dopking.
  • Vera Bears – Handmade Miniature Teddybears – Unique one of a kind collectable miniature Teddy bears
  • blossom teddies – Blossom Teddies Created In The Heart Of The Emerald Isles. Bears Cats & Rabbits. By Ireland Artist Amanda Ferguson
  • A.S.Bears – Small and Mini Bears from Germany. We would be very pleased about your visit :o)
  • Margaret’s Doll & Teddy Shoppe – Long established teddy bear artist & pattern designer Margaret Handley has moved her Sydney doll & teddy bear shop on-line, offering a wide range of teddy bear patterns, kits, antique bears, dolls and bearmaking & dollmaking components.
  • Burlington Bears – Wild and wacky creations in original and unusual designs in mohair by Tania Fish.Minitures,dogs,cats and even Biker bears all appear on our site.Adoption available immediately online.
  • Inge Bears – Miniature Bears, Patterns and Kits by Bear Artist Ingrid Els (South Africa)
  • ADNER Bears – Collectable handcrafted teddy bears by Canadian artist Brenda Desroches
  • Shantock Bears by Elanor – One of a kind artist bears. Mostly mohair, some hand dyed by me! Lots of themed character bears, such as fairies, saliors and angels. New bears added regularly.
  • eTeddys – Enchanting, artist made teddy bears by Alison McKee
  • Scruffie bears – Collectable artist bears ranging from 6″ to 19″. Handmade by me Susan Pryce from mohair, alpaca, and fine synthetics.
  • Swansea Bay Bears – Swansea Bay Bears situated in Swansea, South Wales. Stockists of most major manufactures bears, also artist bears. and bear related gifts. exclusive Swansea Bay Bears made in store by Lyn, Shop online,worldwide carriage available
  • Lovable Fellows – Teddy bears with soul and character by German artist Karin Jehle.
  • blossom teddies – Blossom Teddies Created In The Heart Of The Emerald Isles. Bears Cats & Rabbits. By Ireland Artist Amanda Ferguson
  • Moony Bears – Miniature artist teddy bears. Handmade by Monica Armentano
  • SarBears – Collectible mohair teddy bears by artist Sarah Pendergrast
  • Haja-bears – Handstitched bears and critters from the Netherlands made by Jannie Hansman.
  • Tattered Teddys – Teddy Bear Items, everything related to teddys and some things that aren’t!
  • Holdingham Bears – Quality mohair collectors bears, designed and lovingly hand produced by artist Barbara Daughtrey. 6 jointed bears are a speciality. Commissions undertaken.
  • ADNER Bears – Collectable handcrafted teddy bears by Canadian artist Brenda Desroches
  • Louise Bears – Miniature Mohair Teddy Bears by Louise Calitz (South Africa)
  • Scruffie bears – Collectable artist bears ranging from 6″ to 19″. Handmade by me Susan Pryce from mohair, alpaca, and fine synthetics.
  • TalkingBears – Send a bear with your own personal message or customize your own text on the bears shirt and send it off as a gift!! Flowers last for days, Bears live for years!!
  • tinker-taylor – hand made teddies from 4-16 inches made in the heart of aylesbury.bucks
  • Margaret’s Doll & Teddy Shoppe – Long established teddy bear artist & pattern designer Margaret Handley has moved her Sydney doll & teddy bear shop on-line, offering a wide range of teddy bear patterns, kits, antique bears, dolls and bearmaking & dollmaking components.
  • Rag Tag Teddies – Sweet and quirky artist bears made in Tasmania by Julie Quon
  • Coco Bears – Handmade One of a Kind Collectable Bears and Soft Sculptures. designed & created By Keirra Marshall
  • Bear With Me – Teddy Bears for every teddy fanatic. Steiff, Hermann-Spielwaren, Gund and many many more! Free shipping for orders of $100.00 or more (within the US)
  • Teddy Station – We sell Collectable Bears including Russ Bears, Hermann Bears and others
  • Pick-me Bears – Hand-made, collectable bears that belong to the Pick-me Bear Tribe. The Tribe are a unique group of bears, some of whom have a story to share in the form of a poem. Each bear is lovingly designed and hand created by Teddy Bear Artist, Robena Duffy.
  • Finnteddy, handmade bears from the Finnish Forests – Unique bears made by Susanne Mensing-Varila
  • Bees Knees Bears – New bears and photos added 1st December. Mohair artist collectors’ bears made in England by Jo Matthews, just nominated for a British bear Artist Award
  • TeddyBearZone.net – Gund,Russ Berrie,baby Gund, Boyds bears and large stuffed animals
  • Beacon’s Glow Collectibles – Choose from over 700 different gifts & collectibles: Bearington, Boyd’s & Ganz Cottage Bears; Madame Alexander, Ginny, Dolls by Pauline, and Susan Wakeen Dolls; and Lang candles and votive gift sets.
  • Fool’s Gold Bears – Arist made bears: The ultimate in charm and appeal, reflections of genuine love.
  • Cookieland Express – Collectible Teddy bears from Boyds, Muffy, Cool & Friends, Annette Funicello, World of Miniature Bears, and more….
  • Arctophilia Teddy Bears UK – UK Teddy Bear shop in historic market town of Faversham in Kent, England. Stockist of leading manufactured, limited edition and artist designed Teddy Bears plus Beanie Babies & Bad Taste Bears. Secure ordering & worldwide shipping available.
  • Beary Loveable Bears – Artist teddy bears from Australia by North Queensland-based teddy bear artist, Karyn Ford – hand crafted quality teddy bears for the discerning bear collector.
  • Calvina Walsh Mini Bears & Friends – Handcrafted Miniature Teddy Bears and other Animals. Bears made from felt, fintage fabric, and mini crochet bears too!
  • Teddy Bear Hospital – Teddy Bear and Stuffed animal repair. From basic to complete bear reconstructions!
  • Mohrbaer – Collector bears from Germany. Hand made and created by Dagmar Mohr. We would be pleased about your visit.
  • Bear Leigh Made It© – Hand made bears and other characters in very limited editions by award winning artist Tracey Madden. Online and traditional classes. Monthly newsletter.
  • Vera Bears – Handmade Miniature Teddybears – Unique one of a kind collectable miniature Teddy bears
  • Winsome & Wild Artist Bears – Teddy bears from the days of nostalgia by West Australian artist Sally-Ann Simmons – collectable treasures for the discerning teddy bear collector.
  • Binkibears – Canadian teddy bear artist in mohair and crochet
  • BearyBead – Victory’s Gallery presents BEARYBEAD – CUTE! SWEET! ENDEARING! OOAK teddy bears… Mohair, mini plush mini / minatures and Needle Felted bears.
  • Danielynne Bears – Original design teddy bears in mohair, real fur and miniature by Canadian artist Bonnie Stafford.
  • Shantock Bears by Elanor – One of a kind artist bears. Mostly mohair, some hand dyed by me! Lots of themed character bears, such as fairies, saliors and angels. New bears added regularly.
  • Lighthouse Cottage Bears – One of a Kind Miniature Teddy Bears designed by Druanna. Each Miniature Teddy Bear is hand sewn and jointed. Come visit the Lighthouse Cottage and sign our guest book…
  • eTeddys – Enchanting, artist made teddy bears by Alison McKee
  • Jac-q-lyn Bears – Designers and makers of collectable mohair bears
  • Toggle Teddies – Original handcrafted collectable mohair bears by Wendi
  • Timeless Teddies – Artist designed teddy bears that are originally designed and made with the finiest materials!
  • Mini Bear Hugs – Original collectible miniature teddy bears and furry friends by artist Eiman Alawi (Kuwait)
  • CC Bears Australia – Teddy bears by Cindy Cherry of CC Bears Australia – handmade, artist original, collectible teddybears for the discerning collector.
  • Karen’s Teddy Forums – General chat, teddies, patterns, links, fabrics, other hobbies
  • Past Teddy Creations – Handmade Teddy Bears from 1,5″ to 12,5″ made with lots of love and the finest materials.
  • Die kleinen Strolche – teddy bears of high quality and unique design….if you are looking for something beary special…
  • Personalized Teddy Bear Gifts For All Occasions! – Each charming teddy comes uniquely packaged wearing a t-shirt you customize with your personal message and graphic or uploaded photo. Add candy to complete a truly one-of-a-kind gift from the heart!
  • Bryony Bears – Artist designed collector’s bears
  • Teddy Favors – Personalized Bears – Personalized Teddy Bear Gift Packages

Teddy Bear Shops

Links to Shops that sell Teddy Bears.

  • 1 Stop Bear Shop  – This shop has just opened up it’s internet doors. They are a faulous couple of gals and are so helpful. The shop is located in Medicine Hat Alberta. Please take a look.
  • A Variety of Bears from Offer A Smile  – Various bears including limited edition and mohair.
  • Bearstone Cottage  – Southern California’s premier source for artist designed teddies,Boyds,Barton’s Creek,Ganz Cottage Collectibles,Annette Funicello,and much more in a woodland gallery setting.
  • Blue Ribbon Bears  – Blue Ribbon bears,specializing in antique teddy bears,Vintage teddybears and antique bear related clothing and accessories from around the world. We also have an antique & vintage stuffed animal gallery to view. Always best prices
  • Gift Bears ETC  – Specializing in teddy bear gifts and collectibles. Gund bears,Russ Bears,Boyds Bears,Talking Teddy Bears,Boyds Bearstones,Cherished Teddies and other collectibles.
  • Kanu Crafts  – A new site offering handmade bears,cloth dolls and others handcrafted items/toys.
  • Lisa Marie’s Gifts Galore  – Z–Bear artistry that is finely crafted bears that you can only find here,and we sell quality gifts for many occasions.
  • minibelly  – miniature teddy bears
  • Online Bears  – Teddy bears for all occasions! See our award winning One of a Kind Mohair bears.

Teddy Bear Artists

Links to Teddy Bear Artists

  • B. Irwin Bears  – Handcrafted teddy bears by Barbara Shynkaryk of Canada! Bears are original and made with a lot of love
  • Bears by Royale  – Unique original designs of fully jointed mohair bears from 3″ to 12″. Golly dolls. Miniature figurines individually hand sculpted from polymer clay.
  • BlackBeary Bears  – Handcrafted,collectible teddy bears created from orignial designs by Canadian artist Johanna Black Legge.
  • Cath Wood Teddies  – Handcrafted artist teddy bears by Canadian Cath Wood. All designs are original and made with only the finiest materials!
  • Claudia’s Knuffelbaeren  – Handsewn artistbears,own design,one-of-a-kind and small series by Claudia Bertram,each one is made with much love and great care!
  • Die kleinen Strolche  – teddy bears of high quality by Kirsten Koester from Germany….if you are looking for something beary special….
  • Essential Bears  – Mini bears and other creatures made from vintage fabrics. Our original hand made designs have become well known for their attention to detail.
  • Georgie Bears  – Handmade miniature teddy bears by Canadian artist Georgina Edwards. Site includes a free pattern,tips and hints and a free screensaver!
  • Handmade Bears from the Finnish Forrests  –  Handmade one of a kind bears by Susanne Mensing-Varila,many are handdyed or painted with natural materials,some are needlefelted,each one is special. The site is in German with some information in English. Please send me a note if you need any help.
  • Jane Perala Teddies  – Handcrafted Teddy Bears by Jane Perala of Canada. All designs are original and site includes a free screensaver!
  • Katies Craft Works  – Katies Craft Works – Artist bears designed and made by award winning Australian artist,Cathie Roberts. Elegance,quality and style is what you get. All bears are created from top quality mohair and materials. Most bears are one of a kind,although small limited editions are sometimes available. Old fashioned,center head seam bears are what I specialise in and all the bears and their costumes are created with much love,care and attention to detail.
  • Lynda’s Teddies  – Miniature teddy bears and other animals with expression by artist Lynda Kunz Keyes.
  • Melbear’s Quality Collectibles  – Teddy bears and other Critters by Canadian Artist Melanie Clark
  • PawsNTime  – Handmade with Love. Collector bears made from synthetic,mohair,or real fur
  • ranch hand bears  – original artist made teddy bears from the chili pepper ranch! come by for a visit :C) blessings
  • SarBears  – Unique hand-crafted teddy bears by artist Sarah Pendergrast. Beautiful mohair and needle-felted bears of all sizes. Custom made bears also available.
  • Sew Completely Country  – Traditional artist designed teddies made from quality synthetics,recycled fur and mohair. Many are fully dressed.
  • SueBears by Sue Weiland  – Artist designed mohair teddy bears that will grab your heart!
  • Teddy Bear, Mine!  – Miniature Artist Teddy Bears lovingly designed and handstitched by Canadian,Ev Canham. One of a kinds,Tribute series,small limited editions and vignettes made from mohair,alpaca and vintage fabrics. Tomorrow’s Heirlooms!
  • Teddy Folk  – Oddly sweet,sweetly odd artist made teddy bears.
  • wee scones  – Hand made traditional miniature bears from Scotland

Teddy Bear Sites

Links to other Teddy Bear sites.

  • Just Teddy Gifts  – Links to online Teddy Bear shops,links to teddy clipart,teddy e-cards
  • My Bear Hug – Teddy Bear Collection Software  – Windows-based bear collection software maintains information on bears including photos and notes. Includes information on artists,shows and stores.
  • Teddy Bears Hug  – Online resource for Teddy Bear Artists. Site includes free patterns,tips & hints,teddy postcards,artist link directory and so much more!

Teddy Bear Artist FAQ


What is the goal of this site?
How can I edit my artist page?
How was I added to this site?
Does Teddy-Bears.Org cost Anything?
How can I add my Teddy Bear Company or Bio?
How does an artist get to be featured?
How can I help?
How do you define artist / manufacturer?
How do you define collectable Teddy Bears?
How do you sort the Teddy Bear Artists in the search?
I do not want my image or artist information listed on this site.

What is the goal of this site?

To build a world wide database of “collectable” Teddy Bear artists and manufacturers. Our list will include both present and past artists / manufacturers.

A place for artists and collectors to meet, we are building a community. This will be achieved through our mailing list, artist database and forums. We are also looking at other creative ways to reach the Teddy Bear Community and grow the user base.

To spread awareness about Teddy Bear collecting.

How can I edit my artist page?

All artists can directly edit their bio page! If you have not received an email from us with your login information, please send us an email and we will set this up for you. You will then have the ability to login, upload pictures, change contact and description information. Use the contact link located at the top right of the web site to send us an email.

How was I added to this site?

Either we found you in the search engines or someone recommended your site.

Does Teddy-Bears.Org cost Anything?

No and nor will it.

How can I add my Teddy Bear Company or Bio?

Use the contact link located at the top right of the web site to send us an email. We will add the initial information, send you a login and password, and then you will have the ability to login and make corrections.

How does an artist get to be featured?

Any number of ways. One sure way to get consideration is to link to our site and let us know you did just that. But that is not all, we review artists and judge for ourselves. If bears are quality, award winning (not mandatory), or if the artist is up and coming. Those are some of the ways. Ultimately, it is a judgement call on our behalf. No monetary motivation exists, we want our featured artist to mean something.

We know every artist deserves to be featured. If you are a collector, remember that their are many artists on this site that create fantastic Teddy Bears and we encourage you to visit all of the artist pages.

Are only Teddy Bear artists featured? No, stuffed animal artists will be featured as well.

How can I help?

Add a link to our site from yours! We have a “link to us page” where you can find the code to add to your web site. Also, please feel free to send us suggestions using our email link. The inbox is always open to comments!

Also, if you know of Teddy Bear artists / manufacturers that no longer exist and contributed a substantial (someone who existed for 10 years or more and was active in the industry) amount of bears to the community, please email us their information and we will add them to the site.

How do you define artist / manufacturer?

The two could be a matter of perspective, but, we try to define a manufacturer as someone who creates 1,000 bears or more per year. Artists tend to release small limited additions or create “one-of-a-kinds”.

How do you define collectable Teddy Bears?

Nearly all artist bears are collectables. The line can be fuzzy when it comes to manufacturers. Generally, companies who release limited additions and whose products are not won at carnivals are considered collectables! 🙂 Product quality is also a gauge in our definition of collectables.

Basically, if the Teddy Bears are of good quality, come in limited additions or are unique (often with artists) then we would consider them collectable. Obviously, popularity plays a roll in determining this as well but popularity does not determine whether someone is added to our system.

How do you sort the Teddy Bear Artists in the search?

Teddy Bear artists are sorted in priority. If an artist has been active in the site, contains a picture, description and web site then those artists will have a high ranking sorted by company name. Historical artists are sorted at the bottom of the list.

I do not want my image or artist information listed on this site.

If you do not want to be listed on Teddy-Bears.org, we will remove you from our database. Use the contact form and send us your company name and your company and/or image will be removed.

The History Of The Teddy Bear


An American President on the Hunt.

How far back can we go with Teddy Bears? Well, literally thousands of years. Teddy Bears or stuffed animals have been found throughout the world in every region and in every culture. But the Teddy Bear we know today does not go back quite as far. It all started on a hunting expedition in 1902…

In 1902, American President Theodore Rooselvelt was on a hunting trip in Mississippi. A member of his group captured an American Black Bear and tied it to a tree. The intention was to allow Theodore Rooselvelt to shoot the bear and celebrate a successful hunting trip, which up until that point had been uneventful.

Being the sportsman, Roosevelt refused to shoot the defenseless bear. Luckily, as the story goes, a reporter witnessed the act of kindness by the president. The Washington Post printed a cartoon by Clifford Berryman of the incident the following day symbolizing Roosevelt refusing to shoot a Black Bear being held by one of his group members.

An enterprising business owner in Brooklyn, New York, named Morris Michton, quickly recognized the potential for Roosevelt’s act and displayed two Teddy Bears in his window that his wife had created. The bears were plush, stuffed with excelsior and had black shoe button eyes.

The Teddy Bears were a hit and the popularity of this new product caused Michton to start a new company, Ideal Novelty and Toy Corporation.

It has been said that Michton asked Rooselvelt’s permission to call his new creation Teddy Bears. Rooselvent gave his blessing and the name stuck.

A Discrepency in Teddy History?

As the story goes, on the other side of the planet in Germany, a woman named Margarete Steiff was creating stuffed bears. Steiff claims she was making bears in the late 1800’s. The Steiff Company of Giengen produced its first stuffed bears in 1902.

So who was the first company to create the Teddy Bear we know today? Since Ideal Novelty no longer exists and Steiff claims they were the first, no counter claims with supporting evidence have arisen to dispute Steiff. Considering transatlantic communication was practically non-existant at the time, one would be lead to believe that Steiff and Ideal were unaware of one another’s presence.

The Role Steiff has played in Teddy Bears

There can be no dispute that the German company Steiff has played a serious role in the history of the Teddy Bear as we know it today. In 1903 at the Leipzig Toy Fair, Steiff introduced its first commercial bear, Baer 55PB. Its release did not receive the warm welcome in Europe as Teddy Bears received in the United States. An American buyer, sensing the imminent Teddy Bear explosion in the United States, began importing Steiff Bears.

For Steiff, the rest is history. They are one of the dominant, serious Teddy Bear manufacturers producing the highest quality, limited edition Mohair bears attracting the highest prices at auctions. Very few if any 1902-1903 Steiff Bears exist today in the secondary market or in museums, including Steiffs.

A couple on the West Coast of Florida owns a mint condition Steiff bear (1909 American Pride) that they purchased. This was not seen by Steiff and at Steiff’s request, the bear was sent to Germany to be x-rayed and studied. The goal was to examine not only the original craftsmanship, but to understand the materials and coloring/dies that were used by the original artists. Bears such as these can easily attract prices of $40,000 and up.

So few exist today because wear and tear by children take their toll, bears are thrown away, destroyed in fires / floods and any other catastrophes that can befall a Teddy Bear. Teddy Bears were toys for children when they were first introduced, not the highly prized collectables they are today.

Teddy Bear Mania

Early 1900’s America was enjoying the Teddy Bear Phenonema. The high demand of early Teddy Bears caused a rise in Teddy Bear manufacturers: Steiff, Gund, Bing, Deans and more. Few of the early manufacturers survived the craze but their products did and attract high auction prices today.

Teddy Bears inspired JK Farnell & Co. in 1921 to create Winnie the Pooh, which was based on a bear that was given to Christopher Robin Milne by his mother on his first birtday. You can see the original toys that inspired Pooh at the Central Children’s Room of the Donnel Branch of the New York Public Library in New York City.

Teddy Bear Mania continued to the late 1930’s when WWII brought Teddy Bear Manufacturers to close their doors or make weapons instead of Bears. Rationing also caused manufacturers to refocus their industry away from Teddy Bears.

Downtime

WWII divided the world, but post WWII globalized it and introduced new fabrics, new competition and cheaper products from Asia. This change slowed the advance of some of the established Teddy Bear manufacturers who designed quality products, not industrialized ones. The 1950’s-1970’s saw an onslaught of bears into the market; the saturation caused buyers to purchase less expensive bears over the bears of quality.

The Teddy Bear Comeback

Any number of things can be attributed to the market shifting back towards the older Teddy Bear Manufacturers. Nostalgia, Marketing and some claim a single actor Peter Bull, who openly expressed his love of bears, sparked the current Teddy Bear Revolution. One of the highest prices for an auction bear goes to Steiff’s Teddy Girl, which attracted $174,000 in 1994! The high price is rare but it is not rare today to find bears in auctions fetching high 6 digit prices.

Private Artists, who are designing bears throughout the world in Austrailia, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, United States, help drive the market, along with the major manufacturers such as Steiff. Germany is seeing a surge as many Germans who treated their Steiffs as toys are realizing now that there is a Global Collecting Frenzy. Japan throughout the 90’s and today has become a major trading hub for collectors as well the United States. The advent of the internet is helping smaller artists pursue new buyers in the Global Economy, further driving the Teddy Bear market.

Teddy Bear Artists


Here you can find your favorite Teddy Bear artist by clicking one of the letters of the alphabet above. There are currently 730 artists in the database.

Collectors

Do you know of an artist who should be listed here? Feel free to email us using the contact form and we will add it to the system. Consider joining the mailing list which will be available in the next week. As artists add new products, new releases we will be sending a monthly news letter to all registered users. This will also include industry news as well as releases from Teddy Bear Manufacturers.

Artists : Add your name to the Database

If you are an artist and would like your company to be listed in the database, please feel free to email us using the contact form. Once your company has been added to the system you will be able to login and add your contact information, upload pictures, modify description and more. In the very near future you will be able to add new releases to your artist page. All new release are automatically added to the home page.