1909 Steiff Teddy Bear
Appraised Value: $2,000 - $2,500
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Appraisal Video: (2:56)
Dolls, Toys & Games
GUEST: This little bear belonged to my father. He is 95 years old. The picture here shows my father with the bear at age two.
APPRAISER: Now, he gave the bear a name.
GUEST: The bear has always been known as Ted. I have photographs of me actually at my first birthday and second and subsequent birthdays, with all of my toys, and Ted was always there.
APPRAISER: He's a mohair teddy bear, and he is German. And did you know anything about manufacturer or anything like that?
GUEST: Well, we've looked the best we can on the Internet. There are no markings, no tickets, labels or anything that we ever could find to make sure. We always were in hopes that he was a Steiff.
APPRAISER: Well, in fact, Ted is a Steiff.
GUEST: Is that right?
APPRAISER: And multiple reasons why we know he's a Steiff, but the main reason is he does have the original button in the ear, and it's the button that has the underscored F at the end of "Steiff." And that's an early button, and it ties him to the right period, everything. He's a nice light brown, mohair teddy bear. Now, obviously, Ted has had quite a life. He shows a lot of wear. You see the pads have worn, we see here that the pads have been replaced or covered up with a patch.
GUEST: I wondered about that.
APPRAISER: And he's lost some of his excelsior stuffing here.
APPRAISER: And so he's a little bit folded up in the stomach. His muzzle has some loss. He has some mohair loss. But all those years, he's been on display and loved, and Margaret Steiff made the teddy bear to do just that. It's a plaything and it's something to be loved, and that's what's great about Ted. And what's going to happen to Ted after?
GUEST: Well, I have two wonderful children that I hope one of them will take care of Ted for the rest of their lives.
APPRAISER: Right. Well, let's talk about Ted's value. If Ted was in perfect condition, he would be probably around $4,500, $5,000.
APPRAISER: So, you know, he has a lifetime of being exposed, and there's a heavy residue of dirt on him. We don't recommend cleaning all the time, but it might be okay to brush Ted, because he has such a residue of dirt on him. That's going to start decaying more and more mohair and create dry rot and other things. I mean, he needs to be stored in an even temperature, away from sunlight, all those things.
GUEST: Well, he's so fragile looking that we were really afraid to do anything to him, so he's natural.
APPRAISER: How long has he been in the chair?
GUEST: He's been in the chair 30 years.
APPRAISER: Yeah, well, based upon his condition, Ted's value would be $2,000 to $2,500.
GUEST: Is that a fact?
GUEST: Well, he's worth a lot more than that in my heart.
APPRAISER: Oh, absolutely-- he's priceless.
GUEST: He's very much so. Well, we'll continue to cherish him.
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