M. Pintel Fils Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

M. Pintel Fils was the earliest manufacturer of plush teddy bears in France. Marcel Pintel started making stuffed toys for his father’s firm in Paris in 1913. The first Pintel teddy bear was a mechanical tumbling clown that appeared in their 1911 catalog and in 1913 their trademark featuring two embracing bears was registered. During World War I production slowed but by 1919 they developed a new line of stuffed animals and dolls. A year later, they produced their first mohair bears with firm filling and tapering limbs. The bears became so popular that they received help from other bear makers like Thiennot. The company closed down during World War II but started up again after the war using whatever materials they could find. They continued to produce Pintel bears until 1976 when the business closed.

Typical Features Of Early Pintel Bears
Tapered arms
Eyes stitched into the back of the head
Long, large feet
Vertical nose stitching with a longer stitch at either end
Cotton paw pads with three claws
Long limbs
Voice box
Metal identification button attached to the chest until the 1930’s

Typical Features Of Later Pintel Bears
Fully jointed
Glass eyes
Paw pads
Button attached to the chest
Stitched noses
Large feet

Between 1927 and 1930 Pintel produced a number of bears that were mounted on wheels and tricycles.


Bing Bears – Gebruder Bing Teddy Bear, History, Information

Gebruder Bing was founded in Nuremberg in 1865 by Ignaz and Adolf Bing to make tin and kitchenware and later enameled and tin toys around 1890. They made their first bears in 1907 at the height of the teddy bear boom. The first Bing bears had a metal arrow in the ear with the initials G.B.N. set in a diamond. Steiff started litigation against Bing for using the tag in the ear, so Bing put a metal button underneath the arm instead. Steiff still objected to the word “button”, so Bing instead used “G.B.N. label under the arm.” Around 1920, Bing stopped using the tag and replaced it with a metal label attached to the right arm.

Bing is best known for it’s mechanical bears introduced around 1910, very hard to find nowadays. Early Bing teddy bears resembled Steiff bears but changed it’s design around 1920, using a longer snout with distinctive stitching on the muzzle and a very wide smile. Bing stopped producing bears in 1932 but still remain a favorite among collectors.

Popular Bing Bears:
1908 mechanical bears with a wide head, small ears, long arms and body, large oval feet, claw stitching, felt paw pads

1915 16 inch bears had long, white, silky, mohair coat, light colored nose, claw stitching

Bing tumbling bears, bears on skis, bears on roller skates

Typical Features Of Bing Bears
Round head
Small ears set on the side of the head
Boot button eyes
Long arms, curved paws
High quality mohair
Vertical stitching on bears over 16 inches, horizontal stitching on smaller bears
Short unshaven muzzle
Small facial features
G.B.N. engraved metal button under the arm until 1910

Wide head
Slightly larger ears set on side of head
Glass eyes
Long arms, curved paws
Quality mohair
Vertical stitching on bears over 16 inches, horizontal stitching on smaller bears
Longer muzzle
Metal tag under the arm, metal label on the body or a limb

Very large head
Very large ears set on top of head
Orange glass eyes
Shorter arms, curved paws
Very long silky mohair
Distinctive nose stitching on bears over 16 inches with a double stitch that runs under the middle stitches and frames the nose
Very long shaved muzzle
Very long smile extending the width of the muzzle
Orange metal button with B.W. painted in black attached to right arm


Carolyn Jacobsen Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Carolyn Jacobsen is an American teddy bear artist that started making bears in 1982. Her first bears were made of acrylic plush, later using mohair she found on mohair coats and sleigh blankets. She makes traditional style bears using her own designs and vintage fabrics and accessories, with bears ranging in size from 3 inches to 30 inches.

One of Carolyn Jacobsen’s more popular teddy bears is Old World Father Christmas, which is a 24 inch bear in a limited edition of 4 that goes for around $400 in 2001.


Harman Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Harman Manufacturing Company is a New York company that made teddy bears and other items like teddy bear purses, teddy dolls and possums. Many Harman bears had voice boxes, short bristle mohair, arms set low on body and straight legs. A 1907 Harman 18 inch bear would go for about $530.


Fabian Song Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Fabian Song is a teddy bear artist from Singapore and has been making bears under the name Singapore Sensations since 1996. He makes about 100 teddy bears a year, usually one of a kinds. Fabian usually soft sculpts the bears’ paws, painting and airbrushing to accentuate certain features of the bears. Typical Fabian Song bears range in size from 6 to 24 inches and go for $295 – $980.

Popular Fabian Song, Singapore Sensations teddy bears include:
What A Bosom Buddy – 12.5, 18 inch bear. Toby Award winner in the Industry’s Choice category in 2002.

Dewdrop – 19 inch, open mouth bear with sculpted pads in 2002.

Bosom Buddies – pair of award winning bears

U Need A Hug? – 6 inch bear and 2002 Toby Award, Public Choice Winner

Care 2 Join Me – 10.5 inch bear and 2001 Toby Award Public Choice Winner and Winner of Golden George awarded in Germany.

Fabian Song has won the following awards:
1996 – Singapore Teddy Bear Artist Award
1997 – Singapore Teddy Bear Artist Award
1998 – First runner up in British Bear Artist Award
1999 – First prize in Linda Mullins Teddy Competition
1999 – Toby Award – Public Choice Winner
2000 – Toby Award – Public Choice Winner
2001 – Winner of Golden George in Germany
2001 – Champion Winner of Hasselt in Belgium
2001 – Toby Award – Public Choice Winner
2001 – Golden Teddy Award Winner
2002 – Toby Award – Industry’s Choice Winner


Audie Sison Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Audie Sison is a teddy bear artist from the Philippines and started designing his own bears in 1995 under the name AFS – A Teddy…By Audie. Japan Teddy Bear Association Convention in Tokyo.


John Paul Port Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

John Paul Port is a teddy bear artist and makes bears under the name Van Poort Designs. The son of Beverly Port, he created his first teddy bear in 1976 named Toby Teddy Bear, made of two pieces of felt sewn together. John Port not only makes teddy bears but is also co-publishes Teddy Today magazine.


Gabrielle Dutzler Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Gabrielle Dutzler is a teddy bear artist from Austria and makes bears under the name Ra-Lina Teddies, which is a combination of her children’s names Raphael and Selina. Typical Gabrielle Dutzler bears are one of a kinds made of different materials including batik fabric, mohair and alpaca with leather, sometimes paws with claws, sometimes with double neck joints, mouths can be opened or closed.

Gabrielle has won many teddy bear awards including first and third place at the Linda Mullins show in 2001 and first place at a Baltimore show in 2002.


Maray Bears – Margaret Bubner Teddy Bear, History, Information

Margaret Bubner is a teddy bear artist from South Australia that has been making bears under the name Maray Bears or The House of Maray since 1988, being one of Australia’s original teddy bear artists. Her bears have been featured on TV and teddy bear museums in the United States and Japan.

Margaret Bubner’s interest in bears first started after going to a teddy bear workshop with a friend in 1986. In 1994, she started up The House of Maray – Home of that Special Bear. Maray came from a combination of her first name and her husband’s name, Ray.


Acid Attic Bears – Marion Klein Teddy Bear, History, Information

Marion Klein is a teddy bear artist from Evian-les-Bains, France and has been making bears under the name Acid Attic bears since 2005.

Typical Marion Klein bears are made of high quality mohair and cotton fabrics, fully jointed with cotterpin joints and double stitched, usually one of a kinds with tiny german black glass eyes. The face is sculpted with woodwool. The nose is embroidered with black pearl cotton and then coated with polished black wax. Acid Attic Bears are stuffed with woodwool and quality hypoallergenic polyester fibers. The paws are made of woodfelt.

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