Emil Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Emil Toys or Emil Pty Ltd. made teddy bears from the mid 1930’s to the 1970’s in and around Melbourne, Australia. Early Emil teddy bears were made from imported mohair, with glass eyes and either a jointed or stiff neck. The paw pads were oil cloth, the front paws are pointed and the filling was a mixture of kapok and excelsior. Emil bears usually had black square noses and shiny Rexine pads. Some Emil bears had black claws. In the 1960’s, the quality deteriorated somewhat with the bears now having stiff necks, plastic eyes and paw pads made of white vinyl. They had either satin or white cloth labels that were usually sewn into a back or side seam and had “Emil Toys” or “Emil Toys Made In Australia” written in script, with a bear sitting, clutching the upright of the capital “E,” or a teddy sitting on the “E,” and “Made in Australia” printed in blue.

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