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FAO Schwarz Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

FAO Schwarz is one of the oldest and largest toy retailers in the world and opened their first outlet in 1862. Many of the F.A.O. Schwarz teddy bears are commissioned from other leading manufacturers like Steiff and American bear artist John Wright who was granted the exclusive rights from the Walt Disney Company to make Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet in a limited edition of 250 for FAO Schwarz in 1994 called Wintertime Pooh and Piglet.

Other well known FAO Schwarz bears include The Golden Gate bear developed to commemorate the opening of F.A.O. Schwarz’s new store in San Francisco in 1989. Another is “Truffles” made of synthetic fur made to resemble old mohair.

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