Gebruder Sussenguth Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Gebruder Sussenguth was an East German toy manufacturer founded in Neustadt, Bavaria near Coburg, Thuringia, in 1894, by the Sussenguth brothers, Wilhelm and Franz. They produced toys and dolls from 1925 – 1928. They are best known for their series of Peter bears. A hundred of these bears were discovered in 1974 in a closed down store/warehouse and were brought to England to be sold. Each Peter bear came in its original box, fully labeled, with a round tag on its chest with the words “Peter” Ges Gesch (legally protected),” and a serial number Nr 895257. These are very rare and the only ones known to exist.

They came in several colors and sizes. Brown was the most common color with pink, gray and apricot being more rare. They had “googly” glass or wooden eyes, a black composite nose, ferocious open mouth filled with wooden teeth and molded composition tongue that moved from side to side along with the eyes when the head was turned.

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  1. theresia 10 Jan, 2015

    I am trying to find sussenguth relatives I lived in the U.S.

  2. Emm Irish 18 Nov, 2016

    Hello Theresa, My name is Emma Sussenguth, and I’m from the United States. I live in Maine! 🙂

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