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Hecla Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Hecla was an American manufacturer that made bears from the early 1900’s. Hecla bears had voice boxes in direct competition to Steiff. Hecla teddy bears were made with imported German mohair and were assembled by German toymakers making it very difficult to tell the difference between Hecla bears and those made by Steiff.

Some typical features of Hecla bears include ears that are set wide apart, rust colored noses and claw stitching, closely set eyes made of clear glass with painted backs. They also have the hump on the bear’s back, large round feet and long limbs and arms set very high on the body.


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2 Comments:
  1. Alan Carnes 9 Sep, 2011

    I HAVE A “hecla” BEAR 14″ IN NEAR PERFECT CONDITION.
    can you give a value for this bear?

    Thank you
    Alan Carnes

  2. Geri 18 Nov, 2012

    Alan, I don’t know if you ever got an answer but I received an online appraisal for my 13 inch Hecla and was given a value of $2200 – $5000. My bear is also in very good condition.

    I have a photo of it on my Etsy website at http://www.etsy.com/shop/cooperstreasurehunt

    I had never heard of them and was actually planning on bidding on a Steiff at an estate auction. The Steiff was out of my price range so I took a chance on the Hecla and ended up getting a much better bargain because, fortunately for me, no one else at the auction knew any more about Hecla than I did.

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