What’s it worth? Appraisal for antique teddy bear

Chelsea asks:

I have this teddy bear. It is Italian, or sold in Italy but made in Europe. Mohair. Stuffed with wood chips. Missing one ear. No tags. Hand stitching. Sewn eyes and nose. Hump on back between arms. Rod in back that moves the head all the way around. Arms and legs move.

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AW says:  Although he’s adorable and indeed has some age,  the market for stuffed toys with significant damage is pretty low. If he’s hard packed with straw, he could be a Steiff, but with his left ear missing it’s difficult to say, as this is where they often inserted a metal button with the company’s name on it. It’s of little consequence anyway because with the ear missing, I’m afraid the value is low anyway.

Circa 1900-30

Retail value: $25

Wholesale value $10

Did you know that the name Teddy Bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was “Teddy”. The name originated from an incident on a bear-hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902, to which Roosevelt was invited by Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longin

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