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Teddy Bear Identification - Books

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Reference Books for Teddy Bears

One of the obvious ways of identifying your teddy bear is to have a look through some good reference books.

There are several standard reference works which we use

For Steiff Bears the ultimate reference work is probably ...

Steiff Teddy Bears - Love for a Lifetime (Steiff)
 

For British Teddy Bears (also bears around the world) ...

The Ultimate Teddy Bear Book, Pauline Cockrill (Dorling Kindersley)

The Teddy Bear Encyclopedia, Pauline Cockrill (Dorling Kindersley)


For American Teddy Bears (also bears around the world) ...

Teddy Bears - A Collector's Identification Guide (Vols I & II) Linda Mullins (Hobby House Press)

The "Teddy Bear and Friends" Price Guides, Linda Mullins

There are many other books and guides available.

The important thing is to find books with plenty of photos of identifiable, labeled bears and compare them with your model.

Many of the books have price guides but you are advised that the bear market changes quickly and that prices are often out of date.

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Build - Looking at its construction for clues to its identity

Fakes - is your bear a fake? Some hints.

Books - You can spend hundreds on books

Experts - Who are the real experts

Facts - Some ideas about writing down your facts

Alphabetical Listings...
Bing
Wendy Boston
Boyds
John W Bratton
Chad Valley 
Janet Changfoot
Chiltern
Deans Rag Book Company
Farnell  
Grisly Speilwaren 
Gund The American giant 
Hermann, Hermann Speilwaren, Gebruder Hermann, Hermann Teddy Original 
Jimmy Kennedy who wrote the words to the song Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Merrythought
Shuco
Teddy Bears’ Picnic music by John W Bratton and the lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy

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