Schuco was the trade name for Schreyer & Co, a German toy company founded in 1912 in Nuremburg.
Known for its tinplate mechanical toys, Schuco began to make teddy bears in in mohair and plush fabric in earnest following the First World War with a Schuco “Yes/No” bear believed to have made its debut at the Leipzig spring toy fair in Germany in 1921.
This teddy had a mechanism allowing a tail-operated lever to move the bear’s head in a up and down and left to right in a ‘yes/no’ way. These were often referred to as the “Patented ‘Yes/No’ bears” They were made in a variety of sizes (six?) from 25cm to 60cm and various colours and mohair fabrics. The four smaller sizes contained squeakers, the two larger sized bears contained growlers
In 1924 Schuco introduced a series of miniature bears known as Piccolo Bears. They ranged in size from 9cm to 15cm and came in various vivid colour mohair.
In 1927 the range was extended and Compact Bears were produced which were designed to fit into a ladies bag, containing a mirror, compact, lipstick and powder puff or a perfume bottle or a manicure set.
Around 1950, the Tricky Yes/No teddy bear was re-introduced. Made in seven sizes, of various colours of blond, gold and brown mohair. These bears also contained growlers and some also contained Swiss musical mechanisms. They had distinctive down-turned paws, broad flat feet and their muzzles were often shaved. Early Tricky yes/no bears had short mohair and black boot button eyes. They wore a red bow and plastic medallion on their chest saying “Schuco TRICKY Patent” on one side and "Made in the US zone of Germany”
These bears continued being made until the 1970's when the company was taken over.