Marina Kachan

Hello, my name is Marina Kachan and Teddyroom is a great part of my life. I work as a teddy bear artist for 7 years.

My first profession was an engineer at a power supply company. I began to create teddy bears when a company in which I worked was closed and I was left with no job.

My first bear living with my mom. Now my teddy bears live around the world.

Once I had a custom job to make wedding teddy bears (the bride and groom). It was very interesting to choose their costumes, creating a bouquet of flowers and other wedding details. I created them with great pleasure. After a while the newlyweds found me and asked to make one more baby teddy bear.

My family helps me in everything. My husband makes beautiful pictures and is the technical support. My daughter Sofia does the hugging of the bears. She is two years old.

Handmade has given me the ability to stay home with my daughter throughout her childhood which is very important to me. I can plan my working day as I want. Also bears give me a great opportunity to travel. I am independent of the office, and I can live in different countries and create my teddy bears there.

My Bears are made in accordance with Teddy technology by master pattern developed by me, one of a kind. I use only the highest-quality materials, as Schulte, Helmbold Mohair, Viscose, glass eyes specially for teddy bears. They are at least five way jointed. I create them with a great deal of love, so each of them has a part of my heart.

I can not stop in the creation of Teddy bears. I constantly improve the patterns and processes of creation.  My dream is always to make my bears and to have a big workroom.

I love all of my bears, and I know that they are in love in their new homes.

Also I have Instagram: @kachanmarina

I think If you love what you do you will succeed.

Teddy bears are not toys. They are our friends and partners that follow with us through our life, reminiscent of the joyful event and support in difficult times.

Many thanks for the interest in my teddy bears.
Best wishes and bears hugs
Marina Kachan and my Teddy bears.

Elina Oplakanska

My name is Elina Oplakanska, my trading name is Elina`s Bears. I’m an architect and illustrator and I like art so much. It is my job and life.

I like to change where i live regularly because for me it’s a big inspiration. I like to travel and to take photos and to make drawings. It gives me a lot of new emotions, inspiration.

My first bear was made a long time ago. But I can’t say on which day I made my 1st bear. I think it was about 6 years ago…or a little bit more. One year ago I started to make bunnies. It is my love. I want to make another kind of sweet animals. I think it can be this year. I have a lot of ideas for the future. I think it will write a book one day with my illustrations and about my bears. I have already some beautiful stories.

My dream was always to make one little vintage bear. I drew and drew…and dreamed. And some years later I bought materials and I made one little bear. It was my first bear. After that I gave it to my friend as a gift.It was a very nice moment. I saw a happy face of my friend. It makes me happy and it’s a moment I will never forget. Since that time I make bears. Now I’m a full time bear maker. It’s my passion and I make my bears with all my heart. I make my bears and bunnies in my studio. My bears and bunnies are an art toys for collectors, they are OOAK (one-of-a-kind). I make everything by hand.

Elina`s Bears are more traditional but in my shabby chic style. My style is like old vintage bears. Every one of my bears has a special character. They are sometimes strong, they have their stories, they are sweet and in love. They have French names. I like to use viscose and vintage fabrics.I like these materials, they are very special. I like shabby chic. And I love antique and vintage things, and also I make my bears vintage, too. Old things have a very interesting and long story.

I find old materials in special materials shops, and often people send old items of clothing that are perfect for this shabby look.

I sell my bears in galleries and also private to collectors.Everybody can write me and I’ll answer to all. My bears and bunnies are on my own website and also I have Instagram @elinasbears

shaz bears

  • Vintage sewing

    This is an adorable hand made set consisting of a mohair bear and all little miniature items the bear is 16 cm tall
    One of a kind

    Made by
    Shaz Hale
I am Sharon Hale and I’m 47 years old. Many thanks for taking the time to check out my bears.

I have been busy during the last 19 years making a large number of original mohair bears. I want to thank my mum Julie. Without her support, I possibly would have not fulfilled my big dream of having a business I really like so much.

I’ve 2 boys and a lovely husband who supports me. E Commerce has given me have the ability to stay home with the kids throughout their childhood which is very important to me.

I first got thinking about bears whenever a friend and I visited a bear display at Camberwell City hall in Melbourne. I fell completely head over heals deeply in love with a lovely little bear 10 cm high. He was not on the market but was in a package to make, therefore i attended a class and also never looked back.

About 11 years back my mum Julie opened up her home enabling me to conduct courses during the night. We still do them nowadays ,and on Mon Tuesday and Wednesday from 7pm until 9.30 you’ll hear 8 women actively chatting and having a great time making bears,. I still involve some of my original students who’ve become great friends.

I make bears nearly each day. The most asked query I get asked a whole lot isDo you get fed up with making bears ? … I could honestly say
I have never felt I possibly could not make another , and I’ve thought to myself when that day time comes it’s time to fully stop.

I have become very keen on “Shabby Chic ” and several of my bears signify that appearance. I also love vintage and older tins and nick knacks.

I would want to thank my many customers who’ve been buying my bears and assisting me through the years, Many have big collections (Probably bigger than my very own, “shaz bears” collection.) I simply hope when you purchase my bears, you’ll feel it is just like a little friend , so when you gaze upon them they’ll put a smile on your face.

Anja Kiehnle-Sacher

My name is Anja Kiehnle-Sacher and I live in Freiburg, Breisgau – „The Pearl of South Baden“ in the „Black Forest“. „ 

As with many others, craftsmanship also started already with me in my childhood. Still today I see the hands of my grandmother on mine when we sat together on her corner seat and, even before I started school, she taught me crochet work and knitting. 

Handicrafts accompanied me over and over again throughout my live.   

At the age of 35 I became very ill and in the period afterwards once again handicrafts took on a whole new importance. The first few months after my long hospitalisation were almost exclusively in the bed, however, i could move again, I got out the crochet needle and crocheted cushions and covers.  

 Around this time, I made my first teddy bear from a pattern which I found in a book. After that, I did not make teddy bears any more. But in 2010, a few years later, I was determined to do an online course “Classic Teddy Bears”. with Rotraud Ilisch The only one I’ve ever made.   

2011 I decided to take part in the TED worldwide 2012 in Wiesbaden. I worked out my Teddy bear girl „Greta“ and sent the registration. „Greta“ was nominated and she actually won the first place! 

My joy was so great, that, since this day, I can’t do without my Teddy bears any more. Meanwhile my teddy bears won every year in their categories and classes in the TED and other competitions too.  

 All my bears are completely designed and handmade by myself. I use only the highest-quality materials, as Schulte or Alpaca, Helmbold Mohair, Noble Plush or Viscose. They are at least five way jointed. Classic teddy bears are designed according to their early ancestors, their proportions, expressions and look with Lauschaer glass eyes into the world. Others types often have plastic skeletons for different positions.   

Teddy bears have a long tradition. So many ideas, thoughts and life stories too are directly interwoven with them. Old or new, every Teddy bear writes his own history. Whether in a children’s rooms, among adults, or sometimes forgotten for ages in an attic.  

 Over the decades, they have changed their looks and their diversity, today they appear in all forms and yes, colours too. But they have never lost their charm. They still are good friends, who share some secrets with us. They love being cuddled by us and are sitting on our lap or hand, they always wait patiently and their ears are ever open to our sorrows and needs and also for beauty and such things, that are not intended for everybody’s ears.   

Teddy bears talk all languages of the world, they are absolutely international and don’t differentiate between the people. The joy of them units so many people around the world. They offer connection and equality. These are the thoughts, is my motivation I have, when I am creating my Teddy bears. I myself like to have them around me and I know, that it’s the same with many people too.   

Now, one might say, that „it is only about a Teddy bear!“ I say, „it is not less than about a Teddy bear!“  

 If You want to know more about me and my teddy bears please visit my page: If You have any question, please don’t hesitate and contact me: [email protected]


Today I’m going to show you how to make a stuffed bear using the bear kits that Wendy sells on her website shiny happy world. These are really easy to do and you can make one in less than an hour.
When you get your kit in the mail this is what’s going to look like. teddy bear patternhandmade teddy bear It’s got all the pieces that you need printed right on the fabric it also has some really simple instructions printed on the fabric you’ll see here that it’s really easy to do, so the first thing you going to do is basically just cut out around all these pieces and your just going to cut out right on the edge of the color where the color meets the white and so you have all the pieces cut out I’m not going to do that here because that would be boring.
We have all the pieces cut-out here so you can see so we have a bear front and a bare back and then we’ve also got pieces for the hands to a beach shape and pieces for the ear and the ears have pink fronts and green backs to match the rest of the bear. Once you have all those pieces cut out I’m going to show you first we’re going to put together the hands. You have your two pieces that match you just want to put them right sides together. You can paint if you want to but for something this small I don’t even usually bother. we’re going to take it over to the sewing machine and with a quarter inch seam allowance, we’re going to sew just around that U. We’re going to leave this top part open so that we can turn that hand right side out.
Next we’re going to go over to the sewing machine and I’ll show you how to do that. We’re going to sew this using a quarter-inch seam allowance that is the edge of the fabric lined up right with the edge of the presser foot. I have a whole video just showing you how to sew curves on sewing machine if you’ve never done that before or if you’re at all nervous about it. sewing a teddy bearWhat we’re going to do here’s just lower the pressure foot. Back stitch it for a couple of stitches, then stitch forward. We’re just going to stitch right around that curve. Go slow where it curves. If you feel like it’s getting ahead of you, I like to lower the presser foot, lower the needle down into the presser foot, lift this up and do a little bit of turning myself just to get caught up to it. That’s a trick that also helps kids a lot they immediately get how useful that is and it’s something that they’re completely capable of doing so if they seem to be having a little trouble keeping up with that curve that’s a nice trick to teach them. You’re going to go all the way around that U. Backstitch again at the end and take it out of the machine you want to snip off those tail ends.
Next step is to go on over to the ironing board and I’m going to show you how we turn that right side out and press it flat. Okay to turn something right side out that I can’t really easily get my fingers into, this I could do but the ears are going to be smaller so I’m going to show you a nifty tool that I use a lot. These are turning tubes; you got a tube and a stick.turning tubes You put your tube into the shape that you’re trying to turn, you put the rounded edge of the stick down on the top there and then that gives you a little anchor and you can turn right side out over the stick, then just use the stick to smooth out all those curves there. Get it nice and smooth and then you want to press that flat with some steam from the iron to get it nice and flat. so now I’ve got one hand done I need to go over and sew the other hand and both of the ears I’m not going to show you that coz it’s exactly the same process is this one, sew it around the U, turn it, press it flat.
Okay now we have both of the hands and both the ears sewn turned and pressed and now I just need to pin them to the Bears front so you’re going to place the bear front face up so that you can see what’s what and you want to position these hands in the top third of the belly. It’s not very important where you put them, there’s no right or wrong place and whatever you do is going to look cute but I usually tend to put him in that top third. Pin those in place so they don’t shift around while you’re sewing. Same thing with the ears, you’re going to pin those, pink side down and I put them up in the corners of the head.position hands of teddy bear Again the placement isn’t critical but you don’t want to put them on the middle of the head, which would look dorky. Just put them off toward the corners and pin those in place, now you’re almost ready. You’re going to take that back at the bear and you’re going to put it face-down over the front of the bear and line that up. I like to do the lineup point that the points that most easily lineup I like to pin those first. So do the U in-between his legs.
I’m going to do the top corners because those line up easily. Then I do the outside corners at his feet. The other thing that you need to think about is where you want to leave this open for stuffing and I like to leave a flat area opened for stuffing if I can to choose a flat area not a curved area so I’m gonna leave the area right below his arm this is where I’m going to start my stuffing opening and I’m gonna go down to right about where the curve of his foot starts. I’m going to put those pins there to remind me to start and stop that’s going to be my starting opening I’m going to put one more pain up here and just a couple pins on the side so that it holds them all together while I’m sewing.
Now I’m going to take this over to the sewing machine and I’m going to start sewing here at the bottom of the stuffing opening in a backstitch with a quarter of an inch seam allowance I’m going to sew all the way around the bear and I’m gonna stop at this pin Okay so I’m going to start sewing right down there my first pin gonna backstitch a couple of stitches I’m going to start sewing around the bottom of his foot and I do all of this with a quarter of an inch seam allowance so I’m keeping this edge of the fabric lined up with that edge of the presser foot. When I go around the turns, I’m just going to use my hands a little bit and pull the pins out as they get in the way. sewing a handmade teddy bearThis is probably the trickiest bit of sewing here is this tight curve around the top part of where his legs come together. Don’t sew over your pins as you can break a needle that way. I always slow down when I go over the hands right now I’m sewing over the hand catching that in the seam allowance and slow down again over the ear. Then I go over the last hand making sure I go a little bit past that hand making sure it’s really securely attached. Then I backstitch just before the opening. Then I take that over to the cutting table I’m gonna show you need to do some clipping of this curve in here.
Okay we’ve got this little curve here anytime that you have a concave curve that’s a curve that goes in, you need to clip that right up to the threads of your stitching. snipping the curveYou wanna be really careful not to clip your actual stitching lines but you want to go right up to it so I just snipped into that curve right up to the line of stitching but not into it, you don’t want to cut that stitching or you will have a hole in your softy. You just want to cut it a few times right in the tight part of the curve and then that’s the only inside curve so the next step is to turn it right side out. For this we don’t need any tools because the opening is big enough to get to it, and then I do like to use a stick just to help you get everything pressed out smoothly and right into all this little to make a teddy bear
Next step you’re going to take it over to the ironing board but you don’t want to press the whole thing flat we are gonna press the opening flat just to make it much easier to sew up after you’re done stuffing him. It’s going to give you some guidelines there. So this is easy, you just going to kind of let it turn in on itself, press it so that it’s smooth so that you get a continuous line and just get a little bit of steam and what that’s going to do is that when you’re ready to sew it closed those crease marks are going to give you are really nice guidelines to follow.
Now it’s time to stuff. It’s pretty simple the main thing to remember is don’t be skimpy you want your stuffing to be really smooth all the way around you don’t want his legs to be floppy.stuffing a teddy bear You want him to be about the same texture of a marshmallow so shoot for that when you’re stuffing. There are two different ways to sew up the stuffing opening there’s a whipstitch which I didn’t use here. A whipstitch is a little bit more visible but it’s the easier way to sew up the stuffing opening this is the more invisible way it takes a little bit more skill but it’s still not too difficult to do I do with kids and this is called the ladder stitch witch is just about invisible. That’s how you sew up the opening and that’s it so that’s it it’s really really easy to make a stuffed bear with one of these kits.
If you want to use your own fabric for it I also have a pattern for the exact same bear but you’re going to have to do some embroidery to do his face and you’re going to have to do some appliqué to give that contrast in color on his belly but it’s also really easy but it takes a little more than an hour this one takes less than an hour.
handmade artist teddy bear

  • Bear Dreamer

    7 inches (18 centimeters)

    Dreamer is one-of-a-kind, sewing from German plush and German alpaca. Stuffed with hollowfiber and metal granulate.
    Teddy bear has moving joints of the head and paws. Eyes are glass, nose is made from polymer clay FIMO and covered acrylic varnish. Tinting by pastel.
    Dreamer is hand-sewn by my own pattern. Decorated by lace and paper flower .

    Made by
    Irina Makarova
  • **Barnabas** by AKiSa-Bären

    **Barnabas** loves to sing street ballads of times past, and this he does really loud sometimes ;)). But otherwise, he is very kind.

  • Vintage sewing

    This is an adorable hand made set consisting of a mohair bear and all little miniature items the bear is 16 cm tall
    One of a kind

    Made by
    Shaz Hale
A Teddy Bear isn’t just a plaything, but a collectible for many individuals all over the world. Every Bear has its personality and mood; it really is one of a kind. Known around the globe as a “Teddy Bear”, bears are going through a renaissance. Rare types of both old and new collectable bears are real artworks that are a way to obtain pleasure for most collectors. 

The collection worth of a modern Teddy depends upon many factors; however the main will be the author’s work and the production volume. A charming Teddy Bear could be a wonderful gift both for a kid and an adult. It can add style to any interior; creating a warmth and homelike environment. 

A Teddy Bear can be a best friend for the child, sharing in the child’s joy, and hearing probably the most heartfelt secrets of each child. He is the one who will bring a feeling of calm and protection to a small child’s world. Hopefully, this happy and playful mood, which they share with you, will stay with you for a long time. Artist bears are bears developed and created by bear artist. They could be created from synthetic fur or actual fur such as for example mohair. These bears are usually for the bear collector. Exactly like the enthusiasts who collect manufactured bears such as Steiff bears, these bears are usually heirloom quality and may be passed on. 

The fun thing about these bears is each artist has their own style. An extremely popular trend is miniature bears. These bears are just several inches tall and are totally handmade. Some artist make traditional design bears whilst others make very modern design bears. Price varies with each artist based on cost of components, time and energy to make, and experience. The more experience an artist gets the more popular their creations are. Lots of artist enter contests and participate in internet and personal teddy bear shows. General teddy bear artist have become extremely serious about their craft and place a lot of hard work into producing them.

Gebrüder Bing

Gebr BING, manufactures, and markets common teddies, dolls, trains and toys and games.

Early History

Ignaz and Adolf Bing established Gebrüder Bing in Nürnberg, Germany in 1865 as a tin and kitchenware supplier. Around 1890 the business began making enameled toys and games. In 1907 Gebrüder Bing made their initial bears, signing up for the teddy bear revolution at its elevation. To tell apart their bears, Gebrüder Bing used a steel arrow in the bear’s ear canal, with the initials G.B.N. occur in a diamond. After the tag was shifted from the ear canal to beneath the arm. Around 1920 a metal label mounted on the right arm substituted the tag. Due to Bing’s history in mechanics, it was natural they became well-known for their mechanical bears and toys and games. They ranged from bobbing-head bears to walkers, climbers, and skaters.

From 1905 to 1909 Gebrüder Bing seemed to be the “Greatest Toy Maker on earth,” employing over 6,000 skilled staff. After Ignaz Bing passed away in 1918, his boy Stephan took over the business. The next season Gebrüder Bing Nürnberg seemed to be renamed Bing-Werke. The business was very productive in the toy sector, however in 1927 the family began to separate themselves from the business enterprise. With the business in arrears by 1932, most of Bing’s resources and machinery went up for auction.

BING Revival

German businessman Eric Kluge features ended up at the helm of the Bing revival. He seemed to be raised from the very beginning in the toy enterprise. Bamberger Puppenwerkstätte, his mom and dads shop, needed to be operated exclusively by his mommy during World War II. His daddy was drafted in to the German Army, causing his mom because the sole shopkeeper.

The core of the business enterprise during the war seemed to be the doll repair. There have been no toys on the market from 1939 until very well after the war. Only a decade old when his father was drafted, Eric aided his mommy repair dolls that entered the shop. Right before Christmas would bring probably the most work. The most frequent repair seemed to be restringing, with elastic or elastic bands. Supplies were in limited supply.

Eric and his spouse Margot overran the doll business in 1958. This clinic provided an excellent reference for both antique dolls and teddies. This expertise is what brought Eric and Margot to finally try the Bing Revival.

Another woman would play a notable purpose in the revival of Bing. Mrs. Herman Weidlich, (spouse of a BING bear custom made) found Eric and Margot Kluge’s doll shop, the Bamberger Puppenklinik. She commissioned them to market a few of her antique dolls, that actually belonged to her girl, Hilde. When these dolls were taken to them, Eric was entirely unaware of the history of the Weidlichs. It was years after, when Eric met the descendants of the Weidlich family in america, that the reality dawned. “Once we talked, I began to remember an encounter having an elderly Bamberg customer whose last name was also Weidlich. She had delivered a vintage doll to be purchased,” discussed Eric. Upon his return to Germany, he learned the woman had died. He tracked down her daughter, Hilde Weidlich- Dittkowski. Hilde supported the Bing Firm and shared paintings, drawings and many stories about her daddy, Herman Weidlich, and her grandfather, Kunz Weidlich. She consented to permit the utilisation of these resources in ways the Bing organization saw fit.

Borrowing from the past, the many offerings which were produced by the brand new “Bing” show the business’s genuine effort to regenerate quality, not quantity! Benefit from the products and experience a number of the newly created Bings.

how old is my jakas teddy

1970s teddy

1980s teddy

‘BIg Ted’



The Jakas company began producing teddy bears in the late 1950s, in Melbourne.

1950s-The earliest teddies were distinctively different to those made from the 1960s on-wards. Fully jointed, and with brown glass eyes, they were made from a wool/synthetic fabric, with woven fabric for the pads (possibly being reversed pieces of the body material). The label was machine-stitched on beige fabric, reading JAKAS TOYS/ WASH IN LUX€™.

Teddies produced from the 1960s to the 1980s have a distinctive look, and can more easily be recognised and dated, according to their labels, fabrics and €˜look€™.

1962-One of the most recognised teddies in Australia would be €˜Big Ted€™ from the longest running children€™s television show, €˜Play School€™. Big Ted was produced by Jakas and has the outstretched arms and face that were to become synonymous with Jakas. He has plastic lock-in eyes, pioneered by Wendy Boston, which met the newly-introduced government regulations for child safety. His label, as do the other teddies made at this time, would read€™ JAKAS TOYS/WASH IN LUKEWARM LUX€™, embroidered in red on a white background. Foam-filled, he is able to be fully submerged, which allows him to be hygienically washed. The teddy shown in the featured picture is also a 1960s teddy.

These unjointed teddies were produced in a range of sizes, from 15 cm, which included a satin hanging ribbbon, for attaching to a cot or bassinette. The majority were made in shades of beige, yellow or orange, though blue, pink, and other colours were also manufactured.

1970s-This teddy was made in the late 1970s. His face is very similar to those of the 1960s, with the small, black vertically-stitched nose and small, straight mouth. This sheild-shaped nose and mouth are distinctive to the company. The fabric has a shorter pile, but is also a synthetic plush. As can be seen, his head is round, with a flat muzzle. He was made, as most Jakas teddies of this time were, in the seated position, with arms outstretched. He doesn€™t have any pads. and is 32cm tall. His label reads €˜JAKAS TOYS€™, sewn onto the inside of his right leg, embroidered in red on white cotton.

1980s-The fabric used at this time, and for this teddy, had a longer pile, and so teddies produced during the 1980s appear more fluffy than earlier versions. This example also has a smile, whereas most others retained the horizontal mouth. His tags reads JAKAS TOYS€™, printed in red ink on a white background.

1989Jakas also produced a limited edition range of high quality synthetic toys and teddies, to compete with the influx of cheaper Asian imports, by offering quality for discerning buyers. This included a pussy cat with a lovely smiling face, and of wonderful quality. Her eyes are high-quality plastic, and she has embroidered features. The pink plush used for her body is woven-backed, and very thick. Pads are of pink cotton. Her tag reads JAKAS SOFT TOYS/MELBOURNE-AUSTRALIA€™, with the €˜Made in Australia€™ symbol on the right hand side, and is printed in green ink on white.

1990-A limited edition of mohair teddies was also produced in this year. These teddies are quite hard to find.


In the early 1970s, Joy Toys was competing in a changed market. The removal of tariffs meant that toys produced more cheaply in Asia were able to flood the market, and this led to the closure of a large proportion of what had previously been very successful Australian toy companies.

This catalogue, produced in about 1971-3, illustrates the changing production that Joy Toys undertook, to try and remain in business. It was a time of transition, from the more expensive and labour-intensive quality of the 1920s-60s, to cheaper, synthetic (and more competitive) toy production.

The range of teddies shows that  the company still produced their quality mohair, jointed teddies. Each had brown velour pads, glass eyes, and the Joy Toys embroidered smiling mouth. This traditional style of teddy came in five sizes. Along side these bears, were the unjointed synthetic teddies and pandas. In bright colours and with plastic google eyes, they could be offered for sale at a much lower price. Other versions of this style had long, tipped synthetic fur. Interestingly, the smaller teddy and panda, with outstretched arms, were sold in clear plastic cylinders!

The company also produced a range of animals. Giraffes were available in sizes from 41cm to 117cm, with a similar ‘look’ to those made in the 1950s, but with slightly different materials and with plastic (not glass) eyes. Lions and tigers, donkeys (from 32-104cm), cats, dogs, ducks, kangaroos and chickens in various styles were also offered, as was a golly.

Novelty toys were popular. Pouffes were made in a range of animals, in colourful synthetic fabrics, with plastic eyes and were solidly foam-filled. Wheeled ride-on animals, in sizes from 38-53cm, could also be used as walkers or pre-walkers. These were mostly animals, with the additional of a train! Similar to the 1950s and 60s versions, they had  plastic eyes though, and red or purple tags.

Joy Toys, unfortunately, was unable to remain in business, and closed in 1976.


** The Sandown Toy Collectors’ Fair**

Sunday, May 6th, Sandown Race Course, Melbourne: 9am-3pm*

(*small admission fee)

We have decided to sell some of our collection of teddies and soft toys at this fair! We will be selling many toys by Joy Toys, Verna, Emil, Jakas, and Lindee, as well as many very old koalas, teddies and toys by Steiff, Hermann, (etc) and the very earliest Humphreys! (All will be at reasonable prices). If you are able to come along, please feel free to say ‘hi’-we’ll be the ones behind the table full of old soft toys!



The Schreyer Toy Company, more commonly known as Schuco, flourished during the first half of the twentieth century. It was founded in 1912 by Heinrich Muller who, after an apprenticeship with Gebruder Bing (toymakers), began his toy company with Heinrich Schreyer.

In 1913 Schreyer introduced it’s first range of soft toys, which were wheeled animals, one of which was a bear. It was very successful however the two owners were conscripted into the military after the outbreak of WW1, which closed the factory in 1914.

After the war, Muller recommenced the business, with a textile merchant, Adolf Kahn, in 1919.

In 1921, the trade name ‘Schuco’ was registered. Schuco also launched the highly successful ‘Yes/No’ bear in the same year. This bear’s little tail was a lever which moved his head left and right, and up and down. He spawned a huge range of toys using the same principle, for the next fifty five years, until the factory ceased production!

Schuco also produced many other novelty bears during the 1920s, often incorporating mechanical workings. The miniature range became one of it’s most popular ranges, each of which had a mohair covering over a metal frame, little felt paws and were only 6cm tall. The little bears appealed to children and also to women when the variety was extended to a range of accessories, including teddies which concealed a lipstick, perfume or a mirror.

The Second World War again closed the factory for toy production, and the buildings suffered several bombing attacks. The factory recovered after the war, though, and was able to export large orders to the U.S. Schuco teddies from the 1950s-60s are known for their large ears and big eyes, and it is this cute look that added to their success, and their appeal to collectors today. Another very successful range from the 1960s was the ‘Bigo Bello’ series, of teddies and animals with happy, animated eyes, partially dressed, and which included  ‘soccer player’ teddies, bunnies and pussy cats.

From 1965, several factors caused the closure of many of the major teddy factories, including Schuco. It had experienced  a sharp decline in sales of its tin toy range, due to competition from the budget-priced Japanese toy makers. Whilst the teddy bear arm of the factory continued to do well, it ultimately wasn’t able to keep the rest of the company buoyant, and Schuco declared bankruptcy in 1976.


Pre-WW2:’Made in Germany DRGM’

Post WW2:’ Made In US Zone, Germany’

Bigo-Bello range-‘Schuco Made in Western-Germany(/Reverse)bigo-bello/HEGI-PRODUXTION….