Other collectible bears include the Knickerbocker Toy Co. of New York bears (produced c. 1924–1925), which are marked with a label in the front seams. Knickerbocker bears usually have long bodies, small feet, and short, straight arms and legs. “Hershey’s Bears,” which were made to promote The Hershey Company’s chocolate bars, are also prized by collectors.
Brands associated with teddy bears that have enjoyed popularity include Teddy Ruxpin and Care Bears. Among the largest and best-known “do-it-yourself” chains are Build-A-Bear Workshop and Vermont Teddy Bear Company. Popular mass-marketed teddy bears made today include Rupert, Sooty, Paddington, and Pudsey Bear.
As well as remaining among the most popular gifts for children, teddy bears are also prized by adults, and are given to signify love, congratulations, and sympathy. The highly collectible treasures of Americana—as well as a selection of other stuffed toys, including Raggedy Ann and Andy—are well represented in the collection of teddy bears offered by Lion and Unicorn, and available during our August 24, 2019 Auction.