Teddy bear update

Teddy bear update

The 1999 Teddy Bear Jubilee, held in Kansas City in July, was an overwhelming success. The show boasted 262 conventioneers, which was a huge increase in convention attendance, and the collectors’ enthusiasm led to a record-setting auction to benefit Good Bears of the World. According to Teddy Bear and Friends Associate Publisher Joan Bohnert, “Bidding at the auction was exceptionally high spirited, as was the general mood of the show.” The auction raised $28,250, which was double last year’s record of $14,000.

The star of the show was, of course, the GBW ambassador bear Gulliver, who accounted for $6700 of the auction’s take. He was purchased by the Kansas City Toy and Miniature Museum, after a bidding battle between the museum and a representative from Steiff. Gallivant, a teddy bear designed by Karen Shirey, will be the next GBW ambassador, and will travel for two to three years before ascending the auction block.

The Jubilee show theme of “Teddy Bears Past, Present and Future” was carried out by table center pieces designed and made by Beth Lewis with assistance from Dave Scarpati, and souvenir bears by Out of the Woods. An extra treat for conventioneers was receiving a souvenir print from the show including Theodore Roosevelt’s portrait. The edition of 300 prints was made by Ken Yenke on an old-fashioned printing press.

Jubilee 2000, scheduled for July 13-15, will have “Teddy’s Mystery Weekend” as its theme. Terri Larsen, Ann Inman Looms, and Martha DeRaimo Burch will conduct workshops. For more information, contact Daniel Epley at Dolls, Bears and Funny Hares, 913/677-2138 or dbfh@sky.net.


The first-ever New Mexico teddy bear show was held last spring in Albuquerque. Bear makers from nine states and collectors from as far away as Alaska and Florida helped make the day a success. In conjunction with the show, Luann Bowen of Austin, Texas, taught a bear-making class.

Enchanted Albearquerque’s sponsor, Sally Rose of Albuquerque, intends to make the show an annual event, and plans are underway for next year’s event.

For information, contact Sally Rose at 505/2938333 or e-mail rrosebears@earthlink.net.


Huis Ten Bosch Teddy Bear Kingdom hosted its second charity auction on June 15, 1999. Thirty-two bears were sold for a total of $32,300, which was donated to UNICEF, the United Nations’ relief fund for children. The auction surpassed all expectations, and all bears either met or exceeded their reserve bids.

Huis Ten Bosch president Yoshikumi Kamichika has demonstrated his commitment to both Teddy Bear Kingdom and the charity auction project. Ten thousand auction catalogs have been printed to date, and a third auction, celebrating Teddy Bear Kingdom’s second anniversary, has been scheduled for October 1999. Mr. Kamichika makes every effort to reach teddy bear collectors in Japan and around the world, as well as bringing new enthusiasts to the hobby daily.

Since Teddy Bear Kingdom’s doors were opened in Nagasaki, Japan, two years ago, 1.8 million visitors have toured this wonderful establishment, which was built in admiration of teddy bears. Teddy Bear Kingdom is one of seven museums in the Huis Ten Bosch island theme park.

Submitted by Linda Mullins

To receive a complimentary catalog for the October auction, send your request and a 9 x 12-inch SASE to Linda Mullins, PO Box 2327, Carlsbad CA 92018 or Huis Ten Bosch Co., Ltd., Artist Teddy Bear Charity Auction, Huis Ten Bosch-cho, Sasebo-city, Nagasaki-prefecture, 859-3292 Japan; fax 81/956-27-0908.


Last spring Coburg, Germany, became the temporary home for 65 Kosovo-Albanian refugees, among them 19 children. The citizens of Coburg responded with overwhelming generosity. Hermann-Spielwaren GmbH of Coburg, hoping to bring a bit of joy to the war-experienced children, presented each with a Hermann bear as a comforter and friend.


Teddy bears take over Berlin, the capital of Germany, on October 31 when TeddyBarlinale is presented at the Exhibition Forum Berlin-Stadtmitte. Approximately 100 international teddy bear artists and retailers are expected to exhibit thousands of modem, antique, and artist bears. A teddy bear hospital and identification-valuation stand will also be included. German artists Christiane Kaufmann has created Little Emi, a saucy special-edition bear limited to 99, for the show.

For information, contact TeddyBarlinale at 49/30 312 5352; fax same.


Steven Van Houten, soft sculpture artist and founder of the Art for Youth charity program, will be hosting the second annual Steven Van Houten Artist Invitational Gallery Show and Sale at the Holiday Inn Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 12-14. Top teddy bear and soft sculpture artists from around the world will be exhibiting their newest creations and competing for the new Art for Youth Designer of the Year Award. An auction of unique bears will be held on Friday, with the show and sale taking place over the weekend.

Kate DeLosso of Collectible Tours is offering a tour package which includes the show, a trip to the Teddy Bear Museum of Naples, and more.

For information on the show, contact Snowflake Concepts at 52 W. Oakland Park Blvd., pmb 191, Wilton Manors FL 33311; 954/565-6953; www.snowflakeconcepts.com. For information on the tour, contact Kate DeLosso at 610/789-6011.


A new teddy bear museum opened in Japan this past summer. Located in the scenic mountain city of Takayama, the museum has an underlying theme of ecology and stresses the relationship between humans and nature. Recycling is a recurring concept, borne out in displays, solar power, use of recycled water, “green” packaging, and more. The building itself is 150 years old and has been rehabilitated for use as the museum. The museum comprises a variety of teddy bear displays, including exhibits devoted to Teddy Roosevelt, antique bears, Smoky Bear, German bears, artist bears, and miniatures.

For information, contact Mr. Sanzo Okada or Ms. Eiko Setoyama, Executive Directors, Hida Takayama, Teddy Bear Eco Village Museum, 3-829-4 Nishinoishiki-cho Takayama, Gifu Japan 506-0031; 81/577-37-2525; fax 81/57737-2528.


The third Upper Austrian Teddy Bear Day will take place October 3 in Linz at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. The show will be attended by artists from seven countries and will include programs for both adults and children.

Artist Elfreide Kern of EMI-Bears created Pepi, the show’s theme bear, in an edition of six. The first bear will be signed by Upper Austrian Governor Dr. Josef Puhringer and sold by auction; proceeds will benefit Hartheim, a house for disabled children.

Other upcoming shows in Austria include the Styria Bear show in Graz on November 14 and the third International Vienna Teddy Bear Show in Vienna on March 5, 2000.

For information, contact Ideenwerkstatt MachT Keg, Gerersdorf 61, A4531 Kematen; tel. 07228/6869; fax 07228/6870; e-mail ideenwerkstatt@magnet.at.


Mark your calendars and set your VCRs-England’s BBC has created a one-hour documentary about teddy bears which will be broadcast on the Discovery Channel December 24 at 8:00 p.m. Among other things, the program includes a visit with collectors Paul and Rosemary Volpp (owners of Happy Anniversary, the first price– record-breaking bear), a gifting by Good Bears of the World, and a portion of Terry and Doris Michaud’s Keystone Traders Ltd. British Teddy Tour.


Teddy bear artist Laura Pedosuk created Baltazar and Hamel the Camel, a one-of-a-kind set, for the Toronto, Ontario, Children’s Aid Foundation’s Collector Bears Calendar and Auction. The event takes place at the annual Teddy Bear Affair Gala Evening on November 6. The Children’s Aid Foundation is a charitable organization that raises funds for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Laura’s piece illustrates the 1999 theme, “Teddy’s Magic Carpet Ride.”

For information, contact Laura Pedosuk, Briar Rose, PO Box 1020, Frankford, ON Canada, KOK 2C0; 613/398-0129; fax 613/398-0823; e-mail briarose@kos.net.


WANTED: A black Steiff teddy bear, made in 1912, with shoebutton eyes, short mohair, and a sealing-wax nose. Only two are believed to exist.

If you sight this bear, contact Atlantique City, the world’s largest art, antiques, and collectibles show, immediately. The fall Megafair on October 16-17 will feature a spectacular Teddy Bear Jamboree, the largest public display of antique teddy bears ever presented. Brimfield Associates, producers of the show, is searching the world for rare bears to include in the special exhibition.

Many notable collectors are leading the teddy bear search, including Dee Hockenberry, who will exhibit prize teddies from her collection at the show; she is searching for the 1912 Steiff teddy mentioned above.

Barbara Lauver, another prominent collector and dealer, is also searching for a Steiff bear. “This bear is so rare that the only example is a mottled photo in the Steiff Museum,” notes Barbara. The bear was among the first produced by Steiff in 190203. These first bears were jointed with string and were labeled Bear 55 PB. Dozens of the 21-1/2-inch bears were shipped to the Steiff show room in New York in early 1903, but the teddies were a flop. Later that year, the bears were shown at the Leipzig Toy Fair, and again no one was interested. “These bears just disappeared, so this would be one of the finds of the century!” says Barbara.

If you have information on either teddy bear, please contact Brimfield Associates at 800/5262724 or write Alyce Benham, Research Director, PO Box 1800, Ocean City NJ 08226. The show is October 16-17 in Atlantic City, NJ. For more information and a free Courtesy Pack, call 800/526-2724 or visit www.atlantiquecity.com.


Appropriately enough, this is a collection of short, humorous pieces about the antiques and collectibles world. Scott Wood is a regular contributor to Teddy Bear and Friends as well as the author of numerous articles and a book about antiques and collectibles. An antiques junky himself, Wood writes with an insider’s sympathy-clearly he has scoured flea markets for that one incalculably valuable treasure and attended his share of auctions.

The book is divided into three sections, Collecting, Dealing, and The Trade; essays include “The Bug,” “Confessions of a Collector,” “How To Dicker,” “The Best Price,” and “The Life Cycle of an Antique.” In “The History of Antiques and Collectibles,” Wood marks noteworthy events such as, “1000 A.D. – The Vikings discover The New World. Although the price is right, they are nagged by doubts about the resale value. They pass.” We learn that Thomas Edison invented the knickknack in 1878, and that the adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” achieved cliche status in 1959. From “Astrology For the Antiques and Collectibles Trade” we receive advice such as, “Stay clear of auctions. You’re on the verge of a bidding binge.” This is not a price guide, and you clearly shouldn’t believe everything you read, but devoted collectors, dealers, and “buffs” will see themselves on every page.

Collecting Dust is also full of comic illustrations by artist Steph Ramsay, who has sold unique painted furniture in New York City galleries and provided illustrations for magazines in the United States and Europe.

The writing is light-hearted and the topic is close to our hearts. Plus, it’s a one-of-a-kind piece (the only humorous book about antiques on the market) and surely the print run is limited in some way… A must-have for all collecting enthusiasts.

Collecting Dust by Scott Wood. (C) 1999. Published by Penny Dog Press, PO Box 1222, Carlisle, PA 17013. Paperback, illustrated, 150 pages. To order, write the publisher or call Whistlestop Bookshop at 717/243-4744. Suggested retail $12.95 (add $2.50 shipping and handling).

Copyright Cowles Enthusiast Media Nov/Dec 1999

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