when buying old or antique bears there is an important question to ask
how are the ears fitted to the head?
alot of "old" bears are sold as english/german
but they are not!
and a good way to tell is by the ears
if they are pushed into holes made in the head then they are almost certainly
american/east europian (polish/eastern block)
they have long barreled bodies aswell (sometimes)
with an inoperative growler rattling around in the tummy
an english / german bear will/should be very well made
with ears stitched either into the side head seams or across the head seams
but always STITCHED!
WE HERE IN ENGLAND make some of the finest bears ever to be marketed
DEANS being our oldest bear company and one of our finest!
germany too are fab
australia make lovely bears aswell
but NOTHING CAN BEAT having a hold & feeling the bears for yourself
getting to know your BEARS is essential if you want to be an avid collector