Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I have to share some more teddy bears from the Chelsea Teddy Bear Museum. Ken Yenke, museum curator, is a big fan of Bing bears and toys, so many are featured in the museum. I too have a special fondness for Bing bears. The first one here is an early bell toy featuring a bear pulling the wheeled bells. This early Bing toy is from
. Also in this picture is the Roosevelt Stock Farm, a wood barn with great lithographs. The second one is hard to tell the size, but it's the largest bear that Bing ever made, at a whopping ". This one dates to . Also pictured is an German bear and baby. The third picture is Bing's windup jalopy bear from . I just love these little guys. Also pictured is Schuco's Trippel Trappel dog, circa . Bing also made one of these Trippel Trappel dogs which rolls along on little wheels on its feet.
I finally visited the Chelsea Teddy Bear & Toy Museum in Chelsea, Michigan. The museum curator, Ken Yenke, is a noted antique teddy bear authority, and shares his wonderful antique teddy bear collection in this excellent museum. I can't even pick my favorites, but I have to share a few here. I have a special love for the circus, and clown bears, so this first one just cracked me up. This is a Strunz clown bear from . Love his chubby body. Next is a real oldie, German made from , this Mom and baby bear are made of paper mache and worsted wool. Love these 's bears, reminds me of an old German nodder I have with the same worsted wool. In Columbia made their laughing Roosevelt bear. Certainly none other like it, smiling with glass teeth. Cute touch here with a pipe added. Can't wait to visit the museum again. I'm sure they'll have a nice Christmas display soon.