Sunday, May 16, 2010

Antique Teddy Bear Twins

The Teddy Bear Twins are a couple of (originally) matching 
16 inch British bears circa 1916-18. 
They belonged to twin brothers 
who moved to the United States in the 1920s.  
The bears were constant companions as the boys grew up.

The bear on the left has his original dark paw pads, while his
sibling on the right has felt replacements.

The bears have unusually long bodies, with very exaggerated humps, 
which can be seen in profile:

It's interesting to see how differently the matched pair of bears have evolved, due to the different use they withstood from their owners. Although both were clearly well-loved, one has definitely fared better, while his brother, in addition to losing his pads, has been squashed flat (probably from being slept on for years and years) and appears to have had a nose job.

I found these bears several years ago, and, I'm ashamed to say,
 haven't come up with names for them yet.
Suggestions welcome!


  1. I can't beleive nobody has commented on these wonderful bears of yours!!!
    These are lovely bears and you're a very lucky bear "mum"!!!
    Name suggestions? How about "Chester" and "Lester"?

  2. Those are great names, thanks! :0)