Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Miniature Dime Store Teddy Bear

Spotted at a recent toy show in a tray of miscellaneous smalls was this miniature teddy bear, just 3 inches tall. Bears like these were made in Japan from the 1930s-50s, and sold in dime stores and penny candy shops. They're not stuffed in the traditional way. Instead their velveteen fabric is glued over a molded composition or cardboard body. They have tiny glass eyes and bead noses, and often still retain their original ribbons when found.

Gold is the most frequently seen color; this brown one is a rarity. 


  1. Adorable little bears I know they will have a great home with you, Maureen

  2. Adorable! I've never been fortunate enough to see one of these little guys but I'm going to definately keep my eyes open now!