Hey there teddy lovers!! It's been a while since I've been over to this board so thought I'd drop in and show you a cool little teddy bear I found at a local antique mall.
This tiny little guy caught my attention immediately. He is interesting in that he has metal innards. His exterior is synthetic plush. Strange I thought, ...as he looked so much like an old Schuco bear but had never seen a mini Schuco teddy covered in plush material.
Apparently this is a teddy made using the Schuco patent from back around the 70's/80's. A friend of mine helped me find out some information on this little guy. Here is the information research pulled up.....
Made by Dunbee-Combex-Marx, better known as Louis Marx & Company from before they made too many business acquisitions and changes of owner and finally went bust in 1980. The production lines from Schuco and existing stock was sold to them in 1976 after Anker of Munich couldn't make a go of it but crucially they didn't get the name which was sold to another German company who still use it to produce very good quality die cast toy cars. This would mean that they would have access to existing metal bodies and the presses to make more but as they were from the cheaper end of the toy market they would not have used mohair to finish them and they would need to make something quickly to cover their rapidly failing cash flow.
Anyone else have one of these?? If the research is correct, this is one of the last mini teddy bear's ever made using the Schuco patent usning the inner metal workings.