Cut and Shut Bear
This is the worst example I have ever seen of a fully restored Vintage Bear being sold on the open market. It was obviously done by a well meaning Teddy Bear hospital. It is actually made up of two bears. the head and body and from one bear and the legs are from completely different bear. It was being offered by an Antiques Centre at a modest price but to an untrained eye this vintage bear would have given a very poor return on investment. The corduroy pads on a 1930s bear were a bit of giveaway of the unsympathetic restoration, and at first sight balding patches on the torso were at odds with the full fur legs. The colour match was not quite close enough to hide the fact that the legs were from a different bear altogether.
Lizzie is the Chief Bear Collector for Blakesley Bears and writes an occasional blog about Collecting Bears, building , caring for and maintaining Collections and some of the issues affecting Bear collectors generally.