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Posted 3 years ago

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aboutintime
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My bear is 22" tall. he is made from red,white and blue mohair. light bulb eyes with on and off switch in ear, straw stuffed... the only thing i could find is the
Columbia Company made these? nothing on the internet about these bears.. only in books

any information would be appreciated
thank you

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Your bear is wonderful ! Columbia Teddy Bear Company, The 1917 bear was named the Patriotic Bear, made during World War I, was red, white, and blue and had electric light bulbs for eyes.
    Thanks for sharing your precious bear !!
  2. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    http://www.theteddybearmuseum.com/history.htm
  3. aboutintime aboutintime, 3 years ago
    Thank you, how come i can't find much information about the company when they were in business?
  4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    here is one that just sold
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-AMERICAN-NATIONAL-PATRIOTIC-ELECTRIC-EYES-BEAR-/150755157282?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item2319b52522
  5. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    I believe it was called Columbia Doll and Toy Co . in Business for only a few years 1917-to about 1922 .
  6. aboutintime aboutintime, 3 years ago
    That is the one i just bought, i re-stuffed the legs added a leather collar and put batteries in.......
  7. aboutintime aboutintime, 3 years ago
    Thank you for all of your help.
  8. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Your welcome hope that helped I find your bear quite wonderful and he deserves his place in history as he was first bear to represent the colors of the Flag :-)
    I think Columbia re opened under just Colunbia Toys later on . Here is a link to maybe some history
    http://www.kchistory.org/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=all&CISOBOX1=Columbia+Toy+Company
  9. aboutintime aboutintime, 3 years ago
    thank you..
  10. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    I think that the bear like yours that sold went to low . I would value it much higher
    than that :-)
  11. aboutintime aboutintime, 3 years ago
    yeah, i know the value and i couldn't believe it went for so low... if people knew it only required batteries it would have went for a lot of $$$$$$
  12. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Glad you got a great bargin and you fixed him so nice ! He's a keeper I think he slipped through and was missed or something but he is special and has $$$$$ attached to him :-) Just love getting to see him .
  13. stefdesign stefdesign, 3 years ago
    One thing that's really awesome about your bear, is the blue hasn't faded so much as the one on eBay. He is adorable, so glad Manikin was able to give you so much help. What a treasure! I wish I could see him in real life! He should be on display!
  14. aboutintime aboutintime, 3 years ago
    He really is a great bear stefdesign, i plan on placing him in my glass cabinet with the rest of my treasures... i am so lucky i found him!!!!

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