However I can give you some starting pointers to get you on the right track.
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So why not pull our collective knowledge together and help each other with teddy bear identification.
There simply isn't anything that can replace research and experience when it comes to teddy bear identification.
So it is important that you read as much as possible about teddy bears and their makers and also handle as many old bears as possible.
The trademark Merrythought is a 17th century word meaning wishbone which is a symbol of good luck. If you are trying to date or identify a bear then this may be helpful. There are a number of different types of labels for you to compare.
We have also identified which bears in the Merrythought section have these labels so that you can look at the characteristics of each bear in each period.
Dean's Rag Book Company was founded in August 1903 by Henry Samuel Dean.
The first rag book was produced in 1902 and was so successful that the Dean’s Ragbook Company was formed on the back of this in 1903.
However although it was registered on August 5th 1903 as a company, Henry Samuel Dean had been using the 2 dogs logo the year previously when this logo had been registered in the USA.
It is said that Dean's were producing unbranded bears as early as 1906 however their first catalogued teddies were 1915.
Unfortunately many antique and old bears have lost their labels and tags and this means that other characteristics have to be observed to try and identify the bear's origins.
Of course it would be impossible to try and list all of the individual maker bears individual characteristics here (See my antique bears pages for individual characteristics).