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Antique book- Three bears By Richard André 1888 McLoughlin Bros. . . . Interesting side note . . . 2 of the illustrations in this book show a toy bear or "teddy bear" . . . bringing up the possibility that the "teddy bear" or toy bear as we know it today might have existed before 1903.

Made in 1904-1905, it also was fitted with a special button in its ear. Known as the elephant button for the elephant symbol on it. Bears with this feature are extremely desirable, & the button adds to the value of this model. Fewer than 50 of these bears exist in collections today. ~When available at auction, they sell from $10,000 to more than $30,000.

from Bloomsbury Publishing

A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting