Apair of Steiff teddy bears which had to be X-rayed by a vet to check their rarity have been sold for £10,400. The rod-jointed toys named the Roosevelt Bears had been owned by one family since 1904, but “not played with much”. Auctioneers in Gloucestershire had to X-ray them to check their rare joints. The bears were sold with an original copy of Seymour Eaton’s storybook, the Roosevelt Bears, from where they got their names. Auctioneers Dominic Winter said rod bears were rare and having a well-preserved pair at auction was “an exceptional occurrence”.
We have mentioned many different teddy bears here on Jammy Toast. Of course, Jammy Toast was originally setup to save and protect Renault Bears but we have also mentioned others. Steiff, because of our friend Monaco, but there are many, many more which have so far failed to get a mention. Starting from today, time and space allowing, I aim to put that right by starting a voyage of discovery through all the different types of teddy bears. I thought I would start the voyage by looking at me. I was made by a company called Chiltern (originally HG Stone & Company) and I am a Hugmee Bear.
It is a little known fact that Renault Bears have been held back through-out history because of omphaloskepsis. They could have been rulers of our planet if it were not for this one little thing. Many people consider that we are the ruling species on this planet because we have thumbs but there is something much more important to consider and that is omphaloskepsis. Some people have been known to practice omphaloskepsis for up to three hours a day. So just what is this mystery element? Omphaloskepsis or navel-gazing is contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to meditation.
Today we would like to welcome our new friend George to Jammy Toast. This is probably going to be a very short post because George has no idea where he came from and can’t remember anything before he was rescued from a Car Boot Sale by MJC Collectables in Rushden, Northamptonshire. This is quite often the case with Renault Bears, they have an inbuilt defence whereby they forget anything which upsets them or could cause them harm. This probably means George was loved by a child somewhere who then outgrew him and gave him away to the Car Boot Sale like last week’s rubbish.
As we all know, here at Jammy Toast, teddy bears can be quite adventurous and have even been known to wander off from time to time. Unfortunately, this has proven catastrophic for one teddy bear who has gone off on his own for a walk and got lost. Although he may not have travelled as far as Paddington did from Peru, he has still ended up a long way from home. The teddy bear was in hospital with his owner when he decided to do a little investigating and unfortunately ended up at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board’s laundry department in Llansamlet, Swansea.
Here at Jammy Toast we are never surprised by anything to do with bears. They are one of the most recognisable and iconic families of animals. The eight living species include the Spectacled Bear, Sun Bear and Sloth Bears alongside the more familiar Polar Bear and Giant Panda. Young bears are born in protective dens as they are very small, blind and deaf. But they are not helpless for long, developing and gaining weight rapidly. And therein lies their secret. Their ability to put on weight so rapidly.
Paddington Bear got in touch with us this morning to reveal to us how his wild friends are doing back in darkest Peru. The bear immortalised by Michael Bond in the much-loved Paddington Bear books is happily living in London these days but his wild cousins are under threat of extinction, campaigners have warned. An animal charity is calling for a clampdown on killers of the endangered Spectacled or Andean bear, after wildlife officials found a severed claw at a Colombian National Park headquarters. It was left next to an anonymous note threatening further bear killings.