John Kirby Farnell was a London firm which produced the first UK teddy bear in 1906 and rapidly became one of the leading toy teddy bear manufacturers, registering the Alpha TM in 1925.
The bears were very expensive because Farnell used high quality materials only to make their "Alpha Bears", which they made to the 1930s.
At first, teddy bears made by Farnell were unmarked. From 1925 the company used a round card disc -attached to the chest of the bear- with a metal rim marked "Alpha Made" to identify them.
What's your 'Alpha Farnell' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):
|Prewar White Farnell Bear 63 Cm High||06/2019||$394.16|
|Immaculate Old Farnell Bear Label And||05/2019||$494.26|
|Farnell Teddy Bear Toffee Circa 1953||05/2019||$325.00|
|Immaculate Old Farnell Bear Label And||05/2019||$374.14|
|Very Old Farnell Bear Looking For Loving||05/2019||$344.11|
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