In 1903, 3,000 teddy bears were sent by ship from Germany to America only for them to disappear. Some claim the bears were the first ever made and would now be the most valuable in the world. So what happened to them?
In the Steiff museum, in the German town of Giengin, the mystery of the missing bears is explained to the visiting children with a tale that they were lost at sea.
The idea of shipwrecked teddy bears captures the imagination, but is it true? Find out here
I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to my teddy bears. I brought each and every one with me in boxes when we moved from UK to Cyprus.
My oldest bear is one made by Merrythought (a 1960’s “Cheeky” beary) and stands about 27 inches high. I got him off my parents as a Christmas present when I was about 9yrs old. He growled and had bells in his ears. Sadly, he no longer growls but the bells are still there…