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Elaine Hirst Antique Bear Collector

Elaine Hirst Antique Bear Collector

Elaine Hirst, edenbears

As a collector, I’ve collected bears since 1976.  My first ever bear purchase being a Gabrielle Paddington. I still have him in pristine condition.  I also still have the two special bears from my childhood.

Since these initial bears I have collected many, many more, some on the secondary market, some new, resulting in around  400+ bears in my hug today.   These include Steiff, Merrythought, Lakeland, Deans, Charlie Bears, Cotswold Bears, Artist Bears, a selection of vintage and orphan bears and some large studio pieces from Steiff, the largest and most impressive being a 9 foot tall mohair giraffe. 







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