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.