My lifelong passion for old teddy bears started when I was a small child, which I suppose is hardly surprising as I come from a family of arctophiles.
I have many vivid and cherished memories of when my father’s old teddy bear was given to me although I was only five years old, but much as I adored my cuddly companion, I, in turn, passed him into the care of my son Dan, when he left home to go to University. "Pooh", as this family bear is known, is now back in my care while Dan is enjoying spending time working in Australia.
I have been buying and selling antique teddy bears and interesting, characterful toys and furry friends on and off now for almost twenty years. Initially, and mainly as a hobby, I traded at antique fairs but in 1998 I took over my sister, the author, Kathy Martin's teddy mail order catalogue business and the success of this venture ultimately led to the development of this website
I hope you will enjoy looking into The Teddy Bear Chest - thank you for visiting us. With love to you all from John & Vicky Gwilliam.