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Enter the "Alfonzo" Antique Teddy Bear Awards

The "Alfonzo" Antique Teddy Bear Awards 2017. The "Alfonzo" Antique Teddy Bear Awards are a celebration of Teddy Bears and soft animals from all over the world from 1902 to the 1960s. These celebratory awards are to recognise, honour and celebrate antique and vintage teddy bears and friends.

Named after and in honour of one of the most famous and romantic teddy bears in the world, Alfonzo a truly unique red Steiff teddy bear, circa 1908, formerly the childhood toy of Russian Princess Xenia. 

  We are delighted to announce that the original Alfonzo himself will be on show in our special exhibition in our Woburn Teddy Bear Festival, courtesy of Gunhild Kirk Johansen of the new Teddy Bear Art Museum in Billund, Denmark.

 There are 3 sections: 1) British, 2) French, German and American and 3) Steiff.  Each one has 4 categories. All pre 1969 teddy bears are eligible for our celebration. Let's celebrate the finest of these old men and women in proper fashion.

British Teddy Bear Category1 Pre 1940. 2 Post 1940 (pre 1969). 3 An Animal. 4 A Dressed bear or Bears (a pair permitted)

French, German and American Teddy Bear Category. (Pre 1969) 1 French Bear. 2 German Bear (not Steiff). 3 American Bear. 4. Any Country-Dressed bear or animal (a pair permitted).

German Steiff Teddy Bear category 1. Pre 1940. 2. Post 1940 (pre 1969). 3 An Animal. 4 A Dressed Bear (a pair permitted). 

The price is 3 entries in for £15

Please submit your photographs by email together with your 50 word description to hap@mkps.co.uk  Deadline for submission of entries and photographs April 11th 2017 

Special Section. Lifetime Achievement awards. This section is to honour those experts/authors/dealers/collectors who have the admiration and respect of other colleagues. Please nominate up to 3 people who have dedicated their lives to their profession, and enter up to three names by email to hap@mkps.co.uk

Note. All Antique Teddy Bear entries must be owned by you and pre 1969. They must be true to the Category/Section description. We do not accept entries other than by photograph by email. Each entry must have up to 4 photos from different angles including the back and a close up of the face. A description of up to 50 words must be included. Judges for each category will have input into the criteria for making judgements on each Antique Teddy Bear section.

Judges. We are delighted to announce the judges for the "Alfonzo" Antique Teddy Bear Awards 2017Daniel Agnew, Catherine Howell (V & A Museum), Sue Pearson, Eric Petit, Dot Bird, Hilary Pauley and Thomas Plant from Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt