Elizabear Taylor & Richard Bearton in "Cleopawtra"
made by: North American Bear Company
Very Important Bears
designed by:Barbara Isenberg
date: the pair - 1988-92
Richard Bearton - brown stuffed plush
in maroon velvet tunic with black-gold geometric design ribbon trim and leopard skin inset sleeves, gold ribbon tied leather and leopard skin belt, black velvet cloak lined with metallic leopard skin print tied at neck with brass buttons and gold tassels, silver helmet with gold chin strap, brown leatherette sandals tied with gold ribbon
Elizabear Taylor - aqua stuffed plush with black wig
in gold-black satin gown, stiff gold-black collar, gold sandals with black ribbon ties, gold bird headpiece
size: 21" long, each
price: the pair - $200
MINT pair with Near MINT name tags (both have age bumps and a fold)
packing/delivery: $10 flat rate
The North American Bear Company (NABCO) was formed in 1979 out of one monther's frustration in not finding the right toys for her young son. Barbara Isenberg, who is still NABCO's chief designer, teamed up with her brother and a fashion designer friend to make teddy bears different from anything that was currently available. Their goal was to produce teddies with appeal to adults as well as children, offering both unique designs and high quality.
The inital NABCO line was the Very Important Bears (VIB's). Using her English literature background, Barbara developed pun-ny names for these colorful 20" velour bears which were dressed appropriatly. The first VIB, Douglas Bearbanks, was based on the legendary silent film star. He was released in 1980. Scarlett O'Beara, Chef Bearnaise and Amelia Bearheart followed that same year. Each VIB was retired, usually in 3 to 4 years, to make room for new introductions. The line was discontinued after Miss Mlle N Ium in 1999. All the VIB's are popular with collectors. Amelia, in pristine mint condition sold for over $1,500 in 2002.
Most North American Bear Company products appearing in our catalog came to 'Everything Teddy Bears' from collectors sales and estate sales. There are a few which were purchased from store closings. In all cases, we have attempted to research the original costumes and 'go-withs' and note any missing items. Presence and/or condition of the original name/series tag is also noted.