Louisville Bear holding tractor.

Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:50 pm

Can anyone help me out with this bear. Need to know if this is original. I believe it is chrome. The chrome bears were given to manager's and vip's.
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Re: Louisville Bear holding tractor.

Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:05 pm

Here's an old post that may help:

by Paul B ยป Thu Oct 19, 2006 1:34 pm

From what I can see in the pictures, both of them appear to be originals, but I would have to see them to be sure. The painted one that you posted the picture of, seems to have one ,and maybe two bidders, that have been known to sell reproductions, so it must be a real one

The chrome one appears to be a real one by looking at the ears and the mark around the neck. That mark is from the way it was hung in the plateing tank I'm told, and all I have ever seen had that mark. All the chrome ones I've ever seen were the same size as known originals, I have never seen a chrome, cast iron, reproduction.

The bear should be 4" tall from the top of the base to the top of his head ( not to the top of his ears. The base should be 2-7/16" from front to back, 2" wide at the front or back, and 2-3/16" wide at the center where the mold line is. There can be some slight differences with these measurements, but if any are 1/8" or more smaller , I would be leary of that bear.

I don't aggressively buy them , but will if I find a good buy, and I am not bidding on either of the two you posted the link to. Yes, you can usually find them in the antique stores and malls here in Louisville, because the Louisville IH Plant is the only place they were made. Supposedly some bears are the first thing cast when the new foundry opened in 1949, The bear is for the Farmall Cub, because it was "a bear for work, but a cub in size"


Re: Louisville Bear holding tractor.

Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:03 pm

From what I can see, I would say the bear is an original one by the mark around his neck. The only way to be sure is to measure it. The measurements in the old post by me that Bob posted, still apply. I still have not seen a chrome reproduction, but have seen highly polished aluminum reproductions. All the repro's are smaller because they were made in a mold made from an original, rather than a mold made from a correct, over size, wooden pattern, like the originals were.

Re: Louisville Bear holding tractor.

Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:16 pm

I think it is also an original. The measurements are the same as an original. I wonder what it would be worth. Thanks for giving me info on this.

Re: Louisville Bear holding tractor.

Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:25 pm

I haven't kept up with the prices of them the last couple of years, and you don't see them in the antique shops like you use to, but try searching for them on eBay to see what prices they have sold for. Probably more of them sold there than any place else.