Ambrosia's Vintage and Antique Teddy Hospital

There are any number of vintage (dating from the 1950s for teddies) and antique (dating from the 1930s) teddies out there! Many are found in lofts, others have had amazing adventures, and others are being passed down the generations. Due to their age, many bears need to be repaired or restored, and Ambrosia particularly loves this sort of work! She can fix old joints, add growlers amd squeakers, add new pads and eyes, and will always do her very best to maintain the original character of the teddy. 

Please have a look at the wonderful vintage and antique bears which have already been treated by Ambrosia and her friends at the hospital. Ambrosia has had friends come to her from all over the world: Canada, France, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, America, Malta and New Zealand!

If you are thinking of sending a beloved teddy or animal to Ambrosia's hospital, please take a look at all of the creatures she and her helpers have managed to make feel an awful lot better! Ambrosia is willing to try to mend ANY well-loved teddy or toy, because there is always something that can be done. Should you want to help a toy you love, please bear these things in mind before you contact Ambrosia:

* the teddy or animal will probably need to stay with Ambrosia at the hospital for anything from a few days to a week or so. Consequently, if a child is unable to sleep without their toy for a night or so, Ambrosia will not be able to help. 

* Ambrosia is not a mechanic, so please be aware that she is unable to fit complicated mechanisms that may work eyes etc! She can fit new growlers in to teddies, however. Also, Ambrosia can only work with toys that have a material structure; anything with a solid shell is beyond her healing skills!

* the medicines that Ambrosia uses are very expensive, and the time it takes to make them work can take many hours. The minimum time taken will be two hours just to fix paws; larger injuries can take several hours and even days. Hence, Ambrosia starts her medicine prices at £25, and, when you post your teddy, you will be responsible for the cost of the travel here and then back to you again. 

* please note that Ambrosia is unable under any circumstances, due to ethical reasons, to work with real fur, leather, sheepskin, bone or any other slaughter by-products. If bears or toys requiring medical attention are wearing any such products, please ensure they are removed before sending them to Ambrosia; it makes her extremely upset if she is confronted by such things.

* if, for whatever reason, you decide that you do not want your bear or toy back following a repair, or the cost of the medicine is not forthcoming, Ambrosia will wait one month and then either put the bear or toy up for adoption on ebay, or take him or her to a charity shop so that they can stand a chance of finding a forever home.

Please be aware of these conditions before making contact or sending your friend to Ambrosia.

Treatments Available

When vintage and antique bears come to Ambrosia Place, there are usually certain requests that repeatedly crop up! Teddies frequently need new pads, or have lost their limbs; other need complete restorations.  New pads come in a variety of colours and materials, and Ambrosia will always do her best to match both where possible.

New Pads

This gorgeous teddy had been loved so much that his hands and feet had worn away from being stroked. Ambrosia gave him some new ones and added a few stitches to his nose as that had been kissed away, too!

Lost Limb and Eyes

Poor teddy had managed to lose a leg as well as an eye! Ambrosia put him back together and gacve him a lovely wash. Doesn't he look handsome?

New Pads

This gorgeous Chiltern also needed some new pads. He'd also lost his voice and was given an external clean. When new pads are added, Ambrosia ensures that the original claw patterns are correctly re-embroidered. Here, the typical Chiltern claws were re-done!

Full Restoration

This poor teddy was literally falling to pieces. He was full of holes and some of his material was completely gone so tyhat his inner stuffing was showing! He didn't feel very well in the slightest. Ambrosia and her friends worked and worked until teddy was all in one piece again!

Pads and Face

Poor teddy couldn't see or smell; he'd also been cuddled so much that his hand and foot pads had practically worn away. A stint at Ambrosia Place soon made him feel lovely again!

Wash and Restuff

Vintage Wendy Boston bears are frequently full of degraded foam which feels like sand, and is actually toxic! Ambrosia removes this, gives teddy a bubble bath and then fills them with fresh clouds!

Pads and Clean

Yet another bear had been loved so much that he'd lost his voice and pads. Ambrosia worked her magic!

Restoration

It must feel quite uncomfortable if your eyes are falling out! This lovely Chiltern teddy was treated to a full restoration and felt fabulous afterwards.

Wash and Restuff

And another Wendy Boston teddy decides to have the wash and cloud-fill! The foam stuffing always makes them feel very uncomfortable as it starts to degrade and feels like sand. Ambrosia managed to remove all of it and teddy's new filling was as soft as anything!

Head and Pads

Poor teddy had quite literally lost his head! He was really large and was having trouble carrying his head around as it was so heavy. Ambrosia re-jointed it  and he heaved a huge sigh of relief. Then she gave him lovely new pads; the external clean and brush made everything feel perfect, and teddy went back home feeling incrtedibly happy.

Dog Attack

Teddy was actually going to be a guest at a wedding, but there was no way he could go after he was savaged by an enthusiastic dog. Ambrosia rushed to his aid!

Restoration

Ambrosia loves it when her famous  friends come for a spell. After a really thorough bubble-bath (Paddington insisted on going through several times!) and a brush, his coat came up just like new. His lost eye was replaced, and he was given some beautiful new clothes. Paddington certainly looked fabulous after his stay at Ambrosia Place!

Full Re-covering

Willie the poodle was also expected at a wedding. He was falling to pieces and it was decided that he needed to be stuffed and covered completely in lovely soft cuddle fleece!

Clean and Hooves

It's not just bears that come to stay! This lovely donkey felt really grubby and his poor hooves were sore. Ambrosia gace him a lovely wsh and made his feet feel all sweet once more.

Arms

Bears always seem to be losing their limbs! This bear had managed to lose one arm completely and the other had fallen off. His owner said he'd been like this for many years. Ambrosia re-jointed the one and made another!

Restoration

Teddy needed to be made completely safe for a little baby; he was also in need of general help.His facial features had been worn away, he was rather grubby and his joiunts were all crooked. Ambrosia completely rejointed him and re-embroided his facial features.

Pads and Clean

Teddy was already pretty special when she arrived, but Ambrosia made her feel and look like a little princess with some new pads, a newly embroidered nose and a clean!

Clean

Teddy had been on so many fantastic adventures that he'd become rather dirty. And we all know that everyone feels so much better after a bubble bath! Teddy decided to leave the little gap in his nose as he felt it was part of his special character.

Restoration

Ambrosia rescued Bastion the Chiltern teddy off ebay and completely restored him. All of his nold stuffing was completely removed before he was washed several times. He was filled with sweet clouds and steel shot,was given new pads, and his facial features were re-embroidered. He is available for adoption if you'd like to give him a permanent home!

Restoration

Poor teddy wasn't feeling very sweet at all. Ambrosia soon had him feeling much better. She patched his wounds, gave him a new voice, and treated him to new pads.

Restoration

It's always a deep honour when a true piece of teddy history comes to stay at Ambrosia Place. This wonderful Steiff from the very early 20th century, needed the usual help. He felt ready to face another hundered years!

Dog Attack

And yet another bear friend came to Ambrosia Place having suffered at the paws of a naughty dog. Poor teddy had been so badly savaged, that the left side of his head - including an ear - had completely vanished and he was in a terible state. Ambrosia put him back together, gave him new pads and a new voice, and made him feel handsome again!

Restoration

Poor teddy was so old that he was literally falling to pieces. He was full of holes, he'd lost his voice, his nose had been worn away from being kissed, and his pads had been worn away. Ambrosia did her very best to bring him back to his old handsome self. 

Pads and External Clean

Sometimes just the simplest of spa treatments at Ambrosia Place can make a huge difference to how a teddy bear feels. This gorgeous chap was treated to an external clean and brush, and was then given lovely new pads all round!

External Clean and Limbs

This lovely bear, who was made from artists' silk, had actually managed to lose his legs! Ambrosia fixed them back on and gave him a lovely clean and brush. His coat came up a beautiful gold colour, and he felt on top of the world again!

Restoration

Teddy's owner was almost in despair and thought there was nothing that could be done to save his best friend. Bur Ambrosia believes that there is always something that can be done to help her friends. Teddy was coimpletely restored: he was restuffed, his voice was replaced, and his holes were patched. He felt as if he'd been given a completely new lease of life.

General Repair

Teddy's owner had wrestled with teddy, quite literally, when he was a child, and wanted his friend to last quite a bit longer. Ted had already gone extensive restoration many years ago, but was in need of further assistance. Ambrosia and her friends patched over weak areas, and covered the many holes. Teddy was also treated to lovely new pads all round! 

General Repair

This rather lovely Pedigree bear needed a bit of general work to make him feel special once again. Ambrosia mended his poorly nose, gave him a new voice, and treated him to brnad new pads all round. Most teddies can alter quite significantly as the resutl of an external clean and thorough brushing; teddy was no exception and felt great after his treatment!

Full Re-covering

Teddy had been loved so much that, like many others, he was simply falling apart. It was decided that the best thing would be to gve teddy a completely new oputer covering; the original teddy, apart from the eyes, remained safely underneath! He felt fantastic when he saw himself in the mirror and was ready to face many more years with his best friend.

General Repair

This teddy, a Pedigree, had the largest ears the bears had ever seen! They were wonderful! Teddy had managed to lose an eye during the years, along with his voice. His pads had also worn away and he was worried that his stuffing would start to escape. Ambrosia and her friends did their very best to make him feel better again.

Lost Head and Limbs

This teddy was pretty large, and, during his adventures, had managed to let his head fall off as well as a couple of limbs! Ambrosia helped him put hiimself back together, and also gave him a new voice. To finish off his stay at Ambrosia Place, he had an external clean and brush.

General Restoration

Ambrosia is reluctant to admit it, but she has a particularly soft spot for Chiltern teddies; she just can't resist their sweet faces! This little chap, like many others, needed new pads and a new voice to bring him back to life again. Chiltern claws are also embroiderd in a characteristic pattern, and Ambrosia was careful to follow the original holes.

Lost Limbs

This teddy had been loved and cuddled so much over the years that he'd lost almost everything, including his original facial features. However, his owners had given him others over the years. Teddy had still ended up losing both of his legs; he also needed some sweet new paw and foot pads. He felt so much better after his stay at Ambrosia Place.

Pads and External Clean

Sometimes really large teddy bears come for a spell. This one didn't need much help to return to his originaly handsome state! A lovely clean and brush, and some new pads for his hands and feet, and he felt wonderful again!

Restoration

Teddy was so sad that he hung his head and cried when he came to stay with Ambrosia and her friends. They all rushed to cuddle him and then began to work their magic. Teddy's bad leg and hand were made all better; he was given lovely new pads, and he could see again! Then there was his voice to put back. He couldn't believe how he looked afterewards.

Restoration

And another poor bear friend came with a hanging head and wet eyes. He was in desperate need of lots of help. Ambrosia and her friends filled him with more clouds, mended his ravaged arm, and gave him new pads. His nose was re-embroidered and he was given a huge cuddle.

Lost Limb and External Clean

This big bear was absolutely stunning. His owner had rescued him from a charity shop where he had been for many months, and decided that a stay at Ambrosia Place would work wonders! Teddy's arm was secured, and he was given a lovely, external clean and thorough brushing. He felt extremely handsome when he saw himself in the mirror afterwards. Ambrosia and her friends held a huge party to celebrate teddy's renewed handsomeness and his new home!

Eyes and External Clean

Just sometimes, repairs are nice and simple. Teddy poped along to Ambrosia Place for a lovely external clean and brush; this made his fur all soft and fluffy once more. But the worst thing was that he hadn't been able tosee for many years. Ambrosia found a beautiful pair of glass eyes, and soon teddy had his sight back!

General Repair

This teddy came along with his panda friend (below). Teddy's left arm was hanging off, and he felt a bit grubby. The bears covered him in bubbles and made him lovely and sparkly again. His arm healed as if by magic!

Restoration

Teddy's panda friend needed quite a lot more work. He'd lost his mouth, his pads were a mess and he was feeling quite dirty. The bears covered him in bubbles, too, and he was soon all nice and clean again. Thye gave him smart, new, red pads (he was especially proud of these as they were so unusual), and re-embroidered his sweet mouth.

Dog Attack

Poor teddy's owner was absolutely desperate and thought that the dog attack was the end of his teddy friend. Ambrosia, however, never gives up. The bears gave the destroyed bear a cuddle and then set to work. The re-built his head, and made him some sweet new ears. New eyes were the final bit of magic and teddy was able to go back to his happy owner!

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Pads and General Repairs

This fantastic bear was rather large and had an equally large personality! He needed his ear stitched back on (there were several tales as to how he'd lost it), and some new pads. He'd obviously been loved considerably as his nose had been kissed off, so, along with the other work that needed doing, Ambrosia re-embroidered that, too!

Restoration

Poor teddy arrived at Ambrosia Place is rather a sad state. His eyes were falling out, he was very floppy, he'd lost huis voice and his pads were all sore. The bears gave him a cuddle and then started to work their magic. Very shortly, teddy was looking as handsome as ever. Everyone had a party on the evening to celebrate teddy's transformation!

Restoration

This remarkable bear came to Ambrosia's hospital for the usual treatments. His pads and claws were very sore, so Ambrosia sorted those out for him. He'd also lost his voice and his mouth had vansihed from being kissed so much by his loving owner. During his adventures, he'd also managed to lose his right ear! Ambrosia made him a new one. Teddy also decided he'd love an external clean and brush so his fur was all wonderful and soft again. He felt wonderful after his spa treatment.

Restoration

This beautiful bear belonged to a special lady who had died, and her husband decided to have him restored in her memory. There were quite a few bald patches, teddy had lost one arm and the other was coming off, and his facial features were a buit of a mess. His poor feet were also quite painful, so Ambrosia gave him some really soft pads. The bears gave him an extra loving cuddle and then set to work to make him feel all lovely and sweet again.

New Arm and Pads

Everyone at Ambrosia Place remebers Duke! He was the only bear who contacted Ambrosia all by himself! His left arm was in absolute tatters, so everyone decided the best thing was simply to make him a new one. They al thought that, as he was here, he might as well treat himelf to some lovely new pads on his hands and feet. He did feel handsome afterwards!

Pads and External Clean

Paddington, in his various guises, just keeps on turnig up at Ambrosia Place! This one had managed to ruffle and grub up his fur, and his feet were all riped. Ambrosia gace him a wonderful clean all over and then gave him some lovely new, felt foot pads. He felt really lovely afterwards.

Restoration

Poor teddy arrived at Ambrosia Place blind and unable to speak or smell because his facial features had been kissed  The bears soon gave him his sight back, and added a growl, new nose and mouth. His loving owners had tried to mend his paws and feet, but teddy managed to convey that they were making him very uncomfortable. Ambrosia soon had him feeling sweet again!

Restoration

Edgar the camel was an amazing find on ebay. Ambrosia rescued him and then treated him to the full works as he was so lovely. A clean, new eyes, and some lovely decorations brought out Edgar's hidden charm. He remains a firm favourite amongst the residents of Ambrosia Place.

Restoration

This gorgeous little bear from Dorchester stole everyone's hearts because he was so loving, even though he couldn't see, had  ahole in his chest and his feet were coming apart. The bears gave him a gentle cuddle and then set about making him feel all comfortable again. His little eyes sparkled like the bears had never seen before. 

Restoration

This gorgeous Wendy Boston was suffering, as always, with degraded foam that was more like cement than anything else! Poor ted just didn't know what to do with himself, espeically as, on top of everything, his muzzle was full of holes and his nbose was woen away from too many kisses. Ambrosia ejected all of the nasty foam, gave teddy a massive bubble bath, filled him with fresh clouds, gave him a new muzzle and embroidered his nose and mouth again! He felt wonderful afterwards!

Lost Limbs and External Clean

Alfie's new owner rescued him from a charity shop; she told Ambrosia that Alfie deserved another chance and asked her if the lovely teddy could put Alfie's legs and head back on, and make him feel sweet again. Ambrosia never refuses aid to a fellow bear, and soon Alfie was looking as han some as ever. Everyone held a huge party to celebrate Alfie's new lease of life and the kindness of his new owner.

Restoration

And another Wendy Boston came for a spell. This teddy, however, had been very lucky, and his foam was still foam and not sand! Ambrosia gave him a bubble bath, added a few clouds, then gave him a new muzzle and re-embroidered his nose and mouth. Teddy felt better than he had in years!

Facial Repair

Poor teddy's face was in absoluyte tatters when he arrived at Ambrosia Place. He couldn't see or smell, and his muzzle was very uncomfortable. The bears set to work and, with a bit of magic, his muzzle was made all better. Ambrosia found some beautiful, orange, glass eyes in the flowery garden and re-embroidered his nose and mouth. Doesn't he look handsome?

General Repair

Teddy had been cuddled so much and his squeak pressed so often, that he had a hole in his tummy. He was also without much of a nose, and his pads were very sore. Ambrosia put in a new squeaker, covered his tummy hole, re-embroidered his sweet nose, and gave him wonderful, new, chocolate pads all round. He felt so much better afterwards!

Restoration

The bears were absolutely delighted when a beautifl Farnell teddy came for a luxury spa treatment. He was a shadow of his former self and needed quite a lot of help. He was given some more stuffing and his voice was replaced; Ambrosia found some lovely glass eyes for him, and then set about giving him some lovely new pads - she made sure to stitch his original foot label back on the outside! Then some new claws finished off teddy's transformation!

General Repair

Most teddies and toys always look a million times better once they've had a bubble bath in the huge tub at Ambrosia Place; this bear was no exception! Ambrosia then made sure he returned to his handosme self by re-stitching his mouth, and sewing his poor leg back on.

Wash, Restuff and General Repair

Panda had heard all about the bubble bath experience and came to try it out! He was also filled with fresh clouds, given a brush, and a new eye. He couldn't believe how handsome he looked when he saw himself in the mirror!

Restoration

Teddy was desperate to surprise his owner for her 50th birthdfay, and so came along to Ambrosia Place to be made handsome once more. His left hand and arm were all ragged and sore, so Ambrosia made them all better. He was given a lovely clean and brush, his voice was restored, and he treated himself to some gleaming pads. The bow was an extra and he hoped his owener would laugh with joy when she saw it!