Some are easy - they have a label, then it is just tying the label up with a date. Makers used various labels in different eras.
It is so satisfying after looking for what seems an age for the roots of a bear, dog or other animal to find exactly what they are and to be able to give a name to the design.
This is Ferdie Fox
He has glass eyes and nose and is really very cute.
This morning, just by chance I was browsing Etsy when I came upon this. Can you see the resemblance?
This deer is made by Ara Jeterzian. He made about 200 of these little collectable animals in the 1970's to 1980's. My research shows that he came from Austria. (at least my Hermann idea was the right sort of area in the World!). I have found quite a lot of deer, they seem to have been very popular.
Here are a few more that I have found on the net
They came in little clear sided boxes, some are still available boxed. I think they are really cute and can imagine myself collecting them when I was a youngster. Sadly, they were not available in my local Wooloworths store where I went to spend my pocket money.
The little Fox is available on my website www.pollysvintagebears.weebly.com or in my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/PollyKay11
The others are from various websites on the Internet.