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Christmas Cheeky 2018

Christmas Cheeky 2018 by Merrythought

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Christmas Cheeky 2018
by Merrythought

IN STOCK!

Signed by Sarah Holmes! Sarah is the Managing Director of Merrythought and the great-granddaughter of Merrythought's founder, Gordon Holmes.

The distinctive Cheeky Bear is a flagship Merrythought character, well-loved and collected across the globe.

Merrythought's annual 2018 Christmas Cheeky Teddy Bear is the perfect touch of whimsy for your Holiday spirit! He is uniquely dressed in a gorgeous bespoke wool sweater that features the famous Merrythought wishbone, interspersed with snowflakes. His stylish sky blue and white knit sweater works beautifully with his champagne colored mohair and cream velvet paws. Based on the original 1950s design, Christmas Cheeky measures a wonderful 10 inches and five-way jointed. A tactile, bean-filled tummy makes this Teddy a great hug and the perfect weight. Christmas Bear features a cheerful hand-stitched smile and nose with the most friendly, endearing eyes. He features hand-stitched claws and beautiful embroidery on his paw of Merrythought's iconic wishbone logo and snowflakes. The addition of '2018' embroidered on his paw makes this adorable Teddy bear the perfect memento of 2018, for children or adults alike. Of course, like all Merrythought bears, he is finished with a prestigious stamp of approval: the famous Merrythought gold-and-black label stitched to the right paw - a reminder that he is made in England. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Please remove ribbon and labels before giving to a child aged below age 3. Production limited to the year 2018.

Please Note: Christmas Bear 2018, also seen in photo, is sold separately.

A 'Cheeky' Little Bear
The Cheeky Bears first appeared in a 1955 book and were called New Teddy T. They were described as a completely new range of bears with amber eyes, growls and very softly stuffed. There's a story (which may be fictitious) that Cheeky's name came about as a result of a member of England's Royal Family picking him up at a trade show in 1956 and -- having studied him closely -- pronouncing him 'a cheeky little bear.' This story has been repeated many times, with the Royals in question, sometimes named as the late queen mother or even the present queen. Members of the Royal Family did visit the Merrythought stand at the British Industries Fair in the late 1950s, so it may be true!

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Christmas Cheeky 2018
by Merrythought

Size Height : 10 inches
Edition Limited Edition
Production Year : 2018
Materials Mohair
Cotton Velvet
Weighted With Beans
Features Hand-Stitched Nose
Jointing Number of Joints : 5
Sound Bell/Tinkle
Authenticity Signed Edition
Age Appropriate Collectible, Not Intended For Children
Country of Origin England

A History Of Fine, Handmade Teddy Bears In England Since Before 1930

Merrythought“Merrythought has been hand-making the quintessential English teddy bear in the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, Shropshire, since 1930 and is now the last remaining British teddy bear manufacturer. The company is a fourth generation family business founded by Mr W.G Holmes in 1930 as a diversification from his mohair mill in Yorkshire. Over the years a huge range of teddy bears, soft toys, dolls, push-along toys, rocking horses and other animals have been created in the famous factory.”

- from the Merrythought website

Why The Merrythought Emblem Is A Wishbone

Merrythought wishboneThe origin of the name Merrythought derives from an archaic name for a wishbone, a symbol of 'good luck'.
The wishbone has been the company's emblem since 1930.

Merrythought wishbone

The World-Famous Merrythought Footlabel

Merrythought bears can be easily identified by the distinctive label on their footpad - traditionally on the right foot although some earlier bears may vary.

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