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Merrythought Cheeky Year Bear 2019

Merrythought Cheeky Year Bear 2019 by Merrythought

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Merrythought Cheeky Year Bear 2019
by Merrythought

IN STOCK!

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

Handcrafted in England using the same traditional skills used to create the bears of days gone by. Presented in a luxurious gift box, Merrythought's 2019 Cheeky year bear is absolutely beautiful. He is lovingly handmade with a hand-stitched nose, winsome smile and endearing eyes. Measuring 10 inches tall, he is five-way jointed and bean-filled for extra softness. He is made from mohair with backing that just barely peeks thru for added depth. He has ultra soft foot pads of cotton velvet and paws of all-wool felt with hand-stitched claws. The iconic Merrythought wishbone and '2019' are neatly embroidered on his left paw and is finished with a prestigious stamp of approval: the famous Merrythought gold-and-black label stitched to the right paw. As the signature of a true Cheeky Bear, he features a jingle bell in each ear. Cheeky Year Bear 2019 T10M19 is an edition by Merrythought limited to only 100 pieces worldwide. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Please remove all accessories, ribbons and labels before giving to a child aged below age 3. Please note, Merrythought 2019 Year Bear 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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Merrythought Cheeky Year Bear 2019
by Merrythought

Size Height : 10 inches
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size : 100
Materials All-Wool Felt
Mohair
Cotton Velvet
Weighted With Beans
Features Acrylic Eyes
Hand-Stitched Nose
Jointing Number of Joints : 5
Sound Bell/Tinkle
Authenticity Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Age Appropriate 3 and up
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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