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Cheeky Catherine
by Merrythought


Don't miss out! The last remaining pieces of this beautiful limited edition can only be found at The Toy Shoppe. When she is gone, she is gone!The distinctive Cheeky Bear is a flagship Merrythought character, well-loved and collected across the globe.

Based on the original 1950s design, Cheeky Catherine is handcrafted in England using the same traditional skills used to create the bears of days gone by. She mesures 10 inches, is made from mohair and features ultra soft velvet paws with hand-stitched claws. Her amusing, cheeky look comes together with friendly eyes and a hand-stitched expression. She is five-way jointed and bean-filled for extra softness... a wonderful hug of a bear! Catherine is the picture of royal elegance in her couture navy velvet coat with faux pearl trim and coordinating bow. As the signature of a true Merrythought Cheeky Bear, she features a jingle bell in each ear! A lovely blue velvet bow atop her head completes Catherine's regal appeal. Suitable for ages 14 and up. A Merrythought edition limited to only 100 pieces worldwide.

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!


Only soft toys of the highest quality are allowed to carry the trusted Merrythought label. Merrythought ensures the utmost care and attention to detail goes into everything that they do, right down to the hand-embroidered nose and delightful smile that makes each Teddy bear so unique.

A Merrythought is not just a Teddy bear, but an exquisite piece of British heritage and a loyal companion through life.

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Cheeky Catherine
by Merrythought

Size Height : 10 inches
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size : 100
Materials Mohair
Weighted With Beans
Features Hand-Stitched Nose
Jointing Number of Joints : 5
Sound Bell/Tinkle
Age Appropriate 14 and up
Country of Origin England

A History Of Fine, Handmade Teddy Bears In England Since 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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