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Traditional Cheeky

Traditional Cheeky by Merrythought

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Traditional Cheeky
by Merrythought

IN STOCK!

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


Based on the original 1950s design, this traditional version is made from velvety golden mohair and features pure wool felt paws with hand-stitched claws. His cheeky look comes together with friendly eyes and a hand-stitched expression. Measuring 10 inches, Traditional Cheeky is five-way jointed and bean-filled for extra softness. He's the perfect hug! As the signature of a true Merrythought Cheeky Bear, he features a jingle bell in each ear! A lovely pastel blue satin ribbon completes his traditional appeal. Suitable for ages 3 and up. As a signature of quality, he is finished with a prestigious stamp of approval: the famous Merrythought gold-and-black label stitched to the right paw. Please remove all accessories and tags before giving to a child under the age of 3.


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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Traditional Cheeky
by Merrythought

Size Height : 10 inches
Edition Open Edition
Materials All-Wool Felt
Mohair
Weighted With Beans
Features Acrylic Eyes
Hand-Stitched Nose
Jointing Number of Joints : 5
Sound Bell/Tinkle
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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