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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