CHAPTER 2 - THE RESCUE PARTY
Once Upon A Time Bears
come to you
sprinkled with love
Scents of lavender
clean & prettily wrapped with a lavender bag
A Once upon a time bears tag
They were handmade for their previous owner when she was just a little girl at the time by her mother. She cleverly made them from scraps of material she had in work box and material bag and it really was a case of 'MAKE DO AND MEND' !
As there was a shortage of toys and materials in the Second World War handmade toys were very often made for children.
Their body's and limbs have been made in a most unusual way I have to say - they are formed partly by rolling the material up which appears to be either an old sheet or pillow case into a tube like shape then stitching it together with securing stitches instead of stuffing them and you can see this when you look at the top of the Walters little arms.
Walter's body has been partly clothed and dressed in what was one of the children's Old 'Chilprufe' vests this has been stitched in parts on top of his body to form lets say his pants and covering his arms . Sewn on the front of his chest for decoration is the yellow' Chilprufe' brand label which I presume was from the same vest bearing the Utility clothing symbol that was used on clothes during and just after the Second World War period for a time too.
His legs have been covered in old cream coloured knitted material again probably cut from something quite worn out but used to make him some covering on his legs.
Both Walter and Vera have similar made little heads and paws made in beige wool plush material with the inside of their ears lined with tiny pieces of brown velvet material as are their paws too.
Their eyes appear to have been made from small circles of creamy white coloured felt material with tiny brown leather circles stuck on them and their nose and mouth features have been carefully hand stitched too onto them .
Her arms have been made slightly different to Walters perhaps 'Mother' ran out of cotton material said the daughter to me by the time she got to Vera !
However Vera's lower part of her arms are covered in the same way as Walters in the vest material .
I love the way she has little stockings too stitched onto her little dangley legs cut from an old pair of 'Mothers' again !
Vera has a little handmade dress to cover her modesty and as to whether Walter ever had any clothes their previous owner cannot remember but we think he looks super anyway bearing his 'Chilprufe' label on his chest which is a constant reminder of the Second World War to many!
Walter measures 10" in height and Little Vera measures 10 1/2" in height .
Walter and Vera were constant companions to this little girl especially during the War and visited the air raid shelter with her and even travelled away with her when she was evacuated from the city to the countryside.
With this in mind we have had specially printed for Once upon a time bears our own replica evacuee tags and given Vera and Walter their very special and individual Evacuee tags .
As Hull was the Second most bombed area outside of London their evacuee tags are stamped with Hull Corporation and their individual school numbers too on one side and on the other side you can fill in the details of the name and address and date of birth of the bear if you should care to do so.
Walter and Vera look so much nicer in the fur so to speak and sadly my photographs do not really do them justice into the way they have been cleverly made and constructed.
Little Vera and Walter are looking for a loving home as their owner has no one to pass them down to sadly so we hope to find them both a very Special loving home where they will always stay together too !
REF B1051 £110 (THE PAIR) Plus P&P SORRY WE HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
WE LOVE A HAPPY ENDING!
" MY GORGEOUS BEAR IS HERE SAFE & SOUND & WHAT A BEAUTIFUL HUG SHE GAVE ME, I LOVE HER !! YOUR BEARS ARE ALWAYS SO BEAUTIFULLY TURNED OUT , PLEASE STOP TEMPTING ME THOUGH !!"
MRS E (FEB 2017)
" MY TWO BEARS HAVE JUST ARRIVED & THEY ARE GORGEOUS ! YOU REALLY DO HAVE THE BEST BEARS EVER !! YOU ARE BEARIFIC !! "
MRS S (FEB 2017)
" THANKYOU FOR YOUR KIND HELP WITH GETTING MY BEARS ,YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS SECOND TO NONE , I CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH & WILL RECOMMEND YOU TO ALL MY BEAR LOVING FRIENDS"
MRS G (MAY 2017)