CHAPTER 3 - NEW BEGINNINGS !
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
Claude is full of great excitement about his future life here because he has heard so many wonderful stories about England but never been before and he was told on good bear authority that there are far more bear homes to retire to also if he comes to England!
He is a very unusual , rare and rather distinguished looking French bear , with his brown plush lined ears and pads and peachy apricot coloured mohair.
We are currently not quite sure of his French maker he does have a hint of a look of a Pintel bear especially with his type of nose and mouth stitching .However his little red felt tongue is puzzling us as this was a characteristic used by two other French bear companies' Effel ' and 'Jan Jac ' but Claude doesn't really look like either of their bears.
Claude measures approximately 15" in height and dates to C1940/50 we believe but he could even be a little earlier.
His mohair is a pretty shade of a light peachy apricot colour , quite long and wavy too. He has some thinning and bare areas in parts ,this is mainly visible on the back of him , on the back of his legs and on the back of head towards his neck joint.
There is also some loss and thinning around his ankle area the front and on the tip of his feet at the front and on the end of each of his paws near where the claw stitches are.
Claude has some small patches of thinned and barer areas too on his face at the front more visible nearer to his ears on his temples.
However fortunately for us all Claude still retains the majority of his wonderful soft apricot coloured mohair !
His nose is stitched vertically with outer longer stitches at each end curving slightly inwards with a long inverted Y shaped and stitched mouth in double strands.
His paw pads and ear linings have no holes in any of them but have a few tiny bald spots to the pile ,
Claude is stuffed softly to his arms with a kapok type filling , and also to his legs but with perhaps some wood wool in his feet . His body,head and muzzle area are all stuffed completely with wood wool!
Monsieur Claude is a five-way jointed French bear his joints however are stiff with a touch of old bear rheumatics and as he is not getting any younger he doesn't move as well as he did in his younger bear days but this doesn't seem to bother or trouble him really.
He comes dressed in his newly knitted waistcoat with a little letter 'C' pinned to it which was given to him as a farewell present from his bear friends in France.
We do hope that Claude's hopes and beliefs in us for finding him the prefect loving retirement home will not be dashed as we usually do find our old bear friends some very wonderful homes!
REF B1038 SORRY I HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
WE LOVE A HAPPY ENDING!
"I AM SO PLEASED WITH MY BEAR SHE IS STUNNING , SO MUCH LOVELIER IN THE FUR THAN IN HER PHOTOS. I AM TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH HER, SHE MAKES MY HEART MELT EVERY TIME I LOOK AT HER . I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR HER LYNN"
MRS S (MARCH 2017)
" I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR MY FIRST OLD BEAR PURCHASE FROM YOU , & I ABSOLUTELY ADORE MY BEAR & YOUR TASTE IS WONDERFUL!"
MISS U (FEB 2017)
" MY LITTLE BEAR HAS JUST ARRIVED & HE IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED & MORE !! I LOVE HIM!! THE PARCEL WAS A JOY TO OPEN SO BEAUTIFULLY WRAPPED, THANK YOU SO MUCH"
MISS P (FEB 2017)