The 'VICTORIA & ALBERT ' Companions Selection
VINTAGE & ANTIQUE
THE 'V & A' RANGE!!
ALL OUR ANIMALS ALWAYS COME CLEAN & GIFT WRAPPED
WITH A BAG OF FRAGRANT FRENCH LAVENDER
TINKS - A LITTLE FARNELL PEKINGESE DOG C1925/30
Lets have a sneaky Peep at our little Peke here , he measures a dinky little 6" in length and just 4 1/2 " to the top of his head.
Farnell made these Peke dogs in more commonly found larger sizes and little Tinks is from their Alpha miniature range of little animals that are a lot less commonly found especially in this tiny size.
Tinks is in beautiful condition with a wonderful coverage all over of long caramel coloured mohair with creamy fawn coloured ears and tail and the typical dark brown coloured mohair and wool muzzle with little red felt tongue peeping from below his original nose and mouth stitching.
Tinks amazingly still has his original green silk ribbon around his neck and his original clear glass eyes too.
He is stuffed firmly with wood wool throughout and his legs and tail have internal wire supports.
Tinks has a non working press squeaker underneath him and sadly no longer squeaks with delight!
Tinks might be small but don't let that fool you ,he can be a little handful at times but as good as gold when he sits obediently like a good little pup, in the palm of your hand waiting for a dog biscuit !
Tinks isn't really a naughty little dog and I hope I am not barking up the wrong tree but all Little Tinks needs really is a bigger dog to take him under his care and to teach him how to be an obedient little pup and then Tinks really will be a little Love !
REF B778 £32 Plus P&P
THUMPER A MERRYTHOUGHT RABBIT C1950
Thumper is a cute and funny old Merrythought rabbit dating to the 1950s and was modelled on Walt Disney's rabbit.
He measures 12" tall and is firmly stuffed so he is able to stand up well and he has a good coverage all over of mohair.
Thumper's arms are jointed and his head and we just love his cheeky expression on his face!
Thumper's cheeky face is also partly velvet material covered and he has large googly carded eyes and a black plastic nose.
His ears are lined inside with velvet material also and he has kept all of his original black claw stitches to his little bunny feet!
This cute little bunny has retained his original Merrythought label which is stitched underneath his left foot.
Thumper would love to find a loving burrow this year and should he do he will even bring along his own carrot for dinner with you!
REF B733 £24 Plus P&P
BUTTONS THE BELL HOP /BOY DUCK C1930 (DEANS RAGBOOK TOYS COMPANY ?)
He dates to C1930 and really is a very fine looking duck in his Bell Hop fashioned form.
As to Buttons maker I am not totally sure but he could possibly of been made by Deans Rag Book toys Company , I have seen another Bell hop duck example produced by this company and although his uniform was in different colours and made in a slightly different material with some mohair used too there were several similarities to our Buttons the Bell Hop duck and his design.
Buttons is made mainly in felt and cloth material and stuffed firmly but softly with a soft material filling perhaps even kapok.
He measures approximately 13" tall and is in pretty nice condition really with just some age stain marking to the white cloth material around his white neck area under his beak and some light general age marking to his material body in parts all commensurate with age & play and nothing detrimental to him really.
His cloth and black felt covered feet have been made to appear as if he is wearing Spats and his bell hop/boy hat is made of stiff felt covered card with a leather type edging on the top and chin strap.
He has his original blue glass eyes and I believe the black felt buttons might be later replacements as he has two leatherette type button on one leg along with felt buttons.
Buttons loved his job as a Bell Hop duck but he's getting on a bit now and he would love to come inside now where its warm now and rest his weary webbed feet and wings perhaps even at yours?
REF B748 SORRY I HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
PIP THE DOG (PIP SQUEAK & WILFRED) FARNELL C1920
The three comical looking characters were created by Bertram Lamb (Uncle Dick) and the series was so very popular the newspaper introduced a 4-page pull-out comic featuring the adventures of Pip the dog, Squeak the penguin, and Wilfred the rabbit.
Pip measures 14" tall when standing upright on his hind legs .
He is stuffed with wood-wool and he is fully-jointed. His arms and legs move well but his neck joint is a little stiff probably due to a touch of canines arthritis!
Pip has his original back-painted glass eyes which show just small traces of paint behind them these days and he has retained also his original black-stitched nose and mouth stitching.
His limbs are all wired, with cute little paws down turned.
This cute Old Pip the dog is in Good condition really considering he is over eighty years old! He has kept pretty much all of his black and white mohair coverage , with some bare patches to the top side of his right leg and the back of his left leg and some thinned areas also on his tail, but in my opinion none of this is serious because he is such a rare old Farnell dog!
REF B564 SORRY I HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
APRICOT - A PEACH COLOURED FARNELL CAT C1930
She is very similar in looks to the Steiff Fluffy cats of the same period.
This gorgeous little fluffy ball of a kitty measures approximately 10" in seated height and her length from her front paw to the tip of her tail is 11".
She has retained her original clear glass eyes which have a faint tint of light green colour to them with round black pupils.
This little sweetheart of a cat has a pretty good coverage all over of light peach/apricot coloured mohair which is lovely and long and fluffy!!
She has a little bit of thinning to the front of her which is more noticeable around her nose area and a little on her tail but nothing too noticeable really or detrimental to her.
Her little ears are of a light cream wool /mohair mix and have some light thinning to the mohair but again nothing to worry over.
Her nose and mouth stitching which are original to her and in perfect condition are stitched in a rust coloured thread and she has also kept her two original rust coloured claw stitches to her front paws.
Her head is jointed at the neck so it turns .
Apricot is a quiet kitty these days as her press side bellows nolonger work but we can forgive her for this because she is just so beautiful.
A lovely rare little Farnell kitty for all Antique cat lovers!
REF B661 SORRY I HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
OLD MR BLUE BUN -CHILTERN RABBIT C1930
This Super old bunny has just a light coverage here and there left of his blue & white coloured mohair which has now faded to a light blue grey colour on his body and on his tummy to an age darkened cream colour with just a little sprinkle left here too.
This cute looking Chiltern bunny is a five-way jointed old bun but due to many years sitting on the damp grass he now suffers with a touch of Old Rabbit Arthritis. Luckily though for Mr Blue Bun he can still turn his head quite well- probably all thanks to wearing his beloved scarf which has helped to keep his neck warm and from seizing up!!
His ears are velvet lined and were Once upon a time pink have age darkened again over the years but show the pink colour inside.
Mr Blue bun has velvet covered and card lined foot pads and they are in good order really with no holes just some age rubbing to the material.
He has retained his four black claw stitches to both feet and has three to each of his paws with one further stitch broken.
His nose and mouth stitching is original to him but his clear glass eyes are later replacements and suit him perfectly.
He is stuffed firmly with kapok and he has a non working press squeaker in his tummy so you wont hear a 'Pip and a Squeak' out of him !!
REF B460 SORRY I HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
A RARE WW1 FARNELL 'CAESER' MASCOT SOLDIER DOG
He really is in jolly nice condition especially considering he is nearly one hundred years old and he also has his original silk ribbon tied around his neck even after going to War and returning home again !
These little Farnell soldier dogs and teddy's were given to the soldiers going off to War by family and loved ones as Good luck tokens in a hope to keep them safe throughout the War and at the time to bring them some comfort and a reminder of back home & the loved ones they were leaving behind!
It is said that the little Farnell bears had their eyes positioned on top of their heads so that they could see out out when they were kept in the soldiers top pocket.
He measures just 3" in length and 2 1/2 " in height.He is pin jointed and even his little head turns!
REF B288 SORRY I HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
VIOLET A VERY PRETTY FLUFFY FARNELL CAT C1930
Violet really is a lovely cat with such a pretty face . She has a pretty good coverage all over of a mixture of a mohair and wool blend. She was once mainly a plum pink colour with creamy white patches to her face ,chest and a little to the tip of her front paws but she has faded a little over the years.
Violet has a pretty good mohair/wool coverage all over her really considering she is over eighty years . She has some thinning and loss near to her side press squeaker and a little on her back but nothing too detrimental to her Gorgeous kitty looks.
This lovely Old kitty is stuffed firmly with a soft material filling to her body and tail and a mixture of wood wool and material filling to her head.
If you look very closely at Violets green glass eyes they are extremely unusual with their round black pupils and two shades of green for the iris with the darker green section formed in a radiating cogwheel design. Farnells 'fluffy' cats'were the only cats of theirs to have this type of unusual striking looking glass eyes!
Violet measures 12" in length from her nose to her bottom and her curled tail measures approximately a further 9".
She is approximately 10" in height from her front paws to the top of her head and 11" to the tip of her ears from the front paws.
This very wonderful looking Farnell kitty has a few of her original stitches left of her pink nose stitching but her mouth stitching however is all intact.
Violet is jointed at the neck so her head can turn and She has a side press bellows squeaker on the left side of her body but sadly for Violet this no longer works.
REF B599 SORRY I HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
MINIATURE LUCKY BLACK MASCOT CAT WW1
This Super little Lucky black mascot cat is very likely to be a Farnell cat. His sweet little face certainly bears a Very Strong resemblance to Farnells WW1 pin jointed Patriotic soldier bears and animals including their cats which are Highly valued and collected these days and much wanted by collectors.
He measures 2 3/4" in length and his standing height is approximately 2" excluding his tail of course!
This Super little Wartime, hero is an unjointed little kitty with a coat of black mohair and a mohair bushy tail too ! He has tiny yellow painted back eyes which are original to him , wee little whiskers and a tiny red stitched nose and teeny tiny black felt ears no less!
Little Kitty is in Good condition really , considering he is nearly one hundred years old !
He also has his original patriotic cord tied around his neck even after going to War and returning home in one piece again
It is said that the little Farnell bears had their eyes positioned on top of their heads so that they could see out out when they were kept in the soldiers top pocket and even this little Kitty appears to be looking upwards with his eyes positioned quite highly on his face.
The little Farnell Soldier teddies and animals were given to the Soldiers going off to War by family and loved ones as Good luck tokens in a hope to keep them safe throughout the War and at the time to bring them some comfort and a reminder of back home & the loved ones they were leaving behind!
REF B583 SORRY I HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
WE LOVE A HAPPY ENDING!
"MY GORGEOUS LITTLE DOG FROM YOU WAS DESTINED FOR MY HEART ! THANK YOU SO MUCH "
MRS B (JAN 2016)
"YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO STOP FINDING ALL THESE LOVELY OLD ANIMALS - AS THERE WILL BE NO ROOM FOR ME IN MY HOUSE SOON! "
MR W (MARCH 2016)
"MY SWEET LITTLE KITTY HAS ARRIVED & OH MY WHAT A GORGEOUS ONE SHE IS THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR FINDING HER FOR ME LYNN! "
MRS C (APRIL 2016)