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She is a baby orphaned Merrythought Bingie cub bear and because she has had no one to love her for a long time she is somewhat lacking in confidence and love bless her and really needs the company of other bear cubs to play with to help coax her out of her shyness and even better a mommy to love her.
Baby Fudge as we have christened her because of her beautiful blonde long wavy mohair coverage which is lightly tipped on the ends in a peachy colour is a rare Bingie cub baby bear and dates to C1931/32.
The Merrythought Bingie bear cubs were made in a seated position to represent a baby bear cub and were produced by Merrythought at the firms onset in 1931.
The tipped mohair Baby Bingie bear cubs were made in three sizes and baby Fudge here is the largest one made in a seated slumpy head down measurement of 14" but 16" when it is gently lifted up.
The Bingie Bear cubs were made in a seated position with unjointed legs but there are arms and heads were jointed so they could turn.
Her large amber and black glass eyes are later replacements but suit her perfectly and her black nose and mouth stitching is original to her and in perfect order.
Her ears are lined in creamy white art silk material and the art silk is a little thinned in parts around the edges probably from being carried Once upon a baby bear cubs life time.
Baby Fudge has retained in her left ear the celluloided Merrythought wishbone button which confirms she was made in the 1930s.
On the underside of her right leg she has the Merrythought early embroidered stitched label which reads 'MERRYTHOUGHT HYGIENIC TOYS MADE IN ENGLAND'
Baby Fudges large almost tear shaped felt paw pads are in pretty fair condition with just a couple of tiny holes in them all but nothing too detrimental and we can forgive her for this because she is over eighty years old.
She has retained most of her black claw stitches too with just a couple lost one on her left paw pad and one on her left foot pad but again this is not detrimental to her.
Baby Bingie bear cub is a beautiful soft cuddle as she is stuffed with kapok to her body and limbs with fine wood wool in her feet and a similar mixture of both in her head.
Adorable baby Fudge is looking for a loving home and comes with her Vintage French bib around her neck and tiny little charms around her neck a rocking horse and Letter B charm for Baby Bingie and a Special Birth certificate tag .
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She was a Wonderful star of the theatre back in the 1930s and was much admired for her beauty as well as her acting on the stage .
Miss Sarah Bearheart even had her own successful theatre company travelling up and down the country and playing to full audiences and even to France too where she was very popular because she could sing and speak in fluent French because her own father was French and he used to help teach her the French language from an early age.
This beautiful bear graced posters and Theatrical postcards both at home and in France in her theatrical costumes and the grander looking the better especially headdresses !
This Beautiful Chiltern bear dates to C1930 and measures 22" .
She is stuffed firmly with kapok to her body and limbs and wood wool and Happy theatrical days memories to her head.
Miss Sarah Bearheart is a five-way jointed old bear and all her joints move agilely for her perhaps all thanks to all the dancing she has always done .
She has retained many of her original features , her amber glass eyes and nose and mouth stitching are all original and in perfect condition.
Miss Bearheart has kept all four black claw stitches to each paw and has kept all five stitches to her right foot pad but has lost all her claw stitches on her left foot pad.
Her paw pads are all covered in their original cotton cloth material and are in good order with no holes or repairs in any of them.
The Very beautiful Miss Sarah bearheart takes centre stage as always and is looking for a wonderful home to retire to now she is in her elder bear years and wants to have a more restful life .
She comes beautifully dressed exactly as you see her here in her antique dress with all its trimmings , pretty shawl around her shoulders and of course her wonderful extravagant Antique French head dress .and Hanging around her neck is a pretty vintage style fan necklace and carrying a pink silk flower corsage .
We dearly hope that Miss Sarah Bearheart here will find a beautiful home with perhaps some other bears from the theatre too to remissness and share stage stories with !
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As to his country of origin we believe that he is either French or American making him again Very Special in our bear eyes because the Americans liberated France along with the Britain and Canada.
However we are edging a little closer to France for him as to being a French bear because of his stance and head shape.
Captain Normandy was at the helm of a landing ship that landed on the coast of France on D Day and is therefore used to the battles of a bear life but fortunately for him apart from losing some of his mohair over the years he hasn't suffered too many injuries like some of his bear comrades did on that day!
He measures approximately 19" in length and is a five way jointed old bear and all his joints turn and move well for him.
Captain Normandy has but a light dusting left of his golden colored mohair with most of it being left visible on his face and front of his legs.
His orange brown coloured glass eyes with painted backs and are old ones and seem original to him but I cannot be certain here for you however they do suit him wonderfully and give him a very bright eyed look!
He has had the stitch that goes from under his nose to his mouth kissed away over they years but we think it gives him that rather a distinguished old bear look don't you ?
Captain Normandy's paw pads have all been recently recovered for him and very neatly I might add.
He is stuffed with a soft filling to his legs and arms and a mixture of this and wood wool to his tummy. his head is stuffed with wood wool and lots of old bear Wartime memories some good and some not so good for him bless him!!
This wonderful Old bear has retained most of his original black claw stitches and the paw stitching style does remind us again of some of the French bears. he has three left on his right paw and two remaining to his left paw. There are three to each of his feet also still intact.
Capitan Normandy has a press squeaker in his back which sadly doesn't work these days as its a little pooped out but his endearing looking face and bright eyed look speaks volumes for this Wonderful Old bear hero!
He comes dressed in his Vintage Old French shirt with vintage enamelled Captain pin proudly pinned to it and a little anchor too.
We hope that Captain Normandy here will be able to set sail soon on a new Voyage in his bear life !
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His favorite story books of all are adventures ones thats why he likes nothing more than to take himself off on a warm sunny day on his very own adventure to Primrose wood where it can be quite dark and shady the further you go into the wood and sit amongst the pretty clumps of wild yellow primroses and fallen acorns and read his book quietly with only the sound of the birds twittering and the rabbits scurrying through , here he can imagine himself being in the story too and being the intrepid bear adventurer!
Rupert is a bright eyed and sparky little bear dating to C1950. He is a English 'Lefray' toys bear.
He measures 16" in height and is a five way jointed little bear .
His joints all turn and move well for him which is a very good thing for a little old bear like himself especially when he loves going on adventures and climbing trees and jumping across streams !
Rupert has a pretty good coverage all over of his light golden coloured plush with very little evidence of thinning .
His pads are all covered in a brown clipped plush and are in pretty good order too with no damage.
His nose and mouth stitching is all original to him and again is stitched in the characteristic 'Lefray' toys way with his nose being vertically and narrowly stitched with long downward stitches with two outer longer stitches and a straight horizontal stitch for his mouth.
He used to growl once upon a time when he was tilted but it just clunks inside hi tummy these days but his cute little face speaks volumes for him instead!
Rupert is stuffed firmly with a kapok type filling throughout and some honey sandwiches of course too which a bear always needs when going on a adventure to the woods!
This lovely old bear comes dressed in his rust coloured mohair trousers with Rupert the bear badge pinned to them and around his neck on ribbon is a little Once upon a time story book charm we have given him so he is never without a book!
Rupert is a quiet and shy little bear and what he needs more than anything is some little bear pals to share new exciting adventures with and sit and read together perhaps you know of some for him?
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WE LOVE A HAPPY ENDING!
" I HAVE COME HOME TO FIND A LOVELY SURPRISE MY BEAUTIFUL BEAR FROM YOU I CANNOT EXPRESS MY LOVE FOR HOW SHE IS SO WONDERFULLY DRESSED WITH CARE & ATTENTION TO THE TINIEST DETAIL & I CANNOT STOP ADMIRING HER THANKYOU SO MUCH LYNN "
MRS C (MAY 2018)
" MY BEAR HAS ARRIVED & IS SO BEAUTIFULLY PACKED & I LOVE HIS FACE! THANK YOU ALSO FOR THE LOVELY BAG OF LAVENDER & GIFT TAG WITH HIM . I AM SO HAPPY TO ADD HIM TO MY EVER GROWING BEAR COLLECTION FROM YOU "
MRS B (OCT 2018)
"MY BEAR HAS ARRIVED TODAY & IS EVERYTHING I WISHED FOR THANK YOU SO MUCH"
MRS D (DEC 2018)
" THANKYOU LYNN FOR MY LOVELY BEAR SHE HAS SUCH A COMFORTING PRESENCE "
MISS M (JUL 2018)