Please contact me with any questions. The metal is probably a growler that used to work when he was tipped but no longer functions. Established in 1930 in Ironbridge, Shropshire by two spinning mill owners W. Some of these delightful mementoes commemorate a variety of famous occasions and are highly prized by collectors all over the world. Today the award-winning manufacturers produce an ever-increasing range of delightful pieces.
We can give you info about your teddy bear, if we have it available. His eyes are brown and black and he has a brown stitched nose and mouth. Parts of the Teddy Bears Usually, it will be good if you are sensitive to the different parts of the teddy bears, for example, parts such as the following are often very differently made among the different manufacturers of old. Photo: Totally Teddy Bears How to Identify and Value Your Vintage Teddy Bears I talked to many vintage teddy bear collectors, and most of them accumulated their wealth of knowledge on collecting and identifying vintage teddy bears by talking to other collectors and experts, digging around garage sales and visiting auctions, antique stores and specialised teddy bear fairs and exhibitions. Does he have any labels or a button? We have also identified which bears in the Merrythought section have these labels so that you can look at the characteristics of each bear in each period. Merrythought is a family business famous for crafting the finest, jointed, mohair teddy bears adored by children and adults across the world.
Thanks seams a bit slow tonight. Credit goes to for the following information. The production started in 1930 with 20 woman workers. Bobby Bruin and Teddy Doofings represent that new direction. By 1939 over 200 people worked at Merrythought, but on September 1 1939 Germany invaded Poland and World War ll began. Also teddy bears of the English Farnell are very collectable. A teddy bear with an attractive appearance, will be sold more quickly.
Early Merrythought bears had characteristics remanding of other companies like Chad Valley and J. Merrythought rented space in nearby Wellington and at the Government's request began to produce items for the war - chevrons sleeve badges , linings for helmets, tiny ignitor bags, gas mask bags, covers for hot water bottles and a variety of practical products made from gabardine and velour. Twisty Cheeky, an upright Teddy Bear from 1965. After creating the London Gold Range, The Cheekies and the Punkies, and 74 years after first opening their doors, Merrythought closed in 2006. They strive to make our collectibles more interesting.
The button usually was located in the left ear, but sometimes on the back of the bear. There are a number of different types of labels for you to compare. However, teddy bears from the 1950 and 1960, are also popular. Therefore they show signs of general wear. They give an indication of what the price of an old teddy bear might be.
Only the best in top quality soft toys can bear the prestigious Merrythought wishbone label. Famous fore-bears: Merrythought's history provides a fascinating insight into early 20th Century England - a period of considerable industrial change and development. Fully jointed, he is made of pale aqua mohair with brown velvet foot paws and felt hand paws. The British Admiralty took over the Coalbrookdale factory buildings and used them for vital map making work. We don't value teddy bears, because it's almost impossible to value a bear without actual seeing and feeling it. Welcome To The Magical World Of Merrythought.
History Sometimes, if there is a history attached to a teddy bear, or if the teddy bear is said to previously belong to a famous person in history or culture for example, it can give it a much better price. It is hard to tell from the pictures whether he is mohair or not but looks like he could be a synthetic. Laxton, with the assistance of C. Apart from labels, buttons, swing tags and certificates, the bear there too, still have its original box. This makes them difficult to identify.
In that same year they registered the trademark 'Merrythought'. Browse: The trademark Merrythought is a 17th century word meaning wishbone which is a symbol of good luck. A well-known manufacturer increases the value of the teddy bear. In 1931 they made their first catalogue with the Magnet-series in four different sizes. Cheeky was manufactured in different kinds of plush and in 1962 even with an open mouth. Throughout its impressive history the company has remained a family business. This lovely Cheeky Skye is made by the English bear maker - Merrythought.
If this button is no longer present, this immediate lowers the value with 25%. An automatic stuffing machine was brought over from America in 1955 - although it did not entirely replace the hand stuffing which still continues to this day - and the original foundry building was improved again with a new design and showroom building and an office block built in the grounds. They still use old skills and traditional techniques and say they never compromise in the production of any toy bearing the Merrythought label. The company's story actually begins in 1919 when Mr Holmes went into partnership with a Mr G H Laxton to open a small spinning mill in Yorkshire specialising in the manufacture of mohair yarn from imported raw materials. Merrythought is one of the oldest and most prestigious of England's toy manufacturers. Like a limited edition, they also have a higher value. One of the former Chad Valley employees who came to work at Merrythought was a remarkable lady called Florence Atwood.
Finished with a contrasting pale mocha silk ribbon bow, he has a gentle smile. These are not only important for identification of a teddy bear, but the more complete the teddy bear is, the more he is worth. Until her death in 1949 Florence Atwood was the chief designer for Merrythought. Most problems, like worn soles and missing eyes, are fixed easily. I do strive to note any and all flaws, but I don't always catch everything. New buildings have been added, but the large brick building built by the iron foundry in 1898 is still used today to lovingly create each and every Merrythought toy.