|Hubert says "Hi"|
I originally thought he was a 1930's Chiltern Hugmee, but after doing some research today I believe him to be a 1920's Chiltern, before the Hugmees were produced. The Hugmees were named that as they were soft and huggable,and Hubert is hard and woodwool filled. The other is more a 1930's Hugmee with just his head filled with woodwool, the rest being soft Kapok.
Hubert had a few issues, the main one being his left paw which had a gaping hole in it. When I got him he had a large bandage tied around the paw so I didn't know the extent of the damage until I removed it.
|A very poorly paw|
|Looking much happier with his mended paw and full smile|
One of his feet had to have a small piece inserted too as the fabric had worn away a bit.
|This foot had to have a small insert piece in the toe|
|The mended foot (new claws just visible)|
I felt his tummy and back and there was a hard object there - a growler? I opened his back up and sure enough he had a large growler. It was in remarkably good condition given his age so I shook it about a bit to get out any loose woodwool that may have settled in it. The cloth piece had relaxed quite a bit I think so he will never give a long deep growl. Now though he can give a little short grumble, especially if shaken a bit (not advisable to do that too much with a toy of this age). I always like to get an old growler or squeaker working, even if not that well.
Here he is to date, just needing his new eyes and a teddy 'bath' and brush up.
|A smiling Hubert, happy to know that |
by tomorrow he will be able to see who
he is waving too!
I will show him in all his glory tomorrow.