Saturday, 15 June 2013

An Assortment of Vintage and Antique Toys

I love to get a box of old toys from a sale or Ebay and rummage through to see what I have.
My latest finds include some strange toys, some of which are pre 1900.
These wild animals for example, are from the late 1800's to very early 1900's.  They are around 4"/10cm long, carved from wood and mounted on a wooden plinth.  They have been hand painted, the Leopard's SOLD pattern still being quite clear and colorful.  The Zebra and Tiger are a bit worn and faded though.

To purchase this little horse on wheels go to
This small Carthorse on wheels is also from the same period and is very collectable.  It is made from papier mache, and is just 4"/10cm long.  I have seen a few different types like this and most seem to fetch $100 or more.  I have this one for sale in my Etsy shop for 50GBP + postage.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Steiff Animals

I have acquired some beautiful Steiff vintage animals.  The first is my favourite - a lovely patterned Owl with loads of character SOLD

 He can turn his head right around and look behind him as a real Owl can.
Then there are the big cats - a Lion, Tiger Cub and Leopard Cub.
The Leopard Cub has a beautiful face and pretty markings. SOLD

                               This is Nagy Beaver a cute Steiff plush toy
A lovely little Bambi Fawn

..and finally Slo Turtle SOLD
They are all available for sale in my Etsy shop -

Sunday, 9 June 2013

A bear with Piercing Eyes...

An old bear I have acquired was next in line for restoration.  I thought he just needed a patch on one of his paws and a general clean up.
Then I noticed that his eyes were different sizes, so they had to be replaced.  I got out my scissors and started the process of finding the cotton to cut to release the glass eyes.
I found no cotton, but was amazed at how the eyes had been put in.  They were just pushed in and held in place with a bit of glue. 
However did those of us that were children in the 1940's and 1950's survive?
 Here he is with his new eyes.  He needs a clean, although the really dark patches on his bald nose may not come that clean.  I should be able to fluff up and clean his fur though.
 I tried to find out who his maker was, and on examining his paws to see what repairs were needed, I found little holes which led me to believe that he was a Merrythought bear with the webbed claws typical of some of their bears.
I looked through my Merrythought reference book, and lo and behold - here he is.  This one has darker paws, but the head, ears, nose shape and general body and limbs shape matches so I have decided that he is a Merrythought from the 1940's.
I have a bit of work to do on him and then he will be for sale in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Chiltern George is Completed and Looking Very Handsome

I promised that when I had finished the large Chiltern bear that I had named George I would show his transformation.  Well, here he is.  Isn't he just adorable?  George is now SOLD
He is available in my Etsy shop now -

George before his makeover...

...and looking very handsome in the Sunshine

Poor blind George
What a difference a pair of eyes make!