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.

1 comment:

  1. What a nice story and I'm the lucky one to get him:o)) So looking forward to receiving him soon. Lovely to see your dogs and cat. I use to know a few people who showed and bred Cavaliers as I myself was very involved in the showing world of dogs.
    Take care now and have a good weekend.
    Lyn x