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Tuesday 10th November 2020 10:00am

Teddy Bears of Witney Mascot Bears

Teddy Bears of Witney Mascot Bears (set of three with pincushion) Old Witney Favourite miniature teddy bears, LE 250; replicas of the mascot bears - circa 1915 in the Teddy Bears of Witney Museum. Little is known about the earliest bears made in 1908 by J K Farnell. The company's tiny jointed bears, made six or seven years later, are well recorded. They were popular with British soldiers, many of whom took them into battle as mascots in the Great War. They were available in blonde mohair, as well as patriotic red, white and blue. Old mascot bears (often called "soldier bears") are now much sought after by collectors. The three primitive circa 1915 Mascot Bears in the Teddy Bears of Witney museum were bought at Christie's in December 1994. This set, from the 2008 catalogue, comprises three mohair bears in red, white and blue, with amber and black glass eyes, black stitched nose, fully jointed, aged to resemble old bears, each with chest tag plus one certificate. They come with a hand embroidered Union Jack pincushion, certificate and the original box. Near Mint to Mint, 4"/10cm.

Estimate: £100 - £150

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