Percy is a large, one of a kind, mohair artist bear by Barbara-Ann Bears

Regular price £160.00

Percy is a very friendly and lovable traditional one of a kind, vintage, artist teddy bear in English mohair, a very early Barbara Ann Bear

Percy is quite a large bear, he's 22 inches (56 cm) tall and is 16 inches (41 cm) sitting.

It gets a bit much when Etsy describes one of your older bears as 'vintage', does that make us vintage too? Barbara Ann Bears started in 1990 (although Barbara has been making bears since she was a child) and Percy is one of the first mohair Barbara Ann Bears. His design goes back a little further, before we had started selling bears, when Barbara just made bears because she loved them and for family and friends. We think Percy was made in 1991, you'll have to watch him, he's the right age for getting married and starting a family....

Percy is a very friendly teddy bear, he has a sweet face and a loving personality. Percy is a bear who just wants to sit down and live a quiet, peaceful life, he's getting to be an old gent and despite his youthful appearance he can no longer go out climbing trees, raiding bees' nests, chasing caribou across the tundra or even yodelling from mountain tops (phew!). He is one of the very first mohair bear we made, he's made from English mohair which sadly is no longer available, the factory having closed down around the start of the millennium. Percy has been very well looked after and is in perfect condition.

Percy is made from a beautiful beige, slightly distressed English mohair which reveals a hint of green in certain lights. Percy has tan leather paw pads and vintage boot buttons for eyes, we love using old boot buttons, they're a link right back to the earliest teddy bears. Percy has a splendid, carefully embroidered tan nose and a sweet smile, he is one of the few bears with a nose sewn by Barbara, before someone remarked 'that nose isn't quite straight' and has been sewing noses ever since... so you can guess the response.

Percy is stuffed quite firmly with polyester stuffing, he comes from a time before we were aware of plastic pellets and as with all our bears he is 5-way jointed.

Percy is a very rare Barbara Ann Bear, one of our earliest mohair teddy bears, he is a sweet chap with a short snout and a lovely expression. He maintains a youthful demeanour despite his years, he's fared much better than we have over the past 28 years. Percy demonstrates that most of our bears will outlive us, either being passed down through families or moving from one collector to another, hopefully making people smile for many, many years or generations to come.

We will enclose photos with Percy and we are happy to put in a greetings card and gift tags, maybe a birthday card or one for another occasion, you can choose one from our greetings card page and let us know which card you would like.

As with all our bears Percy is not a toy, he is an adult collectible and unsuitable for children under 14. He is sold as a vintage collectible and not as a toy, he has a very old sew in label which does not have the usual safety warnings, although his swing ticket does.