Tanglewood is a large, limited edition, mohair artist bear by Barbara-Ann Bears

Regular price £360.00

Tanglewood is a very distinguished and impressive, mohair artist teddy bear, an early Barbara Ann Bear

Tanglewood stands 18.5 inches (47cm) tall and is 15 inches (38cm) sitting.

Tanglewood is a bear of the 1990s, a bear from our transition from the traditional into the wild and wonderful world of Barbara-Ann Bears. We made the first Tanglewood as our entry in the British Bear Artist Awards around 1996-1998 where he was runners-up in the large dressed bear category, then we made four copies and this bear is the first of the edition of four. He's a bear of high status and yet very relaxed and cool guy, he's had a life of wandering and now wants a change of scenery, a new life with gentle, kind folk who know how to make an old, aristocratic bear happy.

Tanglewood was made from slightly distressed coffee coloured mohair which, if you look very closely, you will see has a black thread running through it, it just gives it a little more life and interest. He has beige, German wool felt paw pads, amber translucent glass eyes (proper teddy bear eyes) and an impressive nose meticulously embroidered from individual cotton threads and a little gold, just to reflect his regal bearing. Tanglewood is stuffed with polyester stuffing.

Tanglewood comes with a loose fitting and very long cloak with a broad floppy collar, which has a muted autumnal leaf pattern and is lined with a dull gold fabric, under this he has a meshed golden fabric which represents his golden chainmail, around the waist he has a wired fabric vine with leaves, at the top of his cloak he wears a metal brooch of three leaves and he has a crystal amulet suspended from a cord around his neck. While he was away from us on his travels Tanglewood acquired a splendid tweed beret adorned with a feather brooch, which really adds to his aristocratic bearing.

Tanglewood is a great bear, he's a little reserved but he loves a cuddle but might say something like "cuddle me if you must but don't make a habit of it, I'm too refined for such common pleasures". He's an old bear, he doesn't want too much attention but if you can provide a bell to ring for when he does need it he would greatly appreciate it. He'd love a seat with a nice view across the sea to distant mountains, tea and cakes, a warm bed, more tea and cakes and someone to talk to every now and then. Please be warned that he might refer to you as 'my humble subject' occasionally (it was the way he was brought up, sorry). He's decided that he's far too good for the likes of us (even our sea views across to distant mountains are not quite impressive enough for him) and needs a home more suitable to a bear of his standing.

Tanglewood comes with his original swing ticket which reads Tanglewood 1/4.

We will enclose photos with Tanglewood 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 Tanglewood 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.