Tommy Buttons is a traditional clown teddy bear in vintage German mohair by Barbara Ann Bears

Regular price £195.00

Tommy Buttons is a very affectionate and handsome, traditional clown teddy bear made from fabulous vintage mohair by Barbara Ann Bears

Tommy Buttons is 15.5 inches (40cm) tall and is 11.5 inches (29cm) sitting.

Tommy Buttons is a bit of a character, a quirky and rather splendid clown teddy bear. Tommy has the bearing of a clown from the 1920s or 30s where there would be a long cavalcade through each town they would visit, you would always know when the circus was in town. He's both happy and sad, he loves to make people laugh and smile while at the same time you can detect the hint of sadness in his expression. His circus days are over now, he has stories to tell and he would love to settle down, somewhere quiet where he will be loved and he can tell you everything that goes on under the big top.

Tommy Buttons is made from a vintage German mohair, it probably dates back to between the 1900s to 1920s, so he is both old and new. The mohair is a rich mahogany with a black printed pattern, this has faded over time but its organic nature hints that it was an Art Nouveau design dating back to the very early part of the last century. The mohair shows signs of age in places which adds to his charm... a pity we can't get away with that ourselves. Tommy has dark brown ultrasuede paw pads that go beautifully with his mohair.

Tommy has antique or vintage glass eyes, which have concentric rings of white, brown and black, the irises and pupils are slightly off centre so he can look up or down, or even up and down at the same time. He has a perky little nose carefully embroidered in coordinating shades of brown, maroon and black and a relaxed, engagingly sad expression.

Barbara has made Tommy a long vintage velour maroon clown's hat which has been gathered so that it bends, it has a small ornate vintage brooch on the band and a bell at the end. Tommy has a vintage lace collar which Barbara has dulled down a little with special dye (strong black coffee) and above the lace collar Tommy has a band of maroon tassels. He also has two vintage metal buttons sewn on his tummy.

Tommy Buttons is stuffed with a mixture of polyester stuffing and plastic pellets, giving him a cuddly and relaxed demeanour, comfortable and easy to pose and hug. As with all our bears he is 5-way jointed.

Tommy Buttons is a very sweet teddy bear clown, he looks a little forlorn, like an old teddy who has been patiently waiting for new friends and a new home but is always overlooked. We think he's rather loveable, we hope you do too.

We'll pop in some photos with Tommy Buttons 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, Tommy Buttons is not a toy, he is an adult collectible and unsuitable for children under 14.