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Merrythought Bears

Established in 1930 in Ironbridge, Shropshire by two spinning mill owners W.G. Holmes and G.H. Laxton, with the assistance of C.J.Rendell (then Production Chief at Chad Valley) and A.C. Janisch (then Head of Sales at J.K. Farnell), Merrythought was born. Here, they had the talent, of two established and experienced business men in the soft toy industry plus the experience and the know-how to weave and create the highest quality mohair for these soft toys.

They were also joined at this time by a designer from Chad Valley, a truly remarkable woman called Florence Upton. (Florence was a deaf - mute and had attended school with the daughter of C.J. Rendell). Using her talent she was able to translate artists drawings into patterns and single handedly designed all 32 patterns for Merrythougts Premier line in 1930. Up until her death in 1949, she was still Chief Designer, and some of her original patterns are still in use today.

After creating the London Gold Range, The Cheekies and the Punkies, and 74 years after first opening their doors, Merrythought closed in 2006. Due to public demand they re-opened again in 2007, albeit on a smaller scale. Focusing on both traditional and collectable teddy bears.

Today Merrythought remains a 5th generation run company, that for 80 years has been hand making toys in England, and is still responsible, for some of "Britain's finest soft toys"

It's great to be eccentric and British - That's Merrythought down to a T. From their beautiful classic range to their fun and wacky 'Cheeky' bears, right up to their 'Punkies'. Design is everything!

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Feedback for world of bears has been compiled from 565 reviews.

DateProductScoreCustomer Comment
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Me To You - 7 inch Hugs and Kisses Heart Tatty Teddy G01W1912

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Customer Comment:

Very quick dispatch and delivery, well packaged great gift!

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Charlie Bears Plush Edith Bear - 2015

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Customer Comment:

great service very quick posting,a pleasure to purchase from.many thanks


On 28-Feb-2015 the supplier responded:
Thank you for your lovely feedback, Charlie Bears Edith is an adorable little bear.

Julie

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Deb Canham Little Gem Elwyn Miniature Teddy Bear

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Customer Comment:

Always very good service.


On 28-Feb-2015 the supplier responded:
I am glad Deb Canhams Elwyn Teddy Bear arrived safely and I hope he fits in well with your hug.

Wayne

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Jellycat ROY3CR Cordy Roy Croc Medium

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Customer Comment:

Very quick delivery, overall excellent service, would use again.


On 28-Feb-2015 the supplier responded:
Thank you for your nice comments, I am glad that your cute Jellycat Cordy Roy Croc arrived quickly.

Julie

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Jellycat BAS3FXN Bashful Fox Medium

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Customer Comment:

quick and easy , just what you want


On 28-Feb-2015 the supplier responded:
Glad you are happy with your Jellycat Bashful Fox, he is gorgeous.

Julie