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Welcome to World of Bears, your premier destination for all things Merrythought. 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”.

As official Merrythought stockists, we take pride in offering you the finest selection of traditional teddy bears, including the iconic Rupert Bear and exclusive limited edition treasures. Delight in the charm and craftsmanship of Merrythought Bears, where each creation embodies a rich heritage of quality and love.

The Merrythought Story

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 Attwood. (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!

When considering buying Merrythought toys, the expanded benefits and appeal become even more evident. Merrythought toys offer a unique blend of playfulness and sophistication, making them ideal companions for children of all ages. The whimsical designs, vibrant colors, and soft textures stimulate a child’s imagination and creativity, encouraging hours of imaginative play and storytelling.

Merrythought’s commitment to using premium, child-safe materials ensures that parents can feel confident in providing their little ones with these beloved plush toys. The attention to safety standards and durability means that Merrythought toys can withstand the rigors of playtime, providing lasting enjoyment and becoming cherished childhood friends.

For collectors, Merrythought toys hold a significant place in the world of teddy bear enthusiasts and plush toy aficionados. Their limited-edition releases and vintage collections make them highly sought-after and valuable additions to any collection. Whether starting a new collection or expanding an existing one, Merrythought toys bring a touch of elegance and heritage to any display.

Moreover, purchasing Merrythought toys supports a company with a rich history and a dedication to preserving the tradition of handcrafted plush toys. By investing in Merrythought products, buyers contribute to the continuation of a time-honored craft, ensuring that future generations can experience the joy and magic of these exceptional toys.

In summary, buying Merrythought toys offers a myriad of benefits, from inspiring creativity and imaginative play in children to being cherished keepsakes for collectors. With a focus on quality, safety, and craftsmanship,

Merrythought toys are more than just plush toys – they become symbols of love, joy, and enduring memories, making them a truly special addition to any family or collection.

World of Bears stocks the Merrythought Range of Collectibles of traditional teddy bears, some jointed, musical and with growlers

Shop Merrythought Bears at World of Bears

Indulge in the enchanting world of Merrythought Bears with our curated collection of timeless classics and rare finds. From cuddly companions to collectible masterpieces, our range caters to every teddy bear enthusiast’s heart’s desire. Explore the enduring appeal of Merrythought Bears and find the perfect addition to your collection today.

Why Trust World of Bears for Merrythought Products?

At World of Bears, we’re more than just a retailer – we’re passionate bear aficionados dedicated to delivering an exceptional shopping experience. Here’s why you can trust us with your Merrythought treasures:

  • Authenticity Guaranteed: As official Merrythought stockists, we ensure that every bear you purchase from us is authentic and of the highest quality.
  • Expertise and Care: Our team is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all things teddy bears, providing personalised assistance and care throughout your shopping journey.
  • Secure Shopping: Shop with confidence knowing that your transactions are safe and secure on our website, with reliable payment options and data protection measures in place.


Why should I buy Merrythought Bears from official stockists like World of Bears?

Purchasing from official Merrythought stockists, like World of Bears, ensures authenticity and quality, protecting you from counterfeit products and scams.

Do you offer international shipping?

Yes, we offer international shipping to bring Merrythought Bears to enthusiasts worldwide. Please refer to our shipping page for more details.

What makes Merrythought Bears special?

Merrythought Bears are renowned for their exceptional craftsmanship, timeless designs, and rich heritage dating back over a century. Each bear is lovingly handmade in England using the finest materials, making them cherished heirlooms for generations to come.

Explore our wide range of Official Merrythought Bears

Discover the magic of Merrythought Bears at World of Bears today. Whether you’re adding to your collection or searching for the perfect gift, let us be your trusted companion on your teddy bear journey. Shop now and experience the joy of Merrythought Bears like never before!

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