Teddy Bear

Bernie the Beefeater - William Simpson Teddy Bear Collection

This teddy bear was named ‘Bernie the Beefeater' by Mr William Simpson who was an avid collector of more than 250 teddy bears. Bernie the Beefeater is made of a honey coloured fur, and has a swivel head and jointed limbs. This teddy bear wears a red tartan beefeater style coat with white lace ruff and a black felt hat. Bernie the Beefeater has a label stitched at its lower back with 'Made in Indonesia exclusively for Dean's Rag Book Co.' written. The teddy bear fits into a dark blue box with its name on a label on the front and 'Dean's Rag Book Co. Ltd., company trademark and Mini Bear' on lid. An information leaflet is stored inside.

Bernie the Beefeater belongs with 5 other bears: Billy the Bellboy, Bob the Policeman, James Bear, Gordon the Guardsman and Florrie the Flowerseller. These are all a set of Dean's miniature bears however they were actually made in the Far East under contract from Dean's.

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