London, South Kensington
10 June 2003
A Merrythought 'National Special' teddy bear
with light golden mohair, orange and black glass eyes, pronounced clipped muzzle, black stitched nose, mouth, webbed hand claws and claws, swivel head, jointed limbs with felt pads, Merrythought yellow cloth label and unusual 'National Special' label --27½in. (70cm.) high, 1930s (general thinning to plush, bald patch on back, small repaired tear to forehead and foot pad repaired)
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This is only the second time a 'National Special' label has appeared on a Merrythought teddy bear. Merrythought have no surviving records of why this label was used, but it was probably a special order.
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