(1950) Joy. Hilton. Sold £30

‘’Hilton’ a Joy teddy bear 1950s, with pale grey mohair, brown and black striated eyes, pronounced muzzle with black cloth nose, black stitched mouth and claws, Burgundy  velvet ear lining and pads, swivel head, jointed limbs and inoperative growler —13in. (33cm.) high (damage to feet pads, discoloured and slight general wear)

"This french bear has been made by a company that was set up in Saint Junien (close to Limoges), West area of France, Haute-Vienne. . Those bears were sold under the label "JOY" . The owner was Paul Neumond. This french company has made bears with unusual pattern, rather big and heavy for children but it was after World War Two and having restrictions lifted , it was an idea to suggest a pattern that perfectly matches with this period where everyone started to eat better, bears included." Eric Petit


Date 1950
Make Joy Paul Neumond
Fabric Art Silk Beige
Size 12 inches
Eyes Clear glass with painted backs
Features Velvet linings and paws
Jointed Fully jointed
Pads Maroon velvet
Stuffing Wood wool
Growl None
Number 237A

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