(1920) Mr Smiles Sold £160
’Mr Smiles’ a Chad Valley smiler teddy bear 1920s, with rare brown mohair, orange and black glass eyes, pronounced clipped muzzle, light brown stitched triangular nose, mouth and claws, swivel head, jointed limbs with black cloth pads and inoperative squeaker —18in. (45.5cm.) high (home recovered pads, slight wear and fading)
Mr Smile is a Chad Smiles bears, one of the very first Chad bears made during their experimental period. There was a postcard of a smiling little girl, a smiling doll and a smiling Chad bear like this one, from which they were then known as Smiles bears. Two of those photos are shown. I am so lucky to have one.
|Light brown stitching to nose with upward ends