I.D. Elements - General
A Long muzzle, which could be shaven or unshaven.
Clear glass or amber and black eyes which were sewn in and tied off.
They used good quality mohair.
Bodies were stuffed with kapok.
Heads were stuffed with wood wool.
Velvet or cotton paws and pads.
Large thighs or legs which look like drumsticks.
A large tummy or belly.
Long arms with upturned paws.
Four claws on feet and pads.
Sharply pointed feet.
1920-30 noses have upward stitches on either side. In the 1960’s the plastic nose was introduced.
1930’s Chiltern in profile
1940’s Chiltern Hugmee
1950’s Chiltern Hugmee
Characteristics of the 1920/30 (pre-war) Hugmee's include:
- A good quality mohair
- A long muzzle, noses have elongated upward stitches on outside edges
- Clear or amber and black glass eyes which were sewn in and tied at back of head
- Large thighs which taper at ankles (drumstick legs)
- Large tummy
- Body stuffed with kapok with wood wool around the joints and any squeakers.
- Long curved arms with spoon-shaped paws and four claws
- Pointed feet, larger bears had cardboard inserts to help keep the shape
- Velvet or cotton paws and footpads with embroidered claws
- Later bears had some changes which, generally, meant using less fabric as it was difficult to acquire after the war...
- Shorter and thinner arms and legs; flatter faces; smaller feet; pads made of rexine; nose was shaped like a shield. (In the 1960’s the plastic nose was introduced.)
Cardboard labels were used until the 1940's and they are very rarely found today.
Fabric labels were then introduced with a red printed label which was usually sewn in the side seam.
In the 1950's a white label with blue print was used again, usually sewn into a side seam.
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