Wendy Boston bears was started by Wendy and Ken Boston in South Wales in 1945 after World War II. They moved to larger premises at Crickhowell and Abergavenny in 1948 and operated under the name Wendy Boston (Crickhowell) Ltd. They revolutionized bear manufacturing by introducing the first washable bear to Britain in 1954 and also introduced the safe screw in locked plastic eyes which was attached by a rust proof nut behind the plush. These teddy bears proved to be very popular after their launch on BBC television in 1955. By 1964, as Wendy Boston Playsafe Toys Ltd., they were producing over a quarter of UK’s total teddy bear exports. Denys Fisher Toys took over the company in 1968 and closed down operations in 1976. Most of the teddy bears were made of synthetic fibers like nylon but she also produced a line of mohair bears. Most of the Wendy Boston bears are unjointed with undefined feet and often have ears in one piece with the head. This was so they wouldn’t lose an ear when line dried. They come in many colors with short or long pile plush. The label includes instructions to “Wash in “lukewarm suds.” Some specify Persil, a laundry detergent whose maker endorsed Wendy Boston bears.
A lovely Wendy Boston bear with label. A lovely old unjointed teddy bear, she feels as though she is shredded foam filled She measures approx 18 inches in height, is un- jointed, and in a permanent sitting position, her arms , legs and head are all in good order,and the mouth & nose stitching is good. She has lovely 2 part orange and black glass eyes, both seem firmly in. Fur seems to be made from a beige/gold tipped colour , with original short plush pads in good condition, with three claws stitching to paws. Original label stitched to the side of left leg.
The smaller bear is exactly the same as the larger bear just in a smaller form. Her eyes have a yellow surround instead of orange. The label for the smaller bear is on the bottom of her foot .
This item will be posted by courier due to the fact the bears are delicate and expensive.