Bears & Friends
MERRYTHOUGHT GEORGE STUDDY BONZOS
Just look at those
faces! Perhaps not the usual toys I sell not being
antique, but I found these just about irresistible and
marvellous examples for the price I am asking.
They are absolutely as new, having not seen the "light
of day" for the last 16 or 17 years. The Scot - is
Bonnie McBonzo and he was produced in 2001 in a Limited
Edition of 500 - this one is Number 221. Aloha
Bonzo was produced in 2002 - and is the amazingly low
edition number 5 - again from a 500 Limited Edition!
They had been stored in one original Merrythought
plastic bag - I will be selling these Bonzos separately,
so the first to sell will have the Merrythought bag
included. Each has the original Merrythought tags
in original holder, together with the numbered sticker
on the outside of the holder - the printed details on
this sticker have faded (as all have done from these
series) but the handwritten item number is still
obvious on the sticker. Of course each Bonzo comes
with it`s sewn in tag with it`s number.
on picture for a larger view.
The Bonzo was of course the
brainchild of George Studdy, and from the 1920s onwards
was enormously popular and reproduced in postcards,
books, ornaments, toys - you name it and it was
produced. Many companies have produed Bonzo soft toys,
and the first Merrythought Bonzos were produced between
1952 to 1954, having been designed by Florence Atwood.
These later Bonzos retain the same basic design. Bonnie
McBonzo is velvet - with beautifully painted features,
and has his outfit including hat, kilt and sporran.
Aloha Bonzo is again the same basic design but with her
Hawaiian skirt and felt flowers. I have seen only a
couple of Bonnie McBonzos over the years, and never an
Aloha Bonzo. As mentioned before, both are mint
condition and available separately. If you have any
queries, do email and ask - I will be pleased to help.
These BONZOs are available
BONNIE MCBONZO is priced
at just £75 and
ALOHA BONZO is priced at