During World War One many British Soldiers used to be given a little bear by their sweethearts and loved ones. These bears had eyes that were high up on their heads which peeped out of the soldiers' top pockets.
Private William Stratford was a Soldier in the 10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and lived in the village that I now live in. This bear is named after him.
William is 31/2" (9cm) and made from a scruffy mohair that I have plucked and treated to give the appearance of a much loved bear. He has amber glass eyes, one large and one small to look like one has had to be replaced and various faux stitches. He is fully cotterpin jointed and his head and limbs are heavily stuffed with kapok, used in early bearmaking. He has steel shot in his body for added weight.
William wears a tatty red, white and blue sash fastened with a rusty old safety pin and a bronze coloured "hope" charm.
If you would like to reserve any of the Little Scruffs on my site for up to 5 weeks a Â£10 deposit will secure.
If you are in the UK and would prefer to have this bear sent by the lower price of signed for or by courier please let me know and I will adjust the postage
Discounted postal costs for ALL countries outside the UK can be found on my Terms page along with questions on reserving a bear