Oh I love the colour of this little Soldier Bear,Wellings. He is made from plum coloured mohair and has 2 different blue coloured glass eyes and a sparsely stitched and waxed nose.He is approximately 3 & half inches tall when standing and is fully cotterpin jointed. I have plucked,stained and waxed him to make him look like he has been very well loved.
Wellings is filled with kapok, used in the making of early bears and has steel shot in his body for added weight.
He wears a tatty sash tied with a rusty old pin and a silver coloured "hope" charm. He comes together with his military bag.
This is for those of you who do not know the story of the Soldier bears.
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. Wellings is one of my versions of those bears