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.
Ernest Pinkney was a Soldier in WW1. This bear is named after him.
Ernest is 31/2" tall and made from a lovely purple coloured mohair on a blue background. He is fully cotter pin jointed and filled with kapok, used in the making of early bears, and steel shot in his body for added weight.
I have plucked, shaded and waxed him and added faux stitching. Ernest has one blue glass eye and one black boot button eye and a sparsely stitched nose.
He wears a tatty sash pinned together with a rusty old safety pin and an old bell.