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Cay Weightman
Bow Gussies
United Kingdom
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4.9 years on Bear Pile
3 orders sold
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Antique artist bears (26)


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I started Bow Gussies at the latter end of 2016 and my bears have found homes in many countries around the world

I make bears in a size range of 8" up to 30", both bare and dressed, often in clothes made from antique materials or actual antique children's clothes.

All bears are made from mohair, are five way jointed, glass eyes and are stuffed with a traditional wood weighted filling, which is designed to settle giving them a scrunchy feel.

All, too, are distressed to represent the early German Steiff bears (hence the name -Bowgussies/ boguses) many of us covet but frequently cannot locate or afford. The antiquing involves areas of baldness, worn paw pads, dulled eyes (sometimes) and carefully stained to replicate decades of ungentle play by little hands (trust me - I have two children!!).

I aim for the bears to have a slightly eccentric (sometimes their ears are attached in a wonky manner and they don't always sit straight) vintage appeal - gazing out upon the world with either gentle melancholy or bright eyed humor - but always (I hope) connecting with you. None I sell are ever ones I wouldn't want myself.

Because the company is relatively new and unknown, I offer free domestic postage with free returns and very reduced carriage internationally should he or she not automatically resonate with something deep within you - it happens with all of us from time to time; somehow, we just can't love him/her - making any purchase completely risk free (not one has ever been returned!)

*NEW* As of the 31st October 2017, all bears leaving my workshop will now sport a trademark metal bow on the back of their left ear 'bogen am ohr'- this is sewn on, not riveted, so is removable if one feels it unattractive, but is there to differentiate the Bow Gussies bogus antique German bears from other bogus antique bears.

£3 from the sale of each bear is donated to the Trussell Trust.

I prefer payment via bank transfer or Paypal friends and family as this facilitates free postage, but can and will accept Paypal goods and services if uncomfortable with these options or simply easier.


Gregory Woodrow
9.4" (24 cm)

Adopted
 


Hilda Montague
9.8" (25 cm)

Adopted
 


Flossie Walgrave
8.6" (22 cm)

Adopted
 


Tiffler Miggs
16" (40.6 cm)

Adopted
 


Hester Puggett
12" (30.4 cm)

Adopted
 


Lizbeth Nibbet
9" (22.8 cm)

Adopted
 


Giles Pilling
10" (25.4 cm)

Reserved
 


Emmet Pallister
8" (20.3 cm)

Adopted
 


Ambrose Ballinger
8" (20.3 cm)

Adopted
 


Blodger Muggins
12" (30.4 cm)

Adopted
 


Ethel Buggins
12" (30.4 cm)

Adopted
 


Newash Bassett
14" (35.5 cm)

Adopted
 


Harriet Marlow 21 old gold mohair
21" (53.3 cm)

Adopted
 

 


Mildred Crumps 8 brown bear
8" (20.3 cm)

Adopted
 


Horatius Nally 12 brown bear
11.8" (30 cm)

Adopted
 

 

 


Mops Hodgett 12.5 black mohair bear
12½" (31¾ cm)

Adopted
 


Muriel Sherringham 8.5 mohair bear
8½" (21.5 cm)

Adopted
 


Goff Bellingham
8½" (21.5 cm)

Adopted
 

 

 


Kilbey John - -
12" (30.4 cm)

Adopted
 


Nettie Bingham' 8 brownbear
8" (20.3 cm)

Adopted
 


10 gold mohairbear 'Alfie Coggan
10" (25.4 cm)

Adopted