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Cay Weightman
Bow Gussies
United Kingdom

2.5 years on Bear Pile
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Antique artist bears (23)


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I started Bow Gussies at the latter end of 2016 and the few I have made since starting the company have been sold on Ebay until March 17 - though I still periodically list there when offers are good.

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 to give them a scrunchy feel.

All, too, are distressed to represent the early German Steiff bears (hence the name - boguses) many of us covet (but can't afford!), which 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 wear 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 so new and unknown, I offer free postage with free return 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.

*NEW* As of the 31st October, 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.


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" o
21" (53.3 cm)
Adopted
 


Barton Beadley 'white' 10
10" (25.4 cm)
Adopted
 


Mildred Crumps 8" br
8" (20.3 cm)
Adopted
 


Horatius Nally 12" b
11.8" (30 cm)
Adopted
 


Maisie Bovingdon 10 Old G
10" (25.4 cm)
Adopted
 


TODDY SNITTERFIELD 8"
8" (20.3 cm)
Adopted
 


Mops Hodgett 12.5" b
12½" (31¾ cm)
Adopted
 


Muriel Sherringham 8.5&qu
8½" (21.5 cm)
Adopted
 


Goff Bellingham
8½" (21.5 cm)
Adopted
 


Chalmondley Gyles aged go
9½" (24.1 cm)
Adopted
 


Chuffy Wingrave - 'white'
9½" (24.1 cm)
Adopted
 


Kilbey John - -
12" (30.4 cm)
Adopted
 


'Nettie Bingham' 8"
8" (20.3 cm)
Adopted
 


10" gold mohairbear
10" (25.4 cm)
Adopted