Item/Description: Baxter 1900s bear is authentically dressed up in period costume as a 1900s-era “businessman”. This “good luck & prosperity” teddy bear is the millennium-issue, turn-of-the-twentieth century commemorative stuffed animal/plush doll from Pickford Bears The Brass Button Bear Collection’s 20th Century Collectibles line, celebrating and commemorating the 100th Birthday of Joshua Goodridge
***Brass Button Bears created a line of teddy bears that represents each decade of the Twentieth Century, with Baxter representing the 1900s. In addition to being hand-crafted and fully jointed, he is authentically outfitted-costumed as a “Dapper Gentleman” of that era, and comes with doll stand, button and tags
***Hang Tag tells the story of Baxter as well as the origin of these Bears: “Baxter: Our 1900s bear is dressed for business in his affluent attire. Success is right around the corner. Let the good times roll. May Baxter bring luck and prosperity to your life in the new Millennium.
On a sunny winter’s day in 1900 June Goodridge, a seamstress in upstate Maine, opened the door to find a baby on her porch. He was wrapped in a simple blanket. She cared for the baby and their bond became so strong that she adopted the child and named him Joshua. When Joshua was eight, he made a teddy bear on his mother’s sewing machine. He dressed it in the clothes of the day and fastened a brass button to it. The bear became his friend, and every ten years Joshua made another special bear. He went on to become successful in business and in life, with a happy marriage and ten children who he loved dearly. In the year 2000, Joshua Goodridge will celebrate his 100th birthday. To this day, he tells his children and grandchildren the story of how the bears bring luck and prosperity to his life.”
Age/Period: Modern/Contemporary - 1999 (1990s)
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings: Sewn label attached to Baxter Bear reads “Pickford Bears Ltd. 1900s ‘Baxter’ Brass Button Bears 20th Century Collectibles”; Hang Tag reads “Baxter 1900s - Brass Button Bears - 20th Century Collectibles - Handcrafted - Fully Jointed”
Material(s)/Format: Stuffed animal (polyester fiber) plush toy
Quantity: One (1)
Condition: Bear and all but his spectacles eyeglasses are near mint! The frames on his glasses are metal and evince a bit of (I’m not sure of the proper term) - ? brassing/?tarnishing.