KATHERINE HEPBEARN AND HUMPHREY BEARGART
African Queen set
Under The Willow Tree
North American Bear Co.
V.I.B. Very Important Bear Collection
Retired and Rare
Katherine Hepbearn & Humphrey Beargart
Produced from 1989 to 1991
Brand new mint condition never been opened package includes Katherine in Victorian-styled, Sage Green, Flannel, Dress with Precious, Little, Scalloped-edged, Pearly, Buttons and tons of attention to Detail. Her Dress has 2 Thin, Rows of Ivory-colored, Lace around the Collar, another Thin, Row of Lace that runs around the Bottom of her Puffed, Sleeves and a row of really Wide, Lace that runs around the Collar below the other 2, Thinner, Rows and wraps up around and over the Shoulders and into a V-shape in the Front and it has a very Soft, Sage Green-colored, Satin, Ribbon that lays over the Top portion of the Lace. The Ribbon Perfectly coordinates with her Belt that’s made out of a Wider, version of the same Satin, Ribbon, and all of the Ribbon Perfectly matches the Color of her Dress. Her Hat is the Perfect, Accessory to finish off her Beautiful, Vintage, Style of “days gone by”. It is a Beige-colored, Delicately-styled, Straw, Hat that’s Adorned with another Row of Lace with the same Coordinating, Ribbon on Top, a White, Fabric, Flower with Silk, Leaves and a strip of White, Tulle that wraps around the Hat (it is attached to the Hat) and comes around and ties under Ms. Hepbearn’s Chin. She is just absolutely Lovely in her Victorian-styled, Attire and chocked Full of Charm. Ms. Hepbearn herself is Pink in Color and is made of Velvet, Fabric. She is certainly a Lady with “Class”, from Head to Toe!
Brand new mint condition never been opened package includes Humphrey in his Original Outfit of Black Cotton Cap…Cream-Colored Cotton Shirt…Black Bandana around his Neck…and Pale Yellow Cotton Slacks with Rope Belt..
Also includes original Hangtag.
North American Bear Co.
Nearly 30 years ago, North American Bear Company began as a creative business enterprise of a new mother, Barbara Isenberg, starting a family in New York City in the mid-1970’s. Her desire to find a teddy bear with the nostalgic charm of an antique toy and a contemporary sense of whimsy for her own small son prompted the start of a toy company creating unique, high quality plush bears that would appeal to both children and adults alike. In 1978, after perfecting a variety of sample bears, assembling a sales force and locating a small NY factory to produce bears, Barbara teamed up with her brother, Paul Levy, a Chicago-based lawyer and real estate developer, to form North American Bear Company, Inc. Barbara continues as the company’s Creative Director, running the New York Studio in the heart of Manhattan’s toy district where she and the closely-knit design and production team develop each season’s rich and varied collections. Paul Levy serves as CEO in the company’s corporate headquarters in Chicago, managing the administrative, financial and warehousing aspects of the business.
Odl Bauer, who sewed the first bear, joined Paul and Barbara Isenberg and together they worked on developing the VIB’s (Very Important Bears). Using her English literature background, Barbara experimented with a variety of names and puns for these colorful 20″ velour bears. The first was Douglas Bearbanks, based on the legendary silent film star. He was followed by Scarlett O’Beara, Chef Bearnaise and Amelia Bearheart. The VIB’s are all retired and often increase dramatically in value on the secondary market.
In the spring of 1984, Muffy VanderBear came to life as the fifth and littlest (7″ tall) member of the VanderBear Family, which includes papa Cornelius (20″ tall), mamma Alice (18″tall), twin brother and sister, Fuzzy and Fluffy (both (12″ tall). Like the rest of her family, Muffy has rich golden plush fur, felt pawpads, a fully-jointed body and a hand stitched nose. Because papa Cornelius firmly believes that “clothes make the bear,” Muffy and her family are always sure to be appropriately dressed for every occasion. Muffy first appeared in a delicate white Christening gown, hardly knowing that many outfits and collections would later be created for her.
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