This year we’re celebrating the 100 birthday of Edward Bear - the teddy bear who inspired AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories back in 1921 - by creating a giant version of the famous character.
As tall as the average three-year-old child, our brand-new ‘Giant Edward’ is an oversized version of the original bear, who was Christopher Robin’s cherished childhood toy, given to him by his mother Daphne as a first birthday present in August 1921.
Daphne’s husband and Christopher’s father, AA Milne, was so enamoured by the partnership he witnessed between a boy and his bear, that he began to write stories about their journey through life together - and that’s when Winnie the Pooh was born.
This special centenary bear, which is 39 inches tall and weighs 6.5kg, has been handmade using the same traditional skills and natural materials as Christopher Robin’s original Edward Bear all those years ago.
Featuring a rich, golden mohair coat and sandy-beige pure woollen felt paws, Giant Edward’s deep-set eyes, hand-embroidered nose and friendly smile, give him real quintessential English charm.
Originally created by Farnell in 1921, Edward Bear was brought to life again for the 2017 Goodbye Christopher Robin film.
Giant Edward is available to purchase from here.
Our original 18in Edward Bear is also available to buy throughout 2021, and will be sold with a complimentary gold-plated keyring that has been specially created to mark the character’s 100th birthday.
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