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Kay Bojesen classic wooden toy bear

by Scandinavian mum

Kay Bojesen’s Bear is a classic wooden toy. The world famous Bojesen Bear was designed in 1952, a year after the also well known Monkey, by Danish designer Kay Bojesen.

When picking little A up from a friends house yesterday afternoon, I was told they had done some “bear surgery”. The patient was a wooden toy, apparently from my friends childhood back in the 60’s. I asked to have a look, and sure enough! Mr Bear had the Bojesen stamp on his foot. And what a little charmer! There were obvious signs from tear and wear but still in fairly good condition.

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Today Kay Bojesen’s Bear, still hand made in Denmark from oak, retails at leading design stores for around £115. Original Bojesen Bears from the 50s and 60s are highly collectable and in good condition would be worth considerable more.

This wonderful wooden bear is not only a piece of modern Danish design history, but with his moveable limbs and good natured expression becomes a true companion. Just the perfect first gift to any new born baby. And don’t leave it on display -he was created to be played with. Some wear and tear just ads to his charm!

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