by Ed Plants
(Tryon, NC USA)
This bear is approximately 10 in. tall, including hat. She's wearing a white lace dress with green neck trim & a red waist trim. She has a "pearl" necklace and a bow with one "pearl" under her chin. Her square nose appears to be stitching. In her left hand, she is holding a present wrapped in green foil paper with a gold string tied around it. There is a white rose under the green trim. She has pearl earrings and black round eyes. Her basket weave style hat is trimmed with white lace and a green ribbon with a white rose on the top back side. And finally, on the front of her hat are 3 red bows, each with a pearl holding them on. 1 bow above each ear & the 3rd one centered. She is tan in color and the bottom of her feet feel felt-like with black stitches dividing the toes. I'm pretty sure my 1st wife & I picked this up in the late 80's or early 90's. My wife passed away early 2014 and I've since moved twice. Originally we lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Amish country) after retiring from the USAF in 1998. It's possible that we may have picked up the bear then, so from '98 to early 2000"s possibly. Four years after her passing, I met another beautiful woman. I ended up moving in with her in Elysburg, PA. (Home of Knoebel's Amusement Park) A few months later, we decided to get married. Since she had lost her husband to death, we shared that pain together which helped us bond tighter. Changes to her job came about and put her position in jeopardy with the rearrangement. That's when we decided to move to western NC. Home of the Biltmore estate, where she is now employed. We DID have to go back to PA to have the wedding we planned before finally moving into the beautiful house we bought in Tryon, home of the Toy Horse, Morris and one of the quaintest towns you'll ever visit. So, that's my story. I'm hoping there's someone out there that can identify this lovely bear for me. Thank you all in advance for reading my story.
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