(To be fair to Tim: he did suggest it should be done immediately after listing on Etsy - but frankly I was so exhausted by the effort needed to do the listing yesterday, that I decided today would be better late than never!)
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(He was purchased early by a lady from our village of Heytesbury for her daughter who still lives in British Columbia. It later transpired, as these things do in subsequent conversations, that not only did she know where on Vancouver Island our home was at that time, but also that I worked for her father's accountant in Victoria, during our sojourn on the Island!!)
His body is made separately with calico and stuffed with polyester fibre which meets all international safety standards. He has a waistcoat which is made with Red Felt, over a striped Brown and White waistcoat, which is not actually visible. Like all our Collectable Toys, this Country Gentleman is not made to be undressed, and is ideally suitable for children aged 3 years upwards. His riding trousers are made with white felt and his boots are made from Black Suede Glove quality Leather, with self-colour tassles as a turnover at his calf. His jacket is made with red felt. He has a white felt stock round his neck and his head paws and tail are made with chestnut brown plush furry material His tail is tipped with white plush furry material to distinguish him from the lady foxes.
This Country Gentleman Fox measures 17.5 inches (40.45 cms) from tip of ears to the sole of his boots, with a tail measuring 5 inches (10.03 cms). He weighs approximately 250g and is stuffed with polyester fibrefill meeting all international safety standards. This allows him to be treated as a Small Packet when travelling via the UK Royal Mail's standard parcel postal rate.
This Country Gentleman also has a companion - by name Beau Fox: allow me to introduce him here:
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(I've just remembered that one early Mr. Fox - dressed like our Country Gentleman (before ColdhamCuddlies became more than a hobby) sat on a bookcase in Peter's office. He was a Father's Day present one year, as he admitted he'd always envied our daughters their Foxes in Edmonton, Alberta and became a conversation piece when visitors came for meetings! Alas, he is no longer - having not survived our moves around the UK).
Beau measures 17.5 inches (40.45 cms) from the tip of his ears over his muzzle to the sole of his feet. His tail is 5 inches long (10.03 cms and he weighs approximately 250 g. This would allow him to travel as a standard Small Package via the Royal Mail International parcels system. He is stuffed with polyester fibrefill meeting all international safety standards and has plastic brown eyes fixed with a safety backing. His facial features have been applied with black double knitting yarn and his fluffy ears are lined with light fawn satin.
These Foxes usually take between 3-6 days to produce from pattern to final article, and Buyers should be aware that I no longer drive and am thus reliant on rural public transport in order to reach Royal Mail outlets capable of handling international packages. This I do on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays of most weeks - so in cases where deadlines are a factor, please take this fact into consideration when placing your orders.
As is my custom here, I'll be doing a blow-by-blow description of each Fox's construction, in later posts, but just to end with - and to rejoice in my having achieved what I did begin to think an impossibility - here is a final picture of both gentlemen, sharing the limelight together.
It's good to be back - and here's to the next time: soon. God Bless. Isobel