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Re: William Shakesbear
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0455.  Thursday, 8 June 1995.
 
[Note: Many responses to the William Shakesbear query arrived both privately
and publicly.  Because I found them so charming, I've decided to post them all
to the members.  Enjoy.  --HMC]
 
(1)     From:   Kate Egerton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 6 Jun 1995 14:40:30 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Shakesbears (sort of...)
 
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        Date:   Tuesday, 6 Jun 1995 15:23:13 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0449 Q: William Shakesbear
 
(3)     From:   Michael Friedman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 06 Jun 1995 15:48:32 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0449  Q: William Shakesbear
 
(4)     From:   Terry Craig <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 06 Jun 1995 18:52:26 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Shakesbear
 
(5)     From:   Joanne Walen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 6 Jun 1995 22:01:45 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0449 Q: William Shakesbear
 
(6)     From:   Alice Kroman <
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        Date:   Tue, 6 Jun 1995 23:42:27 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   The search for Shakesbear
 
(7)     From:   Kate Egerton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Jun 1995 18:51:09 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Shakesbears - more
 
 
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From:           Kate Egerton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 6 Jun 1995 14:40:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Shakesbears (sort of...)
 
H'lo -
 
I'm not familiar with the specific company you mention, but in the course of my
collecting rambles (hunting down old quilts and other interesting textiles)
here in North Carolina, I've done business with a small, local business which
both sells vintage textiles and manufactures teddy bears dressed as, well,
everything. The bears are quite large (20"?) made of various (lovely) fabrics,
not plush.  I can't attest to the potential "Shakespeare-ness" (or price) of a
special order, but their workmanship looks pretty good.  Will run down name &
address if you like.
 
Kate Egerton

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From:           Wendy Adler <
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Date:           Tuesday, 6 Jun 1995 15:23:13 -0400
Subject: 6.0449 Q: William Shakesbear
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0449 Q: William Shakesbear
 
I feel quite fortunate to have said bear! It may be the best investment I
own.... re: toddler...the tag specifically says "Not recommended for children
under 3 years old." Note: The costume is nice, but not particularly intricate.
One could just get a nice bear and whip up the breeches, blouse, collar, and
hat onesself.
 
Wendy Adler
Felton  CA
 
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From:           Michael Friedman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 06 Jun 1995 15:48:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0449  Q: William Shakesbear
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0449  Q: William Shakesbear
 
I happen to own a William Shakesbear, which was given to me by my wife when we
first started going out.  He's a little worse for wear ten years later, having
sustained an attack from our spaniel Troilus (who once played Crab in a
production of *Two Gents*).  If the going price is $500, I could probably
persuaded to let Ole William go for $475  :-).
 
                                                        Michael Friedman
                                                        University of Scranton
 
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From:           Terry Craig <
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Date:           Tuesday, 06 Jun 1995 18:52:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Shakesbear
 
Hi, Fran and Hardy--
 
I'm afraid I don't have anything definite about the availability of Shakesbear,
but you might try the rec.collecting group on USENET. Another possibility is
the collectibles show on FX--it airs every day at noon and a friend of mine has
located all sorts of stuff there. You can even e-mail the folks at the show at

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 . I'll also check out a couple of other sources around
here and let you know if I come up with anything.
 
I have a Shakesbear (not for sale, sorry) and love him dearly. He's fondly
known as Budd (after the *Moonlighting* Shrew credits) and he occasionally
visits my Shakespeare classes to answer questions. He was bearnapped once by a
rambunctious class--I'll have to be even more careful now that I know his
market value.
 
Good luck--
Terry Craig

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From:           Joanne Walen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 6 Jun 1995 22:01:45 -0400
Subject: 6.0449 Q: William Shakesbear
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0449 Q: William Shakesbear
 
I think you might try the Tudor Guild store at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Every year I see there (I'm pretty sure) both a Wm. Shakesbear and Queen
Elizabear. I bought mine there about 5-6 years ago for $25-30. They would have
them if anyone would. The number is 503-482-0940. (Later) I called and they now
carry only a 5" costumed Shakesbear for $11.95. I tried Paddington Station, but
they don't have any. I'll be at the Festival June 21-24 and will look around.
There are a couple very good bookstores (one a children's) that might have
some, and a great children's toy store in Jacksonville that used to carry the
(almost) complete line of No. American bears.
 
No, my Shakebear is not for sale (even at $500), but I do have a friend who
owns both Will and the Queen; I'll ask if he's willing to part with them. Will
get back to you.
 
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From:           Alice Kroman <
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Date:           Tue, 6 Jun 1995 23:42:27 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        The search for Shakesbear
 
It just so happens that I used to work in a store a number of years ago which
carried your sought after bear.  It is one of a series of teddy bears fashioned
after celebrities.  As I recall there is also Lauren Bearcall and Humphrey
Beargart, well you get the idea.  At that time, maybe seven years ago, they
were all priced at around $350.  These really aren't "toys" but rare collection
items.  I suggest you try places that would carry collectible dolls.  I don't
suspect you will find them for much less than $500, if you find them at all.  I
think I last saw one at FAO Schwartz - Mr. Cook, I know you live near
Washington DC, and there is one located in Tysons Corner Mall - but even that
was a few years ago.
 
Good Luck and let me knows how it goes,
 
Alice Kroman

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From:           Kate Egerton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Jun 1995 18:51:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Shakesbears - more
 
H'lo -
 
More info - local folks are delighted at the idea of trying their hand at a
"Shakesbear" or two.  Ask for Beth Ross at _As Time Goes By_, 2514 University
Drive, Durham, NC 27707, phone (919) 419-1971.  Their bears are made from
vintage fabrics and are about the size of a chubby two year old child.  Beth
thought that this kind of custom order would run about $120. Anyone interested
should call her directly for more info. and details.
 
Kate Egerton

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