The Collectible Bears and Dolls shown below, hand carved by Robert Raikes, are now offered for sale. These are in mint condition and are very collectible and well-loved by those who collect them.
Robert Raikes first carved wooden sculptures. He also created furniture and beautiful carousel horses. In the mid-seventies he started to produce dolls. They were hand carved, made of wood, with sawdust filled bodies.
In the 1980's, because bears had become very popular, Robert Raikes started using his wood carving talents to make one that was different from those that were already being offered. He carved the faces and the feet out of wood. His wife worked alongside him, making the bodies and sewing the clothing. These were very popular. He sold bears for a few years and then, in 1985, he really entered this market with the Applause Company. In 1990, he took back the control of his bears as he wished to keep the quality high and wanted a lower edition number.
I understand that the company is now run by the Raikes Family. They are hand carved by Robert Raikes and samples are then sent to China to be hand carved and produced. My understanding is that these are sold in gift shops, also QVC, although I did not find any in my searches online. They are available in second hand venues and on eBay.
The collectible items shown below were purchased from the estate sale of a lady who formerly lived in California. Since the time of purchase, to the time of the estate sale, they were packed away with the myriad of beautiful dolls she collected. We do not have many of these wonderful wood carved animals and dolls but, perhaps you will find a treasure for yourself or as a gift for someone special.
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