Rare Excellent Condition Billy Bluegum Koala 5-way Jointed 1940s. Imperfections include fur worn feet, right paw loose, fur worn on ear tips, fur worn bottom of left ear, fur worn at top of left leg, Kangaroo fur hide is otherwise in excellent used condition. Has all four gutta percha / rubber claws, which are the geniune Billy Bluegum three plus two-digit spaced claws on the arms. Has gutta percha / rubber nose.
Leg joints in working order. In 1930, Bill Bleeck registered his design and the term "Billy Bluegum", as noted on a green gumleaf shape around each toy's neck. Ughter Noela loved hers for many years.
Believing the toys were still not accurate replicas, by 1932 Bill had produced an improved model. This had a turning head and bolted joint moveable limbs, plus exact black rubber casts of the real koala nose and three plus two-digit spaced claws.
A joey-sized form was 11 inches. At Christmas 1932, in Sydney stores Billy Bluegums outsold Japanese-made teddies. Local popularity grew again after the war with many thousands of children loving'the most cuddlesome gift of all' to death.Design rights expired in 1954 and production ceased. Today few Billy Bluegums in various states exist out of museums and private collections. For the genuine vintage fur toy, look for the five-digit rubber claws! If it doesn't look like a koala in some way, then it's not the original article but a teddy bear.
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