In the 1970s, Robert Raikes created some of his first dolls at a customer's request. His dolls had wooden faces with cloth bodies filled with sawdust.Raikes bears were unique and distinctive, combining his hand-carved wooden faces with mohair bodies, giving customers something entirely new during an era when teddy bears were really rising in popularity. After receiving such critical acclaim, Raikes approached the company Applause to see if they would license his product. Raikes and Applause came to terms in 1985, and worked together for several years. At the start of the'90s, Raikes dissolved this partnership and took back full ownership of his bears, seeking to return quality and consistency to his bears and committing to keeping edition numbers low. This limited number of bears being released only served to make Raikes bears more popular and sought-after, creating the market there is today for these collectible and rare teddy bears. This Amelia Raikes Bear has a relatively low number of 2,122 out of 10,000. She is New-In-Box with the COA and all accompanying paperwork.
Both the Bear and the box are in mint condition. She sits at about 12 tall.