Mary Kelly Bears – Teddy Bear, History, Information

Mary Kelly is a teddy bear artist from Cape Town, South Africa and opened her own shop, Bear Basic shop in Simons Town in 1990, which she runs with her daughter and a close friend. They specialize in making old fashioned teddy bears based on traditional designs. They design and make all their own patterns. Typical Mary Kelly bears are made from a velour cotton upholstery fabric and imported acrylic golden fur pile and sometimes mohair. They’re available in different sizes, have movable joints, sewn through glass eyes, hand embroidered mouths and claws, and felt paw pads and noses.

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  1. Sandra Hughes 16 Apr, 2010

    Hi Mary & Co.
    hope you can help. Since visiting S.A. in 1990 we have often visited Simonstown and fell in love with your Teddy Bear shop. We had our first grandchildren, twins Tom and Chloe in 1996 and knew that 5 months later we would be expected another darling grandchild, Timothy, We were very lucky to be in S.A. in 1996 and bought each child a Basic Bear. When our fourth grandchild Matthew was born my sister-in-law, on request sent us a teddy. When our fifth grandchild arrived, Jessica, a friend of mine very kindly popped in whilst on holiday and purchased a beautiful little teddy for us. NOW!! we have the blessing of another darling little grandaughter Emillie, but alas we have no one who can get us a teddy for our Millie!!!
    Do you by any chance have a web site or a catalogue from which we can order one of your adorable bears.
    We really do hope so.
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards
    Sandra Hughes

  2. Sanette Gibson 2 Jul, 2011

    Dear Teddy Resource team and Sandra Hughes,

    Great to see that Bear Basics is mentioned here.
    I took over the shop in 1995.
    Unfortunately I have recently closed the shop, however I do still make to order and still have some resources for viewing.

    Please get in touch with any further queries.

    Kind regards,

  3. Erika Cropper 28 Oct, 2012

    Hello Sanette from Erika in the UK.
    Please get in touch with me asap (use this email)
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  4. john & Patricia Steppings 28 Jan, 2013

    To Sanette,

    Patricia & I are returning to SA after a too longer break.
    On our list to do was to visit our favour shop -BEAR BASICS – in Simonstown. We have many small bears which we have purchased over the past years.
    We plan to go to the station and buy another bear, but we are sad to see that the shop might have closed.
    Would you please let us know if we can get another bear to keep all our SA bears company.
    Would appricate you e mail us with a update.
    John & Patricia Steppings . Derbyshire UK

  5. Jeffrey Bartlett 30 Mar, 2014

    Hi. My name is Jeffrey. I have 2 17″ bears by mary kelly from the bear shop in simonstown. Very good condition. One dressed as sherlock holmes and the other like paddington bear. R500 each starting price. Email bartjeff12345(at) gmail(dot)com. Putting it on bidorbuy untill coming friday

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