Button eyed and cute as a bug--except he's a dog. A Pekingese dog. He's in wonderful condition for his 40 plus years (made in Japan--like Barbie originally was. Not China). He's a bit matted here and there but I've combed him (or is it a her?) out to show off a long, flowing coat. The tag says, 'Dakin' and says 'Made In Japan', which places him from the mid 1960s to the late 70s. Here's an interesting bit of info about the Dakin Company, via Wikipedia:
"Dakin--founded by Richard Y. Dakin--began as a family business in 1955, importing expensive handcrafted shotguns from Italy and Spain.
His son Roger B. joined the firm in 1957 and began to diversify--importing bicycles, wooden products, sail boats, and toys. In a shipment of battery operated trains from Japan were SIX VELVETEEN STUFFED ANIMALS, often used by exporters in the Far East as packing material.
Roger ordered a few of the stuffed animals into Dakin's stock They were an instant sales success. Dakin began to design stuffed animals at their USA Headquarters. Thus began Dakin's "official" launch into the stuffed toy business."
So, there you have it. An accidental bit of packaging became an international toy success--and here is our little Pekingese to prove it.
He's 11" long, 6" wide and about 5" tall from head to foot--not taking into consideration the hair that sticks up on his little head. He has no ribbons or bows--if he ever had them, but I suspect he did. He's in lovely shape; a bit of matted hair here and there; but no rips or odors. My granddaughter prefers her 'stuffies' (stuffed animals) over her dolls any day. I suspect someone just might like to have this fella in their stuffie collection.
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