THE SUMMER MICE


In 2009, we introduced a delightful new series called The Mouse Seasons Collection based on the charming art of illustrator Racey Helps. "Annamarie & Fritz" - the Winter Mice - were the first pieces in the series. Now, we are happy to announce the addition of the Summer Mice - "Ida & Tom" - to the collection!

Measuring a wee 3" tall and jointed at the neck and shoulders, both of these charming mouse characters are made entirely of fine mohair plush with realistic shading, resin hands and feet, glass pupil eyes, inset whiskers, and leather tails.

Ida is the first russet-colored mouse from R. John Wright. She is based on a whimsical watercolor illustration by famed animal artist, Racey Helps. Ida is costumed in a simple summer frock made of fine cotton batiste and she comes seated in her wooden swing which hangs from the stem of a beautiful Shasta daisy! This delightful tableau setting includes additional daisies mixed with bright yellow buttercup flowers and leaves all handmade of felt - artistically shaded and mounted on a felt-covered wooden base. The entire piece measures 9" tall X 9" wide.

Ida's summertime pal, Tom, is a dark brown mouse wearing a jacket made of green checkered cotton fabric with a muslin collar and a silk bow. Over one ear, Tom wears a molded felt "button beanie" decorated with tiny multi-colored buttons. These caps became popular in the 30's and 40's when kids would re-purpose their Dads' old fedoras by flipping them inside out, turning up the brim, and trimming the excess into pointy scallops. The beanies were then decorated with colorful bottle caps, trinkets, or buttons. Tom comes ready for summertime play with his own custom-made all-wood hoop and stick game! A built-in metal stand provides easy display of this delightful mouse character.

Ida will be produced in an edition of 250 pieces worldwide. Tom will be limited to only 150 pieces. The first 100 pieces in both editions will be sold as matched number sets. Each mouse will come enclosed in a deluxe R. John Wright presentation box with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and the forms for owner registration. The Summer Mice will be available through all authorized R. John Wright Retailers.

Did you know? - The wooden seat of Ida's swing was steamed to achieve a weathered, warped shape!


DIRECT PURCHASE: The Summer Mice are also available directly from the RJW COMPANY STORE. The purchase price includes shipping & insurance in the domestic United States. [For overseas shipping rates, please contact the RJW office.]

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You may also place your order request via phone: 1-802-447-7072.