This replica of our circa 1910 original Billy Possum is made of aged and hand-plucked, old gold mohair with a dusky pink stitched nose and mouth. Filled with polyfibre and slightly weighted with plastic pellets, he has aged felt ears and a mohair tail.
Opossums were made in the early 1900s by several American toy companies, as well as Steiff, after William Taft was elected president and his fondness for the opossum was noted. At the time it was surmised that the opossum would be the next ‘Teddy Bear’. Ian bought the original from an auction in 2016 and he was the inspiration behind Billy P.