Fox's Glacier Mints date back to 1918 when they were 'developed by Eric Fox; one of the founders of the Fox's Confectionery business'. Fox's launched the translucent, boiled mints from their factory in Braunstone, Leicester, in 1922.
'Since 1922 the mints have been sold with the Peppy the polar bear icon, typically depicted as though standing on one of the mints'. Reported to have held a competition for workers to come up with a name and logo for the mints, Fox's awarded a factory worker £5 for their suggestion of 'calling them glacier mints and having a crouching polar bear on the packaging'...'Managers then commissioned a taxidermist to find a polar bear and stuff it to look like the winning design'.
Peppy, documented as having been shot dead in the 1920s, was displayed in the original factory and is reported to have been used for publicity around the country. 'When the company was taken over by Rowntrees in the 1960s Peppy and four other bears used in promotions across the country were no longer required'.
'Big Bear Limited' took over Fox's in 2003, where Peppy was re-discovered. But the brand manager of 'Big Bear Limited' is reported to have refused to put Peppy back on display because it was "feared" and considered "gory", so they donated it to a museum where it has taken 6 years to restore.
'Glazed' is a visual pun that plays on the glassy surface of the glacier, which, unlike polar bears which face extinction due to melting ice caps, 'Glazed', like the taxidermy Peppy, shares an eternal, fixed and lifeless expression.
Dimensions: H 86cm W 27cm D 19cm
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage 'Fox's Glacier Mints' Tin,
Vintage Jelly Moulds,
5 x E10 LED Cabachon Lamps,
1 x 18W 24V LED Transformer
Tough Plug fitted with a 13 Amp Fuse,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
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