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Wilfred

  • Object:

    Pull-along toy

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1927 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    J K Farnell & Co Ltd (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mohair, wood, metal, glass, kapok, celluloid

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss J. Branch

  • Museum number:

    MISC.80-1989

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 5 []

Physical description

Soft toy rabbit in upright lugging position, of golden coloured mohair plush with white mohair plush stomach. It has painted upper paws with an inner wire armature, and long upright ears. It has small glass eyes and an embroidered red mouth and nose. It is stuffed with wood wool. The rabbit is tied to a wire frame which has four solid wooden wheels. A length of coloured plaited cord is attached to the front of the frame for pulling the toy along. He has tied to the neck a circular card printed with the maker's logo.

With the rabbit is a handmade coat made from red fabric, with black fur trimmed collar and cuffs. The coat has snap fastenings and decorative oval buttons, which are of metal with an orange patterned celluloid coating.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1927 (made)

Artist/maker

J K Farnell & Co Ltd (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Mohair, wood, metal, glass, kapok, celluloid

Marks and inscriptions

Printed on a circular card tied to the rabbit's neck is the trademark Alpha Make on one side and Made in 'Wilfred', England on the other side.

Dimensions

Height: 12 in rabbit with frame, Length: 8 in frame with wheels, Width: 5/4 in frame with wheels

Object history note

Given by Miss J.Branch in 1927 [89/137]

Historical context note

This rabbit was a character from a popular newspaper comic strip of the time of World War I. He had two companions called Pip (a dog) and Squeak (a penguin). They featured in the Daily Mirror newspaper. The characters were named by the cartoon illustrator, Austin B. Payne, after his wartime batman (servant) whose nickname was 'Pip-Squeak'. Bizarrely, a series of British war medals at the time gained the same cartoon character nicknames. Coaster toys such as these were typical of the 1920s.

Descriptive line

Pull-along soft toy rabbit with coat; 'Wilfrid', mohair, metal and cloth; English, J K Farnell Ltd., ca. 1927

Labels and date

This rabbit was a chatacter from a popular newspaper comic strip of the time. He had two companions called Pip (a dog) and Squeak (a penguin). He sits on his pull-along wheels. []

Materials

Mohair; Metal; Cord (fiber product); Glass; Wood; Kapok; Celluloid

Techniques

Hand sewing; Turning; Metalcutting; Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Subject; Rabbits

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Toys & Games; Caricatures & Cartoons

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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