Pumpie

Soft Toy
ca. 1900 (made)
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On display at V&A Museum of Childhood
Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The toy is handmade from grey felt and is stuffed with a combination of very fine wood shavings and pieces of cork. The head and hind-feet are very worn and faded to a light grey, although the original blue-grey colour is preserved beneath the clothing. There are general signs of old insect damage. The proper right side of the head and the trunk have been extensively darned with wool, there is cotton darning on the proper left. The proper right ear is a triangle of grey felt, the proper left ear is almost completely lost. It has yellow and black plastic eyes - the proper right being much damaged. Pumpie is set in a seated position, the fore-part of the front legs are replacements made from fine grey leather, the remains of decorative stitching suggests that the leather was probably sourced from a glove. The trunk is made from rolled-up felt. Lines of heavy stitching along Pumpie's back show that the toy was stuffed from the rear. Concealed beneath the clothing is a long tail.

Pumpie is dressed as a ship's officer in a dark blue woollen jacket, decorated with many brass buttons, and matching trousers. The shirtsleeves are separate from the rest of the shirt and are stitched inside the jacket's sleeves. The matching waistcoat is rear-fastening along its white cotton back, it is decorated with small lingerie buttons. The white cotton shirt also fastens from the rear, and has an attached black necktie made with a satin ribbon. Beneath the shirt is a rear-fastening cream woollen vest. The trousers are cut so they remain in a seated position, they fasten on two small ceramic buttons.

Pumpie has other outfits, including a kilt and a green velvet jacket.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 8 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Soft Toy
  • Elephant
  • Jacket
  • Trousers
  • Dress
  • Kilt
  • Jacket
  • Jacket
  • Waistcoat
Materials and Techniques
Felt, wood, wool, brass, cotton, ribbon, plastic and leather.
Brief Description
Elephant soft toy made of grey felt, dressed as a sailor in a smart, dark blue, woollen jacket and matching trousers, England, ca. 1900, with additional outfits
Physical Description
The toy is handmade from grey felt and is stuffed with a combination of very fine wood shavings and pieces of cork. The head and hind-feet are very worn and faded to a light grey, although the original blue-grey colour is preserved beneath the clothing. There are general signs of old insect damage. The proper right side of the head and the trunk have been extensively darned with wool, there is cotton darning on the proper left. The proper right ear is a triangle of grey felt, the proper left ear is almost completely lost. It has yellow and black plastic eyes - the proper right being much damaged. Pumpie is set in a seated position, the fore-part of the front legs are replacements made from fine grey leather, the remains of decorative stitching suggests that the leather was probably sourced from a glove. The trunk is made from rolled-up felt. Lines of heavy stitching along Pumpie's back show that the toy was stuffed from the rear. Concealed beneath the clothing is a long tail.



Pumpie is dressed as a ship's officer in a dark blue woollen jacket, decorated with many brass buttons, and matching trousers. The shirtsleeves are separate from the rest of the shirt and are stitched inside the jacket's sleeves. The matching waistcoat is rear-fastening along its white cotton back, it is decorated with small lingerie buttons. The white cotton shirt also fastens from the rear, and has an attached black necktie made with a satin ribbon. Beneath the shirt is a rear-fastening cream woollen vest. The trousers are cut so they remain in a seated position, they fasten on two small ceramic buttons.



Pumpie has other outfits, including a kilt and a green velvet jacket.

Dimensions
  • Whole object height: 25.5cm
  • Width: 11.5cm
  • Depth: 19cm
Production typeUnique
Credit line
Given by Mrs. Maud Evelyn Cattley
Object history
Pumpie was hand made by the children of the Cattley family who lived in Ealing, West London in the early 20th century. Soft toy elephants were very popular at this time and Pumpie was probably copied from existing examples made by companies such as Steiff. The Cattley children made all Pumpie’s clothes themselves. Together with their other soft toys and teddy bears, Pumpie was treated like a member of the family.
Subjects depicted
Associated Object
MISC.57-1979 (Depiction)
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.58-1979

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record createdJuly 1, 2009
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