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Soft Toy

Soft Toy

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1906 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    stuffed woollen cloth with straw, embroidery, sewing.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Maud Evelyn Cattley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These rabbits belonged to the Cattley family who lived in Ealing, west London. The two boys, Gilbert and Donald, and three girls, Nellie, Constance and Maud, were all born between 1885 and 1892. Between them they owned a vast array of soft toys including nine teddy bears. The children were devoted to their toys. They made beautiful clothes for them, took them on holiday, photographed them and painted their portraits

Physical description

Rabbit soft toys made of white wollen cloth stuffed with white straw.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1906 (made)



Materials and Techniques

stuffed woollen cloth with straw, embroidery, sewing.

Object history note

Given by Mrs. Maud Evelyn Cattley. These soft rabbit toys belonged to her children, who also made their own elephant soft toy called 'Pumpie'. Together with their other soft toys and teddy bears that were very popular at that time, the rabbits were treated like a member of the family.

Descriptive line

Rabbit soft toy made of white woollen cloth, Germany, 1906c.


Wool; Cloth; Straw


Stuffing; Embroidery; Sewing

Subjects depicted



Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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