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Teddy bear - Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear

  • Object:

    Teddy bear

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1906 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stuffed woollen cloths, sewn satin and velvet, embroidery.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Maud Evelyn Cattley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bear 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. These would have been among the first available bears in England. 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

Teddy bear made of dark brown woollen cloth with dark black bead eyes, black button type nose and a red embroidered mouth. It is dressed in a green velvet suit, a ribbed satin collar attached to the jacket and a vest with brass buttons.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1906 (made)


Unknown (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Stuffed woollen cloths, sewn satin and velvet, embroidery.


Height: 23 cm whole object

Object history note

Given by Mrs. Maud Evelyn Cattley. This teddy bear belonged to her children, who also made their own elephant soft toy called 'Pumpie'. Together with their other soft toys it was treated like a member of the family.

Descriptive line

in green velvet suit; Cloth, German, c1906


Cloth; Wool; Satin; Material; Velvet; Material; Cotton; Material


Stuffing; Embroidery; Hand sewing

Subjects depicted

Teddy bears


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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