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Teddy bear 'Trippie' - Trippie


  • Object:

    Teddy bear 'Trippie'

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1906 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stuffed and sewn cloth and sewn cotton.

  • 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. Drawings by the children tell us that this bear is called Trippie.

Physical description

A teddy bear made of brown Yorkshire cloth with felt pads. Black beads eyes and black embroidered features. It is dressed in a pale blue satin cotton suit with a white linen top and a lace collar attached to the jacket.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1906 (made)


Unknown (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Stuffed and sewn cloth and sewn cotton.


Height: 25.5 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 and teddy bears that were very popular at that time, Ben was treated like a member of the family.

Descriptive line

'Trippie'in blue suit; Cloth, German, c1906


Cloth; Felt; Beads; Cotton satin; Linen; Lace


Stuffing; Hand sewing; Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Teddy bears


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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