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Monkey hand puppet

Monkey hand puppet

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    J K Farnell & Co Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sewn mohair plush and felt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Ian Baker

  • Museum number:

    B.26-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

J K Farnell is credited with producing the first British teddy bear in 1906. The company had been in existence since the mid-nineteenth century and was already making soft toys. It quickly established itself as one of the leading manufacturers. Farnell used the trademark Alpha. Its factory was destroyed twice, once by fire in 1934 and once by bombing in 1940. It survived both these disasters but eventually ceased trading in the 1960s.

As well as teddy bears Farnell made soft toys and cloth dolls. It produced some puppets and this monkey is an unusual example because it has all four limbs rather than the more usual two, and would have been quite hard to manipulate.

Physical description

Light brown mohair plush monkey hand puppet with all four limbs. The extremities of the limbs are of beige felt as is the face and ears. The chin area is of a paler mohair, white or pink. There are two glass eyes, orange with black pupils. There is a tail sewn into the lower back area. The bottom of the puppet is open for the insertion of a hand.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)

Date

1930s (manufactured)

Artist/maker

J K Farnell & Co Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Sewn mohair plush and felt

Marks and inscriptions

FARNELL'S
ALPHA TOYS
MADE IN ENGLAND
On label sewn to lower back edge

Dimensions

Height: 26 cm

Descriptive line

Mohair plush monkey puppet made in England by J K Farnell in the 1930s

Materials

Plush; Felt

Techniques

Sewing

Categories

Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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