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  • Place of origin:

    Marlborough (designed and made)

  • Date:

    1963 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pelham Puppets Ltd (designer and maker)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Penny Kelly and Thomas Witham-Kelly

  • Museum number:

    B.248:1 to 3-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Pelham Puppets was a hugely popular British toy making company set up in 1947 by Bob Pelham in Malborough, Wiltshire. From 1947 to the closure of the business in 1993 they made thousands of different characters and ranges of puppets for children including hand and marionette varieties.

Pelham puppets used simple construction methods, materials and influences that reflected the decades in which they were made. Pelham puppets often took influence from popular fairy tales and stories for their puppets. This particular puppet depicts a baby bear, probably related to Goldilocks and the three bears.

Place of Origin

Marlborough (designed and made)


1963 (designed and made)


Pelham Puppets Ltd (designer and maker)


Height: 7.2 cm, Length: 32.8 cm, Width: 10.4 cm

Descriptive line

Baby bear puppet marionette made by Pelham Puppets Ltd., complete with original coloured box, ca.1963.


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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