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Soft toy - Peggy


  • Object:

    Soft toy

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1950s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Margarete Steiff GmbH (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mohair, felt and glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This penguin was made by the German company Steiff in the 1950s. Steiff was founded in 1877 by Margarete Steiff. Richard, one of her nephews, designed the first jointed teddy bear in 1902. This design was perfected in 1905. The company became the leading exporter of bears from Germany with Britain and the USA its biggest customers. Today, the company still maintains links with the Steiff family.

Steiff introduced their first penguin, King Peng, in the 1920s after Admiral Byrd's expedition to the South Pole in the 1920s made the headlines worldwide. Many different characters, based on Byrd's adventures, soon filled the toy shops. This penguin is called Peggy, and is a long time favourite. Steiff also introduced other animals who live in or around water to their production line, such as seals and frogs.

Physical description

Cream and green stuffed mohair with a black edging and yellow front. The beak is made of felt and is stitched along the top. It is predominately red with a yellow strip either side. Its eyes are glass and are orange with a black pupil. The feet are made of brown faux leather and are stitched along the edges. The feet are also flat so that it can stand up. The penguins head is on a swivel allowing it to turn from left to right. Its head is mainly black with the cream body coming up from around the chin.

Place of Origin

Germany (manufactured)


1950s (manufactured)


Margarete Steiff GmbH (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Mohair, felt and glass

Marks and inscriptions

On a metal badge under the wing


Height: 32 cm, Width: 18 cm

Descriptive line

Soft toy, penguin, mohair, felt and glass, 'Peggy', made by Margarete Steiff GmbH, Germany, 1950s.


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys


Museum of Childhood

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