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  • Object:

    Teddy bear

  • Place of origin:

    Chesham (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chiltern Toys (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stitched mohair stuffed with kapok, with velvet paws and footpads, and embroidered nose and claws

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sheila White

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Chiltern Toys first started making teddy bears in 1915, starting with the Master Teddy. Hugmee bears, featuring jointed arms and legs, glass eyes and embroidered noses, were introduced in 1923. They were produced until the 1960s, with slight changes introduced post-war due mainly to fabric shortages. The original factory was based in Chesham, at the base of the Chiltern Hills, from where the company got its name.

This example is from the 1930s and was bought for the donor from the now closed Holborn department store Gamages, famous for its unparallelled stock of toys.

Physical description

Golden-coloured mohair fur teddy bear; long muzzle with elongated upward stitches on outside edges of nose, clear and black glass eyes, large thighs which taper at ankles and long curved arms. with spoon-shaped paws.

Place of Origin

Chesham (manufactured)


1930s (manufactured)


Chiltern Toys (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Stitched mohair stuffed with kapok, with velvet paws and footpads, and embroidered nose and claws


height: 25 cm when in sitting position, width: 23 cm, depth: 14.5 cm

Object history note

This teddy was bought for the donor when she was 3 years old in 1937, at Gamages department store, Holborn, London.

Descriptive line

1930s Chiltern Hugmee teddy bear with golden-coloured mohair fur and jointed legs, arms and head.


Mohair; Kapok; Velvet; Yarn; Glass


Stitching; Embroidery; Stuffing

Subjects depicted

Soft toys; Teddy bears


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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