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Teddy bear - Rupert Bear

Rupert Bear

  • Object:

    Teddy bear

  • Place of origin:

    China (probably, manufactured)

  • Date:

    1990s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Boots UK Limited (distributor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stitched and stuffed polyester

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Audrey Davidson

  • Museum number:

    B.140:1, 2-2012

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Good Time Gallery, case 9 []

Rupert Bear first appeared in the Daily Express as a cartoon strip in 1920. Originally drawn by Mary Tourtel, he is probably best known through the illustrations of Alfred Bestall. Rupert has gone on to further fame as a television character as well as still appearing in book form.

Physical description

An unjointed toy bear with a white face, hands and feet. The body material suggests that it is dressed in a red long sleeved top and yellow checked trousers. There is a matching yellow checked scarf around the neck. The material varies - the head and hands are plush, the top and feet are flocked and the trousers and scarf are smooth. The toy is soft filled with beans in the arms, bottom and feet.
The eyes are black plastic and the nose and mouth embroidered in black thread. There is a label sewn into the seam between the top and the trousers on the back left-hand side. It is printed with the Boots logo and information about Rupert on one side, and the CE safety mark, the company's address and washing instructions on the other.

Place of Origin

China (probably, manufactured)


1990s (manufactured)


Boots UK Limited (distributor)

Materials and Techniques

Stitched and stuffed polyester


Height: 16.5 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Polyester Rupert Bear soft toy with scarf made for Boots probably in China in the 1990s




Stitching; Stuffing


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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