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Soft toy - Woppit

Woppit

  • Object:

    Soft toy

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1956 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Merrythought Limited (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stitched and stuffed textile

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Susan Day

  • Museum number:

    B.109-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The original Woppit was a bear-like character that featured in the children’s comic Robin in the 1950s. In 1956, the British soft toy manufacturer, Merrythought, produced three Robin characters as toys, including Woppit. This character became famous because one was given to Sir Donald Campbell, the land and water speed record holder, who used it as his mascot. He called it Mr Whoppit and it famously survived his fatal crash on Coniston Water, Cumbria, in 1967.

Physical description

An unjointed light brown bear-like soft toy in a standing position with raised arms. The body is long and the legs very short.The feet and inner ears are covered with blue felt and the figure wears a red felt jacket with a small faux pocket on the proper right upper chest and is fastened with two white plastic buttons. The pointed nose and smiling mouth are made of black wool and the glass eyes are orange with black pupils. There is a beige coloured label sewn onto the underside of the proper left foot.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)

Date

1956 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Merrythought Limited (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Stitched and stuffed textile

Marks and inscriptions

MERRYTHOUGHT
IRONBRIDGE SHROPS.
MADE IN ENGLAND
on label

Dimensions

Height: 23 cm

Descriptive line

Soft toy, Woppit, made in England by Merrythought in 1956

Materials

Mohair; Felt; Wool; Glass; Plastic

Techniques

Stitching; Stuffing

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Caricatures & Cartoons

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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