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Clockwork bear

Clockwork bear

  • Place of origin:

    Russia (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1950s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fabric covered metal mechanism

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 12

Many different types of mechanical bear were produced in Russia in the 1950s and 1960s. The museum's collection also features a balalaika playing example. The bear is a very important animal and symbol in Russia and proved a very popular toy. These toys were also exported in great quantities to Western Europe.

Physical description

A brown bear standing in an upright position holding a red plastic pot. The clockwork mechanism is completely hidden inside the bear and the winding key protrudes from the bear's back. The eyes are white plastic with black sideways glancing pupils and the nose is of black plastic. The mouth is open with the bottom part hinged and the interior painted red. The pot has the word Mea on it which is Russian for honey. When the key is wound, the bear lifts its arms and raises the pot.

Place of Origin

Russia (manufactured)


1950s (manufactured)



Materials and Techniques

Fabric covered metal mechanism


Height: 20 cm

Descriptive line

Nylon plush covered metal clockwork bear made in Russia in the 1950s


Nylon plush; Metal; Plastic


Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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