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Soft toy - Happy


  • Object:

    Soft toy

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1954 -1955 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Merrythought Limited (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, cloth, felt and metal

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Merrythought made its first teddy bear in 1930. The company employed key staff who formerly worked for Chad Valley and Farnell. It quickly established itself as one of the leading teddy manufacturers. As well as bears, Merrythought produced many different examples of soft toy animals including an extensive range of character toys. From 1954 to 1980 Merrythought made Walt Disney animals and toys based on characters from animated films.

Physical description

The manufactured soft toy is Happy from the Snow White and the Seven dwarfs. The toy has a pressed felt mask face with painted blue eyes, white eyebrows and with black eyelashes and wrinkle lines. The toy has a red nose and lips. His smiling face is framed a long white beard and a detachable green hat. Happy is a stuffed toy with a cloth torso and light brown trousers. He is dressed in a short-sleeve dark brown shirt with two felted pockets sewn on. The oversized shirt is belted at the waist with a dark green band. He wears green felted slippers.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1954 -1955 (manufactured)


Merrythought Limited (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, cloth, felt and metal

Marks and inscriptions

written on the front right side of torso in pen


Made in England
cloth label located on right foot


Length: 24 cm, Width: 9.7 cm from waist, Depth: 7 cm from head

Descriptive line

Soft toy figure of Happy made in England by Merrythought Hygenic Toys in 1954 or 1955.


Cloth; Cotton (textile); Felt; Metal


Stitching; Moulded; Felting


Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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