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Teddy bear

Teddy bear

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1925 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gerbruder Sussenguth (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mohair plush, wool felt, glass, wood, composition, plaster

  • Museum number:

    B.15-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Sussenguth company produced a range of dolls and toys between 1925 and 1928 but is best known for their series of Peter bears. These bears are unusual in that they have open mouths and movable eyes and tongue. The reusulting appearance is quite frightening and the bear did not prove to be very successful. In 1974, a hundred Peter bears were discovered in a closed-down store in East Germany and later brought to England to be sold. They had never been bought and so were in mint condition.

Physical description

A mohair plush bear. The head is made from card pressed into shape and then stapled together. The plush is glued on with tan felt pieces used to cover the paws. The bear is jointed at the neck and limbs. The face has moveable glass eyes, an open mouth with a moveable pink tongue and wooden teeth painted white with pink gums.

Place of Origin

Germany (manufactured)

Date

1925 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Gerbruder Sussenguth (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Mohair plush, wool felt, glass, wood, composition, plaster

Dimensions

Length: 35 cm Overall length, Width: 20 cm across back including arms, Depth: 10.5 cm

Descriptive line

A Peter teddy bear made in Germany by Gerbruder Sussenguth in about 1925.

Materials

Felt; Plush; Glass; Wood

Techniques

Felting; Stitching

Categories

Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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