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Teddy bear

Teddy bear

  • Place of origin:

    Ironbridge (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930-1935 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Merrythought Limited (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stitched linen, wool and mohair plush with wood wool (excelsior) stuffing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Teddy bear of pale very worn golden mohair plush with linen feet and paw pads. The nose and mouth are stitched with black wool some of which is missing. The eyes are orange and black glass on wire shanks. The head and limbs are jointed. There are remnants of black stitched claws best preserved on the feet but almost entirely missing from the paws. There is a label stitched to the right foot and a celluloid button attached to the back just behind the left arm. The stuffing is wood wool and there is an squeaker type voice box (non functioning) within the body.

Place of Origin

Ironbridge (manufactured)


1930-1935 (manufactured)


Merrythought Limited (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Stitched linen, wool and mohair plush with wood wool (excelsior) stuffing

Marks and inscriptions

Hygienic Toys

Made in England
Label; English; Sole of right foot


Height: 39.4 cm, Width: 21.2 cm, Depth: 11 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: The bear is an example of Merrythought's Magnet range of teddy bears which were the earliest the company manufactured.

Descriptive line

Mohair plush teddy bear made in England by Merrythought in the early 1930s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Axe, John, The Magic of Merrythought, Cumberland, Maryland: Hobby House Press, Inc., 1986

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Mohair; Linen; Wool; Excelsior


Stitching; Stuffing


Soft toys; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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