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Soft toy character figure - Noddy

Noddy

  • Object:

    Soft toy character figure

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1960-1968 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Merrythought Limited (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stuffed and stitched cotton

  • Museum number:

    B.140-1997

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 9

Noddy is the most popular character created by children's author Enid Blyton (1897-1968). The first book, Little Noddy Goes to Toyland, was published in 1949 and was followed by twenty-three further titles. It has been estimated that 200 million Noddy books have been sold worldwide. Noddy has become a huge industry, spawning not only books and television series, but every conceivable item of merchadise from toys to duvet covers.

Physical description

Stuffed cotton doll figure with red and yellow shoes which have pale blue ribbon laces; blue felt shorts; red velvet jacket; red spotted neckerchief; pale blue pointed hat with bell. The face is velvet with painted eyes and mouth.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)

Date

1960-1968 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Merrythought Limited (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Stuffed and stitched cotton

Marks and inscriptions

sewn label to left foot:- MERRYTHOUGHT, IRONBRIDGE, SHROPS
MADE IN ENGLAND REGd DESIGN

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 cm, Width: 15 cm, Depth: 10 cm

Object history note

References: The Magic of Merrythought, by John Axe, p.147
Enid Blyton

Belonged to the donor, Josephine Higgins, born 25/04/1962.

Descriptive line

Soft toy character figure of Noddy made in England by Merrythought Ltd in the 1960s

Production Note

england

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Cotton; Velvet; Felt

Techniques

Stuffing; Stitching

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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