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Teddy bear

Teddy bear

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1904 -1905 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Margarete Steiff GmbH (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mohair plush exterior stuffed with excelsior (wood wool) and kapok

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Penelope Hawkes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Beige (slightly gingery) mohair plush fully jointed humped back teddy bear with beige felt paw and feet pads. The arms are long and slender, the legs have plump thighs, slim ankles and narrow feet. The paws and feet have each got five black wool stitched claws. The nose is vertically stitched in black wool with the central five stitches dropped to meet the mouth which is an inverted V shape. The ears are small and placed on the side of the head with the upper edges aligned with the head seams. The eyes are black boot buttons. The stuffing in the head is wood wool and that of the body and limbs is a mixture of wood wool and kapok. There appears to be some sort of voicebox in the lower body. There is a blank metal button in the left ear.

Place of Origin

Germany (manufactured)


1904 -1905 (manufactured)


Margarete Steiff GmbH (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Mohair plush exterior stuffed with excelsior (wood wool) and kapok


Height: 40 cm

Object history note

The bear belonged to Professor C F C Hawkes, brother of the donor, who was born in 1905

Historical significance: Steiff blank button teddy bears were only made in 1904 and 1905. Before then there was an elephant embossed on the button and afterwards the name Steiff in various different lettering.

Descriptive line

Mohair plush teddy bear made in Germany by Steiff in 1904 or 1905

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Mohair; Wool; Excelsior; Kapok


Stitching; Hand stitching; Stuffing


Soft toys; Play

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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