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Teddy bear

Teddy bear

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1935 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Merrythought Limited (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stuffed and sewn mohair plush

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Badham

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Merrythought is a British soft toy company based in Ironbridge in Shropshire. The company made this bear during its early years of production. The teddy has a very traditional shape, with velvet-covered paw pads and a hand-stitched nose and mouth. Black glittery buttons have replaced the original glass eyes. There is a voicebox or 'growler' in the bear's tummy but it no longer works. The light colour of the fur, or mohair, is unusual as most bears of this date would have been brown. The teddy is dressed in a cotton suit decorated with pictures of North American totem poles.

Physical description

White mohair plush fully jointed teddy bear with velvet paw pads, glass eyes and a wool stitched nose and mouth. It is dressed in a cotton print suit with totem pole decoration.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


ca. 1935 (manufactured)


Merrythought Limited (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Stuffed and sewn mohair plush


Height: 38 cm

Descriptive line

Mohair plush teddy bear made in England by Merrythought about 1935

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail






Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Textiles

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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