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Teddy bear - Geoffrey


  • Object:

    Teddy bear

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1955 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chad Valley Company Limited (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mohair plush, stuffed with kapok; rexine

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs M. Wrist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Chad Valley teddy bears have very distinctive noses that make them easy to recognise. These are usually stitched quite heavily and resemble lumps of coal. Chad Valley was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1938. This appears on the label on the bear's left foot. It says Toymaker to the Queen Mother, which means the bear was made after Elizabeth II became queen in 1952. Her mother granted the Royal Warrant.

Physical description

Shaggy pale brown mohair plush fully jointed teddy bear, with brown coated linen (rexine) paws. The eyes are glass and the nose and mouth stitched with brown wool. The muzzle is pronounced, the nose and mouth embroidered with black thread. The bear is stuffed with kapok. There is a growler mechanism inside the body which sounds when the bear is turned over. There is a cream woven label printed with blue lettering sewn on the underside of the left foot.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


ca. 1955 (manufactured)


Chad Valley Company Limited (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Mohair plush, stuffed with kapok; rexine


Height: 40.6 cm

Object history note

Given to the Museum in 1988 by Mrs M. Wrist, the self-titled 'Teddy Lady of Kingston' [87/1567]. Mrs Wrist had a collection of around seventy teddy bears. She presented the Museum with four bears from her collection which she felt were missing from ours (MISC.123 to 126-1988).

Descriptive line

Mohair plush teddy bear called Geoffrey, made in England by Chad Valley in about 1955


Mohair; Kapok; Rexine

Subjects depicted

Teddy bears


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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