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teddy bear

  • Object:

    Teddy bear

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (probably, manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1906 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stuffed and sewn mohair plush and sewn silk and lace

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Maud Evelyn Cattley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bear belonged to the Cattley family who lived in Ealing, west London. The two boys, Gilbert and Donald, and three girls, Nellie, Constance and Maud, were all born between 1885 and 1892. Between them they owned a vast array of soft toys including nine teddy bears. These would have been among the first available bears in England. The children were devoted to their toys. They made beautiful clothes for them, took them on holiday, photographed them and painted their portraits.

Physical description

A golden brown mohair plush fully jointed teddy bear. The eyes are small black beads, the nose is of brown felt and the mouth is stiched with red thread. It is wearing a white and silk dress with a blue sash, cotton and flannel petticoats and cotton diapers.

Place of Origin

Germany (probably, manufactured)


ca. 1906 (manufactured)



Materials and Techniques

Stuffed and sewn mohair plush and sewn silk and lace


Height: 15 cm whole object

Object history note

Given by Mrs. Maud Evelyn Cattley. This teddy bear belonged to her children, who also made their own elephant soft toy called 'Pumpie'. Together with their other soft toys, it was treated like a member of the family.

Descriptive line

Mohair plush teddy bear probably made in Germany about 1906


Cloth; Felt; Silk (textile); Lace; Ribbon; Cotton (textile); Flannel


Stuffing; Embroidery; Stitching; Sewing

Subjects depicted

Teddy bears


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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