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Teddy bear

Teddy bear

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (probably, manufactured)

  • Date:

    1908-1913 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gebrüder Bing (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Golden mohair plush fur stitched together and stuffed with wood wool (excelsior). Replacement pads are sewn-on pieces of cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Patricia Shand

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 14

Physical description

A teddy bear of golden mohair plush stuffed with wood wool. The bear is jointed with card discs. The mohair is worn and all four pads have been replaced. The original eyes have been removed and brown wool stitching put in their place. There are the remains of five claws stitched with brown wool on the feet and arms. The nose stitching is almost completely missing and the muzzle is worn. The head has been restitched onto the body. The stuffing in the body is somewhat mishapen and the card squeaker inside has shifted position to the right. The front seam appears to have been unpicked and stitched up again but not recently.

Place of Origin

Germany (probably, manufactured)


1908-1913 (manufactured)


Gebrüder Bing (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Golden mohair plush fur stitched together and stuffed with wood wool (excelsior). Replacement pads are sewn-on pieces of cotton


Height: 13 in

Object history note

Mrs. Patricia Shand from Zimbabwe was given the bear when she was three years old. She connects the time it was given to her to the departure of Arthur "Bomber" Harris, leaving to join the RAF just before World War I. Harris was the manager of Lowdale, the farm in Zimbabwe owned by Mrs. Shand's first husband's family. The bear lived with Mrs. Shand in Zimbabwe and Zambia and also in America for some time.

Descriptive line

Teddy bear, golden mohair plush stuffed with wood wool, probably manufactured by Gebrüder Bing, Germany, 1908-1913

Production Note

There is no actual mark or label on the bear to indicate definite attribution. Reason For Production: Retail.


Mohair; Wood wool; Cotton


Stitching; Stuffing; Sewing

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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