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Blackie

Teddy Bear
1910 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This teddy bear's name is Blackie, for obvious reasons. It is an early English bear and may have been made to commemorate the death of Edward VII. Black is not a very common colour for teddy bears and is usually associated with a tragic event. Blackie's owner had repaired the bear over the years. Conservation has now revealed its original features.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Stuffed and sewn mohair plush
Brief Description
Black mohair plush teddy bear ('Blackie'), probably made in England in 1910
Physical Description
Black shaggy mohair plush teddy bear, jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips. The eyes are glass and the nose and mouth stitched with black wool. The stuffing is a mixture of wood wool and kapok.

Dimensions
  • Height: 570mm (Note: Measured flat)
  • Width: 310mm (Note: Measured flat)
  • Depth: 140mm (Note: Measured flat)
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by Mrs M. H. White
Object history
Extract from a letter from Margaret H White, dated 10/11/1970:

"He was bought for the grand-daughter of the manager of the Sherburn Co-op for Christmas 1910. The child was terrified of him and he was returned to the store where my great-grandfather bought him for my father, who was at the time 3 months old. My father was given him for Christmas 1911. He could not carry the bear but dragged it around by the ear. In 1915 when my father had diptheria, 'Blackie' went to the isolation hospital with him and it was only by much pleading by my father and grandfather that the bear was sterilised and allowed out of the hospital. It came to me when I was about 2 I believe and went everywhere with me. I can remember goiong to 'Blackie' for comfort when I was unwell or in disgrace. Both my children have also played with 'Blackie' but he's now reached a stage when I find it impossible to mend him and for the past 2 years he has been wearing socks on both arms and legs to keep the stuffing in. I repaired his muzzle. His paws had already been repaired before even I had him, but I am responsible for the bald patch between his ears - it was a very good chin rest!"



Margaret H White gave 'Blackie' to the V&A in 1971 [70/3784].

Production
Reason For Production: probably produced as a commemorative mourning bear at the time of the death of King Edward VII.

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Summary
This teddy bear's name is Blackie, for obvious reasons. It is an early English bear and may have been made to commemorate the death of Edward VII. Black is not a very common colour for teddy bears and is usually associated with a tragic event. Blackie's owner had repaired the bear over the years. Conservation has now revealed its original features.
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.1-1971

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record createdOctober 28, 2003
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