Teddy bear, about 1905. Museum no. MISC.566-1984

Teddy bear, about 1905. Museum no. MISC.566-1984

Teddy bear
About 1905
Germany
Gold Yorkshire cloth plush, with embroidered nose, mouth and claws
Museum no. MISC.566-1984

Teddy bear shown before and after conservation

Wood wool stuffing (fine wood shavings), traditionally used to stuff the bears, had the tendency to break up and compact, leaving the arms out of shape, so they were reshaped with extra stuffing and some careful manipulation. One teddy bear had spent 60 years in a baby's dress which had constricted the arms and caused them to distort.