M9188.8.131.52 | Teddy Bear
1900-1940, 20th century
Fibre: wool (mohair, felt, yarn); glass; plant: straw (stuffing); Sewn
50 x 28 cm
Gift of the Estate of the Late Mrs. R. S. Logan
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Stuffed animal (14) , Toy (148)
The McCord Museum's toy collection is one of the largest public collections of its kind in Canada, comprising over 5,600 items dating from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century. A favourite of Museum visitors, the teddy bear was named after the 26th president of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt. Early teddy bears were realistically designed with pointed muzzles, hump backs and long limbs. Originally made of mohair plush in true-to-life colours, they were often dressed in miniature clothing, as seen in this early 20th-century example.