Teddy Bear

James Bear - William Simpson Teddy Bear Collection

This teddy bear was named ‘James Bear' by Mr William Simpson who was an avid collector of more than 250 teddy bears. James Bear is made of a honey coloured fabric, and has a swivel head and jointed limbs. This teddy bear wears black cotton trousers with a white dinner jacket, a white shirt with a lace front and a black bowtie. James Bear has a label stitched at its lower back with 'Made in Indonesia exclusively for Dean's Rag Book Co.' written. The teddy bear fits into a dark blue box with its name on a label on the front and 'Dean's Rag Book Co. Ltd., company trademark and Mini Bear' on lid. An information leaflet is stored inside.

James Bear belongs with 5 other bears: Billy the Bellboy, Bob the Policeman, Florrie the Flowerseller, Gordon the Guardsman and Bernie the Beefeater. These are all a set of Dean's miniature bears however they were actually made in the Far East under contract from Dean's.

D2008.3.115
D2008.3.115