Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Art of Play: A Scottie Dog Soft Toy, 1933

Scottie Soft Toy
Unknown Maker, possibly Chad Valley
English 1933-34
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Soft toys have always been popular with children who delight in cuddling these inanimate friends. Aside from bears, one of the most popular subjects for stuffed animals have been doggies. And, aside from a Westie, what better dog for a soft toy than a lovely, little Scottie?

This soft Scottie was made in England between 1933 and 1934. The body of straw if covered with soft, black mohair which has been tipped in gray. The dog’s black nose has been embroidered beneath its brown and black glass eyes.

The maker of this toy is unknown. Originally, he would have had a ribbon or collar around his neck which would have contained a paper tag or metal button with the maker’s name. That has long since been lost, but this Scottie is just as dashing as ever.

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