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Title: Teddy Bear
Identifier: 979.6.904
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: c. 1907
Image Creator: Museums of Mississuaga
Creation Date: 2005
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A hand-sewn teddy bear made of a cotton fabric with a plush finish. The body has a seam front and back, straight down the centre. The ends of the arms are covered in a black knit fabric. Arms, head, legs and ears were all made separately then sewn to the body. There are two glass beads for eyes and small black patches for nose and mouth. The bear is wearing a royal blue cotton jacket, with a collar fastened with white buttons. The jacket is hand sewn and has set in sleeves. Bear also as a pair of light blue and white striped pants with waistband casing and tie.

This bear was originally given to Geoffrey Harris Sayers (1907-1997) though family recollections indicate that it was used by both his younger siblings, Dora and Barbara. It was given to Geoffrey for his first Christmas in 1907 and was later give to him at his 80th birthday party held at Benares. The bear's clothing is a later addition and was sewn by his mother Annie Sayers. Benares Historic House hosts an annual Teddy Bear's picnic in honour of Teddy.
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