169 mm (Length); 95mm (Height); 20mm (Width)
National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)
A polished, wooden, freestanding, toy animal in the shape of a polar bear with its mouth open.
Part of a large collection of handmade toys and puzzles donated to the Museum of Childhood in 2019 by Nigel Briggs. They were made by John Doble, father of the donor's wife Hanne. He had worked with Nancy Catford (of the Nursery Schools Association), the designer of the toys, during the Second World War. Together they produced paper patterns that people could use at home as templates for thin ply patterns which could in turn be used to make their own wooden toys. Other toys were made from dowels and empty cotton reels.