1930s Poodle Pull-along Riding toy
Stuffed toys do not survive 90 years unless they have been cherished by their previous owners. After leaving the care of its original family, this original unrestored example spent many decades in a museum. He has lost one ear, and the other is a bit loose, but most of his fur is intact. He is larger than most similar toys, and the wheel size is larger too.
1950s examples are reasonably common because they were made in large quantities and were popular toys; they have plastic or metal bodies. With earlier models such as this, Steiff was the leading upmarket maker specialising in stuffed toys, having created the first teddy bears in 1903. Their riding toys were quite expensive, so a market opened up for cheaper similar models made by other companies. This poodle is a high quality manufacture, but I don’t think it’s a Steiff. He has great character and is ready to use or display.
GAMAGES DEPARTMENT STORE, HOLBORN, LONDON.
XMAS 1913 CATALOGUE
THE POODLE MEETS ANOTHER DOG
VISITING HIS FRIEND THE PEDAL HORSE