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Title : BEAR
Accession ID : M2007.1

Document type: Nursing Museum Model
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Item Name BEAR
Description Berlex bear used in a demonstration for weighing a baby. See NP 224 and 251.
Materials stuffed toy, gold mohair coat, cotton flock fill, bear brand logo on soles of feet, see NP 224
Item Dates 1959-1960
Importance National
Significance note BEAR CDU Nursing Museum [Catalogue Number M1/Storeroom Cupboard 5] This Berlex bear is came to the Museum in the Pat Ferrier Collection. It was recognized as an aide in weighing babies in the days of manually operated scales. As the nurse tried to balance the scales, she tried to catch the babe’s attention with the bear in the left hand so the babe would still, while the nurse balanced of the scales with the right hand. Pauline Ross visiting the Museum alerted staff to the wider story of the bear, and its value. It is one of three bears made by Berlex Company between 1930 to about 1970s for Tongala Milk to advertise Tongala Bear Brand Milk as prizes for colouring-in competitions. The bear is Pooh Bear style rather than the Koala bear style and the smallest of the three Berlex bears and described as: Berlex Teddy, 14” [36cm] tall, glass eyes, gold mohair coat, cotton flock filled, white vinyl paw pads, jointed limbs and still neck, c 1940-1950 tagged to foot. $400-4502 The Museum’s bear has lost the left eye. The mohair coat is mostly bald but intact. The shoulder and hip articulations still work smoothly. Both Bear Brand paw vinyl’s are intact though the right is worn and barely readable. The left shows some wear but the drawing of the milk tin and words are clear. The stitching of the right leg claws is starting to unravel. It is worth noting that this bear would not now be regarded as safe for children with its easily swallowed glass eye 1. Janie Mason “A teddy bear’s story” in Brian Reid [Ed] 2009 Collectors & Museums – Two Centuries of Collecting in the Northern Territory based on the 2007 lecture series arranged by the Historical society NT - pages 75 - 81 2. Jacqui Brode 1998 Teddy Bears and their Value in Australia, Doll Digest Publications – page 21
Location Status Stored
Current Location M Box 1
Source or Donor FERRIER Christine Patricia (Pat)
Condition of Item on Receipt Poor
Dimensions length 36cm width 22cm

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