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Meet Eric: The world’s oldest teddy bear

Lisa Wright
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Lisa Wright

From Rupert in his red jumper and checked scarf to modern-day Beanie Babies, teddy bears are as integral a part of childhood as falling over and being teased by your siblings. 

In reality, however, our stuffed, furry friends are a reasonably modern invention.

The first teddies were actually only made in 1902, and at Pollock’s Toy Museum near Goodge Street you can meet the oldest surviving specimen: Eric.

Now totting up 114 years in the game, Eric might not be as fluffy or cuddly as his younger peers, but in terms of historical value, he’s got some serious clout. And, alongside old ted, Pollock’s also plays host to a whole range of antique toys: from weird and wonderful dolls to an Egyptian clay mouse.

Find out more about Pollock’s Toy Museum here.

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