Peter Bull’s teddy bear collection
Actor Peter Bull’s teddy bear collection was one of the most famous bear collections of its day.
Bull (1912 – 1984), who starred in films such as Dr Strangelove and The Rebel, is noted as one of the leading figures behind the teddy bear collecting phenomenon in recent decades.
A television appearance in 1969, in which Bull professed his love for teddies and stressed the importance of them for the emotional well-being of adults, was instrumental in enhancing the popularity of bear collecting.
The majority of Bull’s collection now resides at the Toy and Model Museum in London.
One of the most prized items in his collection was a bear named Delicatessen or Aloysius.
The 1907 bear, made by the Ideal Toy Company in the US, gained fame in its television role alongside Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews in the 1981 serialisation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited.
The bear had been sent to Bull after the owner of a delicatessen in Maine, US had seen Bull’s 1969 television appearance.
Delicatessen had sat on the shelf of the owner’s shop for 50 years.
Delicatessen is currently homed at the Teddy Bears of Witney museum and is owned by Ian Poult, who bought him for £25,000.
Bull wrote the book on teddy bears Bear With Me in 1969.
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