Chiltern Toy Works started in Chesham in Buckinghamshire in 1908 by Joseph Eisenmann. When Joseph died in 1919, the factory was left to Leon Rees, his son in law. Leon moved to Waterside in Chesham a year later and in partnership with Harry Stone formed H.G. Stone and Co. Ltd. They opened a second factory in Tottenham, London in 1921. Chiltern’s first bear, produced in 1915, was called Master Teddy. He was a comical looking dressed bear with googly eyes. The characteristics of early bears include curved arms, chunky thighs, slim ankles, two long stitches running up on either side of the nose and ears folded and stitched into the facial seams. Early Einco bears had a label which read “Hug Me and I’ll Growl”.
The ‘Hugmee’ bear is typical of 1960s Chiltern design. The bear retains his original ribbon and paper label. He was given to the Museum brand-new by the company just a few years before it was taken over by Chad Valley.
Chiltern’s most famous range of bears is the Hugmee introduced in 1923. Its design changed over the years resulting in a flatter face, shorter limbs and a shield-shaped nose. A year later in 1924, Chiltern Toys was registered. Manufacturing moved to Amersham, Bucks and continued producing bears until the factory’s closing in the 1960s.
See a collection of Chiltern teddy bears and more about identification at Teddybear-museum.co.uk.
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