(1914) Omega Coaster Toy. Bear

Bear is an exceptional example of a British Omega Coaster Toy made between 1914 and 1920. He has dark blond mohair, clear and black glass eyes with painted pupils and brown painted backs, vertically stitched black nose, fully jointed, seated upon pull-a-long cart with eccentric motion, metal chassis, wooden wheels and seat, mohair is worn and thinning, right ear is loose, Good, 11"/26cm

The coaster bears changed in design throughout this time, starting with the very pointed triangular face, painted back eyes and horizontal nose stitching, to the later more rounded face, amber and black glass eyes and vertically stitched noses of the 20s bears.  We bought a well known example that turned up at Christie’s in London.  It was a teddy bear tea cosy and had the original paper swing “Omega” label and it was from this example that the later Omega bears were generally more widely identified.  However, we already had an example of this Omega bear on a wheeled coaster toy.  We have also had two other examples of bears on this coaster toy and have seen another. The early toys are marked “J.R.Toys Ltd” on their wooden wheels. One of these earlier bears was of the type of bear you bought from us. 

There are certainly therefore at least four examples of bear designs that were used throughout nearly 15 years of coaster toy manufacture…a great aid to identification. They were identical facially to the normal jointed teddy bears available, with just the limbs being adapted to sit on the wheeled coaster toy.

Description

Date 1914-20
Make Omega
Label Before
Fabric Mohair blond
Size 11 ins
Eyes Glass
Features Original Nose / Mouth
Jointed To ride his bike
Pads Felt
Stuffing Woodwool
Clothes
Growl
Number 257A

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