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Toy Cat - Knitted, 1940s Object Reg. No: SH 911505

Summary:
Large, almost life-size, toy cat. Made from a black knitted synthetic fabric, with green glass eyes and frayed red ribbon around its neck Used in Kew, Victoria, circa 1942-1952.

The toy was made for the donor, Peter Roberts, who was born 14 November 1942. His family lived at 11 Childers Street, Kew. He discribes his family as 'lower middle class'; they were never well off. The toy is made of recycled materials, and is similiar to many made during World War II, when new toys were virtually unobtainable.
Description:
Large, almost life-size, toy cat. Made from a black knitted synthetic fabric, with green glass eyes, grey embroidered nose and mouth, and frayed red ribbon around its neck. The cat is in a sitting position, with straight front legs; hind legs are merely suggested by a squared shape. There is a long straight tail, 30cm long and tapered at the end. The toy is stuffed with soft material.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Peter Roberts, 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 34.00 cm (Height), 20.00 cm (Width), 14.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Tail is 30 cm. long

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Tagged with: domestic life, making do, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Animal Toys
Tertiary Classification: soft
Place & Date Used: Kew, Victoria, Australia, 1942-1952

Dates based on date of birth of child who played with it. It is the sort of toy that would probably have been given to him as a baby or young child.

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