Plush, white 'Honeycomb' teddy bear with intertwined red and white ribbons tied around its neck. Part of an archive of unsold stock samples donated by the manufacturer.

Jakas Soft Toys was a Melbourne-based company which designed and manufactured genuine high quality soft toys from 1956. Their range included teddy bears, golliwogs, animals and birds. They ceased production in the late 1990s outlasting many local toy manufacturers competing with cheaper overseas imports.

With children's health and safety in mind, the toys were made from wool and synthetic plush, quality fabrics, non-allergic filling and 'safety eyes'. The Jakas range of soft toys came with care and washing instructions and could be handed down for generations.

Physical Description

A plush white teddy bear with two-toned black and blue coloured plastic eyes and black embroidered nose and mouth, made in the seated position. Two ribbons, one red and one white, are intertwined and tied into a bow around its neck. The underside of the lower limbs have a cream coloured corduroy fabric sewn in as pads. There are two card labels attached to the body of the bear with a plastic tag, one is the triangular 'Australian Made' logo and the other shows the 'Jakas Soft Toys' brand name on one side and text providing information about the company and washing instructions on the other side. There is a synthetic fabric label sewn into the seam of one of the lower limbs with the Jakas Soft Toys brand name in green.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Jakas Toys Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Leisure, Home & Community, Childhood

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Ms Pam Schwarz, 19 Jun 2000

  • Manufacturer

    Jakas Soft Toys, Unit 1, 85 Lewis Road, Wantirna South, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1990s

  • Inscriptions

    Embroidered in green on white fabric label: 'JAKAS SOFT TOYS / MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA' with the 'Australian Made' triangular logo on the right hand side Printed in green on triangular card label showing Australian Made logo: 'AUSTRALIAN MADE' Printed on front side of white oval swing tag in green: 'JAKAS / SOFT TOYS / Genuine Australian Made / Soft Toys Since 1956' Printed on the back of white oval swing tag in green: ' Jakas is / Australia's oldest / soft toy manufacturer. / With over 35 years of / experience we create special / toys using quality fabrics, / filling and safety eyes. / Instructions: Machine wash on delicate / cycle using wool mix, dry well and brush. / If your toy should meet with an / accident call Jakas Soft Toys Pty. Ltd. / Unit 1, 85 Lewis Rd., Wantirna South / Victoria 3152 Australia / Tel: (613) 887 3547 / Fax: 887 3553

  • Brand Names

    Jakas (Soft Toys)

  • Classification

    Games & toys, Animal toys, Soft

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    280 mm (Width), 200 mm (Depth), 260 mm (Height)
    Dimensions measured with the teddy bear in the seated position.

  • Keywords

    Toys, Australian Design, Australian Manufacturing Industry, Teddy Bears, Small Businesses