Toy lion Fido

MMM.1995.4.1

About this object

Nancy Mildon was given this toy lion by her mother. She named him Fido as she thought he was a dog!
In July 1916, Fido comforted Nancy, aged 7, during a wartime crossing on board Cunard’s Alaunia. Nancy was upset when her mother lent Fido to fellow passenger, Ruth Merrington, during the voyage.
In gratitude, Ruth drew an illustration of Fido (MMM.1995.4.3) and wrote a poem (MMM.1995.4.2) which Nancy treasured for many years.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Toy lion Fido
  • Accession no.
    MMM.1995.4.1
  • Type
    Toy
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1914 - 1916
  • Materials
    Textile
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
    270 x 130 x 340 mm
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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