Steiff

Margarete Steiff was born in 1847 in Giengen, Germany. At age two, Margarete contracted polio. Although confined to a wheelchair, she attended school like other children, partaking in needlework and sewing classes. Margarete was so competent and skilled at her craft, she began teaching others. Her wages enabled her to purchase a sewing machine, one of the first machines to arrive in Giengen. By 1879, she had her own dressmaking business and quickly became a success.

Steiff found a pattern for a toy elephant and began producing these as gifts for her family. Before long, other animal toys were made. Margarete decided to sell soft-filled bears for children. Her nephew, Richard, helped with the design and production of the company’s stuffed toy animals.

Reference: http://www.steiff.de/en/start.html

We have some fine examples of steiff in the store. Looking for a great piece of early steiff well here it is.

Steiff Bull on Wheels

STEIFF BROWN AND WHITE BULL ON WHEELS WITH SHOE BUTTON EYES, GROWLER, COLLAR AND BELL, FF BUTTON IN EAR. Length=16

 

STEIFF "MUNGO" THE MONKEY

STEIFF "MUNGO" THE MONKEY WITH CHEST TAG. Height=8

What child doesn’t love his Teddy Bear? Here is a great one!

Steiff Zotty Bear

STEIFF ZOTTY BEAR WITH CHEST TAG. Height=14

A great dog and toy from the past. The cutest little dog you would ever want to see!

STEIFF "BULLY" DOG

STEIFF "BULLY" DOG; BEIGE AND ORANGE IN COLOR WITH VELVETEEN SNOUT, GLASS EYES, AND LEATHER COLLAR; FF BUTTON IN EAR; 1920'S. Height=8

Steiff toys are very collectible. If they have their buttons and tags its always a plus when you go to sell them. Steiff is still in business today but the charm and character of the old toys never seems to leave.

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