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Identify Steiff Bears Based on Material

steiffDid you know that the material of your Steiff bears says a lot? Yes, they’re more than meets the eye and prepare to be mind blown as we unfold the specifics. Hey, no need to be surprised. This over a century year old brand had this coming and for good reason.

  • EYES

Earlier Steiff toys came with shoe button eyes followed by glass ones in 1910 and since 1960, plastic have been the material of choice.

  • CLAWS

Claws in different bears vary in both material and number. The first versions came with five claws and felt pads. In 1906, felt was still the material of choice but the claws were reduced to four in each bear paw. In 1976 felt was replaced with jersey knit cloth and since the year 1970, there were no more claws on their paws.

  • BUTTON IN EAR

Since 1904, the Steiff Company has created a signature trademark to help customers identify their toys from the rest known as the knopf ihm or which translates to button in ear. Depending on when the toys were manufactured they come with an iron, brass, nickel or gold-plated button. The earlier versions had flat logos either of the word Steiff or an elephant while newer ones are embossed.

  • FABRIC TAG

Either sewn into the hem of the ear or chest area, these tags have the words ‘Made in Germany’, ‘Steiff Original’ or ‘Made in US-Zone Germany’ printed on them. Where the other materials in this list tell of a point in time, fabric tags speak of the type. Depending on the color (yellow, white or red), they can differentiate regular designs from replicas and from listed editions.

  • FUR

From 1902 to 1946, the toys were made  of mohair known for its soft texture and luster. The shift came thereafter and found the toys decked in synthetic fiber which are made from synthesized polymers and are known for its unique properties such as heat resistance, low moisture absorbency rate, flame resistance, low costs, and ease of cleaning.

  • STUFFING

Yes, even the things inside the toy can tell us a lot about it. Since 1904, excelsior or wood-wool shaving was used followed by foam rubber artificial snow flakes in 1960 and then by synthetic stuffing since the 1970s up to the present day.

While the material used for he production of Steiff toys and products have changed over the years, one thing remains constant and that is the brand’s aim of bringing nothing but he best for kids and the kids at heart.

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Stuffed Animals We Love

stuffed animalWe love quite a lot of things and we bet it holds true for most people too. Stuffed animals are no exception and if asked to come up with a list of favorites, the following will no doubt come up. Go on and check out if your choice made it to our list.

  • Alonzo

Manufactured in 1908, this vintage Steiff red bear was previously owned by Princess Xenia. Received as a gift from her father George Mikhailovich, Grand Duke of Russia, it was purchased in 1989 at a Christie’s London auction for $12,100. The toy served as the princess’ best friend which accompanied her from childhood to adulthood and was her primary companion as she fled to England during the Russian Revolution.

  • Charles Stephens

With its pin-striped vest and white dress shirt with a red tie and pocket square, this toy may not seem so special at first. But then it’s one bought at Harrods, an up-market department store in London, by no less than Prince William for his then pregnant wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

  • Queen Elizabeth II

The last royal bear in this list, this Steiff creation was manufactured to celebrate a milestone after the queen officially became longest ruling monarch of the United Kingdom officially surpassing Queen Victoria. The toy clocks at thirty centimeters long with luxurious Schulte Mohair. It comes with a crown and a regal coronation robe. It even plays “God Save the Queen”, Britain’s national anthem.

  • Titanic Mourning Bear

After the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, Steiff manufactured and released a limited edition bear to mourn for the loss. Unlike its previous designs, this was a striking black from head to toe. It came in five different sizes but at present, these bears are fairly hard to come by.

  • Louis Vuitton Bear

It would be impossible to not include this in our list. Still the most expensive stuffed animal of all time, the Louis Vuitton Steiff bear was sold for $2.1 million in a 2000 Monaco to Jessie Kim of Korea. The toy is preserved and exhibited at the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju Island, Korea.

  • Diamond Eyes Teddy

Of all the stuffed animals we’ve seen, nothing beats the Steiff diamond-eyed bear which was manufactured for the German toy brand’s 125th anniversary in the industry. With only 125 pieces made that was initially sold for $84,000 a piece, it came with a golden snout, golden thread for fur and a pair of eyes made of sapphires and diamonds.

Learn more about Steiff here http://www.steiffteddybears.co.uk/

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