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|Steiff are the orginators of the 'Teddy' Bear and since 1902 they have consistently brought a wide range of styles and sizes of bears to the worldwide collectable soft toy market and you can guarentee that if a bear breaks a record in the secondary markets its normally a Steiff bear. We have been stockists since the late 1990's and have a great selection of these cuddly bears and soft toys all with Free UK Delivery. |
Steiff is a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality. It was begun in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, who was later assisted by her brother Fritz. The toys began as elephants, and were originally a design Steiff found in a magazine and sold as pincushions
to her friends. However, children began playing with them, and in the
years following she went on to design many other successful
animal-themed toys for children, such as dogs, cats and pigs. She designed and made most of the prototypes herself.
The Steiff's nephew Richard joined in 1897 and gave the company an enormous boost in popularity by creating the teddy bear in 1902. In 1907, Steiff manufactured 974,000 bears, and has been increasing its output ever since. The Steiff company motto, as styled by Margarete Steiff, is "Only the
best is good enough for children". Steiff products are subject to
meticulous testing and inspection. They are required to be highly flame
resistant and, among other things, smaller pieces such as eyes must be
able to resist considerable tension, wear and tear, etc.
The most common materials used in Steiff toys are alpaca, felt, mohair, and woven plush. Eyes are generally made of wood or glass, and the stuffing is commonly wood shavings or polyester
fibers. A large amount of the work is done by hand, from design
sketches to airbrushed paint. The final touch on any Steiff toy is the
trademark "button in ear" (assuming the animal has one; in any case
they'll find a spot for it). The famed "button in ear" was devised by Margarete's nephew Franz in
1904, to keep counterfeits from being passed off as authentic Steiff
toys. It is metal and originally had the symbol of an elephant, later
replaced by the name "Steiff". The button is still used to distinguish
Steiff toys from fakes.
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