• 23
    May

Nipper, Rolly & Pip: Steiff’s Classic Commercial Canines

The Steiff Company has a long history of producing character items that are popular in the culture of the times. This almost-century-long tradition goes back to the early 1900s, when Steiff produced a felt version of “Bibendum” in 1913. “Bibendum,” or “Bib,” is the Michelin Tire Man, who is still part of that international tire […]

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  • 3
    May

Steiff by the Sea: Cute Crustaceans & Fashionable Fish

As the calendar turns to warmer days, many of us are starting to make plans for upcoming summer vacations. Some of us will head to the mountains, others to far away cities to explore these destinations with friends or family. But, as the mercury rises, who could argue with the restorative powers of a few […]

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  • 4
    Apr

Steiff’s Belles of the Barnyard: Roosters & Hens

While the Trashmen may have coined the term, “the bird’s the word” definitely fits when it comes to Steiff and its gorgeously hand-crafted collectibles. Fine, feathered friends have graced the Steiff catalog from its first publication in 1892—first in felt, then in velvet, mohair, and other materials including, waterproof oilcloth, lamb’s wool plush and silk […]

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  • 22
    Mar

Spring Forward with Steiff’s Vintage Velvet Field & Forest Friends

Spring is definitely in the air, and nature is starting to reveal its majesty once again. Right across the street from my home is a rolling field, where more often than not, we find ourselves sharing the beautiful open space with a critter or two when we are walking our four-legged friends. Most recently, we […]

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  • 8
    Mar

C’mon, Get Happy with Steiff’s Comical Clowns

Ah, spring. The days are getting longer, and in many parts of the country, sweet signs of life are beginning to appear . . . a welcomed crocus budding on the front yard, squirrels scampering about and an occasional bird song, too! It’s certainly time to get happy . . . and there are no […]

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  • 28
    Feb

Steiff Commercial Production: HorZu’s Mecki and Micki Hedgehog

Steiff has a long and interesting history of partnering with other companies and organizations to produce logos and mascots as collectibles. For example, way back at the turn of last century, Steiff worked closely with the Michelin Tire Company to produce their “Tire Man” in felt. Another famous—and beloved—collaboration is that between Steiff and the […]

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  • 28
    Feb

Running Guns for a Mobster: Providing Prop Pistols for Hollywood’s ‘Public Enemies’

Being an antique and memorabilia dealer is the most fun job in the universe. I get calls from prop masters all the time to work on projects for movies and plays, and each time a request is made it’s like a new treasure hunt to find that perfect prop that will make the movie or […]

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  • 14
    Feb

Pocket Toys: Steiff’s Oddly Marvelous Marsupials

The other day, I was talking with a friend about Steiff and the tremendous range of animal species it has so elegantly and accurately produced over the 130 year long history of the company. Just for fun, she started to challenge me, asking about relatively obscure animals . . . Had Steiff ever made a […]

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  • 1
    Feb

Better Than Valentine’s Candy or Roses: Steiff’s Limited Edition Bling Bears

Everyone loves a little bling, Steiff collectors and enthusiasts included. And there is no better time for a little delightful indulgence than Valentine’s Day, even if your sweetie is yourself! Most people know Steiff for its authentic and high-quality Teddy bears, animals and dolls. However, the company also has a playful side that can sometimes […]

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  • 19
    Jan

Sniffing Out an Obscure Steiff Pup: Treff the Bloodhound

Steiff brand Teddy bears, dolls and animals have been collectors’ favorites for more than 100 years. Their quality of manufacturing, attention to detail and outstanding designs all contribute to their universal appeal. Although Steiff has created almost every animal species you can imagine—including rarities like armadillos, yaks, okapis and kudus—its most popular creations from the […]

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