• 19 Jan
    2011

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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  • 30 Nov
    2010

Steiff’s Endearing Creepy Crawlers From the 1950s & ’60s

Not every one of nature’s creations can be considered “endearing” . . . unless they just happen to be replicated in mohair, velvet or felt by the talented hands of Steiff’s craftsmen. Steiff has been the leader in the creation of high-quality, realistic toys and collectibles since the late 1800s. In the century and a […]

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  • 8 Nov
    2010

Seeing Things in Black and White with Steiff’s Amazing Penguins

Without getting too black or white on the subject, it is no stretch to say that Steiff penguins are among the company’s most delightful aquatic creatures. Although they are a “relative” latecomer to the Steiff line, making their debut almost 20 years after the publication of the company’s first catalog in 1892, they have certainly […]

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  • 2 Nov
    2010

Collector’s Minute: Albert Ludovici Prints & Puzzles

The artist Albert Ludovici Jr. (1852-1932) was a member of British Royal Academy of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, member of the French school of painting and an admirer of the impressionist style of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, a fellow engraver who lived in Paris at the same time. Ludovici spent his life shuffling between Paris and […]

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  • 10 Oct
    2010

Single-Owner Collection of Antique French, German Dolls to go on the Block

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – A nice, single-owner collection of more than 125 rare and vintage dolls—nearly all of them made in France and Germany between the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries—will be sold at auction Saturday, Oct. 23, by Browne Auction Specialists at the American Legion Hall in Blue Springs, just outside Kansas City. The […]

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  • 20 Sep
    2010

The Collector’s Minute: Ellis Maple Dolls

Identification of dolls can be difficult, hindered by the fact many are unmarked, some manufacturers made parts for other doll makers and the market has generated a lot of reproductions. What can help though is learning some characteristics that are almost unique to certain makers, such as in the case of the dolls created by […]

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  • 6 Sep
    2010

Hey, Bulldog! A Classic, Collectible Steiff Pattern

One of the most interesting things about following a company and its products over time is watching how its items change and modernize over the years. It is easy to trace the remarkable evolution of offerings from larger, well-established brands like Ford, AT&T and even McDonald’s. Many people are aware that the Steiff Company from […]

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  • 16 Aug
    2010

Collecting FAO Schwarz-Exclusive Steiff Stuffed Animals

The wonderful Teddy bears and animals produced by Steiff are certainly well known for their quality and charming good looks all around the world today. But how did a small company making stuffed animals in a tiny town in southern Germany and end up a smashing success in the United States more than a century […]

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  • 2 Aug
    2010

Living Large with Steiff’s Life-Size Studio Animals

The Steiff Company is known throughout the world as the designer and producer of some of the most lifelike and realistic plush and mohair animals for children as well as collectors. One of its product lines takes full advantage of this core competency—literally. Steiff has an entire area in its production facility in Giengen, Germany, […]

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  • 26 Jul
    2010

TILT! A New National Pinball Museum to Open in Washington, D.C.

A Maryland man who owns some 900 pinball machines plans to open a public museum devoted to the pastime in Washington, D.C. David Silverman, 62, currently operates The National Pinball Museum out of a small warehouse in his backyard in suburban, Maryland. Later this summer, Silverman will move part of his collection into an upscale […]

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