• 3
    Jan

How to Identify an Early Production Steiff Bears (1892-1929)

Nothing is more exciting for a Teddy Bear enthusiast than discovering or owning an early Steiff (button-in-ear) brand cub. Steiff launched its charter catalog of playthings in 1892, but it was not until around 1902 that the “modern” five-ways-jointed Teddy Bear as we know it was introduced; he was string jointed. A few years later, […]

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  • 31
    Oct

Meet WorthPoint’s Über-Collectors: Jennifer Frankhouser, Steiff Teddy Bears & Animals

Passion, energy, excitement. The thrill of the hunt. It seems that everyone infected with the collecting bug shares these same traits! True enthusiasts—or “über-collectors” —spend endless hours building their perfect collections and becoming experts in their areas of interest. To celebrate this form of remarkable commitment, WorthPoint is initiating a series of interviews with über-collectors […]

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  • 3
    Oct

The Source of Collector Pandemonium: Steiff’s Stuffed Pandas

With Steiff pandas, things are pretty black and white. Collectors just can’t get enough of these rare bears and, as a lifelong enthusiast, I have to admit, they are among my favorites as well. This is mainly because each one has a look and facial expression all unto his own, despite originating from basically the […]

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  • 29
    Aug

Several Different Dogs with the Same Name: Steiff’s Spectacular Cocker Spaniels

Mark Twain once wrote, “The more I know about people, the better I like my dog.” You may or may not agree with that broad statement, but most folks do feel that dogs can rank among people’s best friends. Clearly, the product designers at Steiff are crazy about dogs—and have been since the company opened […]

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  • 15
    Aug

Assuring Success with Steiff’s Good Luck Charms

Good luck! Viel glueck! Buena suerte! Bonne chance! Whatever language you say it in, the heartfelt sentiment runs true. The exciting news that WorthPoint launched a new sister website in the United Kingdom and antique- and vintage-collectibles-loving enthusiasts across the pond now have the same access to information and fun we have here in the […]

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  • 11
    Jul

Keeping the Old Teddy Bear Looking New: Maintaining a Vintage Steiff Collection

Special and precious things require TLC (tender loving care) and that is no different when it comes to Steiff (or other vintage mohair) collectibles. Yes, it is delightful to come across a newfound treasure by serendipity or on an antiquing adventure. But, once you have brought the item home, what’s next? Cleaning, display, restoration and […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Steiff’s Stuffed-Animal Politics: Democratic and Republican Mascots

Although politics can be divisive, collectors of all types can agree that Steiff “Democratic” donkeys and “Republican” elephants are worthy of an election-day victory celebration. Both donkeys and elephants are considered legacy Steiff designs, as each was featured in several styles in the debut Steiff catalog of 1892. The earliest donkeys were made from grey […]

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  • 6
    Jun

Steiff’s Fabulous Felines are the Cat’s Meow

For many Steiff enthusiasts, the company’s dear kittens are the cat’s meow in their collections. As a matter of fact, some Steiff collectors just collect Steiff cats, and it is understandable why; their precious expressions, range of body positions and exquisite quality all but speak for themselves. Let’s take a brief look at the history […]

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  • 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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