Steiff Bears

Steiff Bears

Born in 1847, Margarete Steiff contracted a serious illness when she was just 18 months old.  Partially paralysed, it was feared that she wouldn't survive - and no-one anticipated that she would be independent and self-reliant.  She was a fighter, though, and was taken to school by her siblings and, by the age of 17, she was a qualified seamstress. 

 

By 1874 Margarete was working from her own tailor's shop in her parents' converted home.  She ran this successfully, eventually employing other seamstresses as the business grew.  The first stuffed toy she made was a small elephant pin cushion - but soon people were buying it as a toy for their children - and, from there, Margarete Steiff went on to develop the business which is today renowned the world over.  Steiff Bears were a later addition to the catalogue - other stuffed animals came first.  It was Margarete's nephew, Richard Steiff, who designed and created the first bears with moveable arms and legs and using the mohair plush which is still in use today.  Branding was important to the Steiff company and Franz Steiff, another nephew, created the "Steiff - button in ear" to separate the Steiff bears from competitors. 

 

Sadly, Margarete Steiff died in 1909 but her legacy lives on and the Steiff Company today produce a vibrant catalogue full of creative limited edition Steiff Bears as well as other animals and soft toys. 

 

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Steiff 021091 Lizzy the Mouse Limited Edition by Steiff

Steiff 021091 Lizzy the Mouse Limited Edition by Steiff

£82.50

Lizzy the Mouse Limited Edition by Steiff 021091 The cutest, most adorable little mouse - so soft and cuddly. Lizzy is a captivating 10cm tall and fully jointed. She has been sewn from a decadent, white alpaca, with hand shaded wool felt accen…

Steiff 690129 Shaun the Sheep Limited Edition by Steiff

Steiff 690129 Shaun the Sheep Limited Edition by Steiff

£128.99

Shaun the Sheep Limited Edition by Steiff 690136  Size 19cm (7") Made of a finest mohair 5 way jointed Surface washable Limited Edition 1976 Gold plated "Button in Ear"   CAUTION! This product is not a toy and is intended…

Steiff 354625 Warner Brothers Daffy Duck Limited Edition

Steiff 354625 Warner Brothers Daffy Duck Limited Edition

£139.00

Steiff Disney Mickey Mouse is made from many colours of the finest Treveira velvet. Mickey is made from a black body, red shorts with buttons, brown shoes, long tail, his famous large hands - and a gorgeous white face with big eyes, sweet nose and f…

Steiff Replica Bear - 403224

Steiff Replica Bear - 403224

£279.00

1906 Teddy Bear Replica by Steiff. This beautiful hand made piece, in russet mohair, wears the white ear tag, signifying this item as a Steiff limited edition, together with the famous patinated steel underscored Button in Ear. Limited editi…

Steiff 1932 Mickey Mouse - Limited Edition - 354601

Steiff 1932 Mickey Mouse - Limited Edition - 354601

£225.00

Steiff Disney Mickey Mouse is made from many colours of the finest Treveira velvet. Mickey is made from a black body, red shorts with buttons, brown shoes, long tail, his famous large hands - and a gorgeous white face with big eyes, sweet nose and f…

Steiff Flora and Florinchen Teddy Bears Limited Edition of 750 pieces - EAN 021411

Steiff Flora and Florinchen Teddy Bears Limited Edition of 750 pieces - EAN 021411

£225.00

Welcome playmates Flora and Florinchen, a captivating duo they do make, lovingly bought to you by Steiff. Flora is 36cm tall and fully jointed. She has been sewn from a luxurious, cafe au lait mohair with matching hued, short pile mohair paws, gli…

Steiff Warner Brothers Sylvester Limited Edition - 354663

Steiff Warner Brothers Sylvester Limited Edition - 354663

£189.00

Sylvester J. Pusscat Sr or Sylvester or Puddy Tat, as he is sometimes known, first appeared in 1945 and was partnered with his nemesis Tweety Pie in 1947, in a film of the same name. Then his name was 'Thomas' and it was later in 1948, that h…

Steiff Winnie the Pooh - 50th Anniversary Bear - 683213

Steiff Winnie the Pooh - 50th Anniversary Bear - 683213

£399.00

My childhood favourite story was about Winnie the Pooh - and many years later, I feel very nostalgic for an old-fashioned childhood with a teddy bear and a story book. This glorious, 50th Anniversary, Steiff Winnie the Pooh, celebrates the union w…

Steiff - Around the World Bear Lula EAN022180

Steiff - Around the World Bear Lula EAN022180

£69.00

Lula the globe-trotting teddy bear is a cute little girl teddy bear made of pink cuddly soft plush. As a present or a gift, your child will take Lula into his or her heart straight away. The rose/pink coloured backpack with its press stud is decorate…

Steiff Wedding Swans - 021114

Steiff Wedding Swans - 021114

£159.00

Swans have long be associated with fidelity, loyalty and ever lasting love. In the wild, a mating pair of swans remain faithful and stay together throught their lives, returning to their original nest, year in and year out. Gifting this romantic duo,…

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