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Steiff Bears

The Steiff toy factory was founded in 1880 in Geingen/Brenz, Germany. Margaret Steiff, the company's founder, was a victim of polio and confined to a wheelchair. She became a seamstress to help support herself and began to make stuffed toys for children. In 1892, the company's first catalogue was published, offering a variety of stuffed animals for sale.

In 1897, Richard Steiff, Margaret's nephew, joined the company. He designed a toy bear with movable arms and legs in 1902. To make the bear cuddly, he covered it with mohair. The toy bear was displayed at the Leipzig toy trade fair. An American trader ordered 3,000 of the bears and began to sell them in the United States as "teddy bears." The bears became extremely popular, especially with American customers.

The original Steiff bears were made with rods through the hips and shoulders to allow for joint movement. These bears are marked with a button in the ear showing the Steiff logo. Richard Steiff continued to design bears, and his toys set the standard for other toy manufacturers. With a few ups and downs due to wars and economic hard times, Steiff has continued to manufacture bears to this day.


Quick Facts

  • Margaret Steiff's first stuffed toy was an elephant that she made from a pattern as a pincushion. The small elephants became popular as children's toys instead
  • Steiff currently operates Steiff galleries, a Steiff collectors' club, and the World of Steiff experience museum in Geingen
  • In 2000 ,a Steiff Louis Vuitton teddy bear sold at auction for $2.1 million, making it the highest price ever paid for a teddy bear

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3pc Steiff Plush Bird Clip-On Ornaments
May 29, 2:00 PM EDT
3pc Steiff Plush Bird Clip-On Ornaments
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$304 Bids
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3pc Steiff Christmas Figures and Ornament, Bear/Deer/Ball
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3pc Steiff Christmas Figures and Ornament, Bear/Deer/Ball
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$102 Bids
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Steiff Mohair Figures, Easter Diorama of Bunny and Chick
May 23, 2:00 PM EDT
Steiff Mohair Figures, Easter Diorama of Bunny and Chick
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
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Steiff Mohair Bear, Winnie The Pooh
May 23, 2:00 PM EDT
Steiff Mohair Bear, Winnie The Pooh
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$152 Bids
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Steiff Plush Teddybar, Grumps Christmas
Jun 06, 2:00 PM EDT
Steiff Plush Teddybar, Grumps Christmas
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$152 Bids
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4pc Steiff Disney Christopher Robin Gift Set with Box
Jun 06, 2:00 PM EDT
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by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
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Group Seven Mohair Animals
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Group Seven Mohair Animals
by Schwenke Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$201 Bid
Steiff Bride and Groom Bears New in Box
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Steiff Bride and Groom Bears New in Box
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $150- $200
$251 Bid
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2pc Steiff Stuffed Snowman Toys, Roly Poly + Ornament
May 23, 2:00 PM EDT
2pc Steiff Stuffed Snowman Toys, Roly Poly + Ornament
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Steiff Mohair Lavender Rabbit
Jun 06, 2:00 PM EDT
Steiff Mohair Lavender Rabbit
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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2pc Steiff Bunnies, Clover the Easter Rabbit and Hase Bosom
Jun 06, 2:00 PM EDT
2pc Steiff Bunnies, Clover the Easter Rabbit and Hase Bosom
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Steiff Germany 5 Animal Lot. Hedghog Bambi, Owl, Parakeet
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Steiff Germany 5 Animal Lot. Hedghog Bambi, Owl, Parakeet
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $100- $200
$251 Bid
Steiff 4 Animal Lot. Tiger, rabbit, cocker spaniel,
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Steiff 4 Animal Lot. Tiger, rabbit, cocker spaniel,
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $100- $200
$251 Bid
Steiff Growler Bear 12" Tall
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Steiff Growler Bear 12" Tall
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $150- $200
$251 Bid
2 Steiff Rabbits, One Puppet with Tags and Brass Buttons
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
2 Steiff Rabbits, One Puppet with Tags and Brass Buttons
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $100- $150
$251 Bid
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2pc Steiff Mohair Bears, Lladro Ornament + Williams Sonoma
May 23, 2:00 PM EDT
2pc Steiff Mohair Bears, Lladro Ornament + Williams Sonoma
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Steiff Blue Mr. Hopkins Plush Animal
Jun 06, 2:00 PM EDT
Steiff Blue Mr. Hopkins Plush Animal
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Steiff Plush Figurine, Christmas Teddybear, Santa Claus
Jun 06, 2:00 PM EDT
Steiff Plush Figurine, Christmas Teddybear, Santa Claus
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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3pc Steiff Plush Animal Grouping, Lamb, Ladybug, Horse
Jun 06, 2:00 PM EDT
3pc Steiff Plush Animal Grouping, Lamb, Ladybug, Horse
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Steiff Character, Fantasia's Yo Yo Flamingo
Jun 06, 2:00 PM EDT
Steiff Character, Fantasia's Yo Yo Flamingo
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Steiff Christmas Donkey, Asinus Donkey
Jun 06, 2:00 PM EDT
Steiff Christmas Donkey, Asinus Donkey
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Steiff - Harrods - A limited edition Steiff Edward The Attic Collection Bear
May 24, 10:00 AM BST
Steiff - Harrods - A limited edition Steiff Edward The Attic Collection Bear
by Martel Maides
Est: £40- £50
£301 Bid
A Steiff (Germany) EAN 667718 Daniel - The 2004 Swarovski teddy bear, light blonde, trademark
May 21, 10:00 AM BST
A Steiff (Germany) EAN 667718 Daniel - The 2004 Swarovski teddy bear, light blonde, trademark
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £60- £100
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Steiff 30" Reposed German Shepard with Silver Button
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Est: $150- $250
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