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24 JULY 1847 - MARGARETE STEIFF IS BORN On 24 July 1847, Margarete was born in Giengen, near Ulm, Germany, the third of four children. Her father was a master builder, Friedrich Steiff, her mother Maria Margarete Steiff, née Hähnle.
1879 - THE "ELEFäNTLE" In an issue of a magazine called "Modenwelt" dated 8th December, Margarete saw a pattern for a small elephant made of fabric. Based on this design, she sewed a pincushion shaped like a small elephant, the "Elefäntle". Soon the small fabric animals proved to be very popular - as toys for children.
1880 - THE BEGINNINGS OF A FAMILY COMPANY The official date of foundation of Margarete Steiff GmbH. The "Elefäntle" developed into the company's first big-selling product. Her younger brother, Fritz, successfully sold the felt elephants at the nearby Heidenheim market. Six years later, Margarete had sold over 5,000 elephants. At this point, Margarete also designed other fabric animals.
1892 - ONLY THE BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR CHILDREN The first illustrated Steiff catalogue appeared, showing the wide range of products available. The original elephants were joined by monkeys, donkeys, horses, camels, pigs, mice, dogs, cats, rabbits and giraffes. The catalogue also reflected Margarete's motto: "Only the best is good enough for children".
1902 - BIRTH OF THE TEDDY BEAR Richard designed "Bear 55 PB", the world's first toy bear with jointed arms and legs. While looking for a suitable material for the fur, Richard found the cuddly and dyeable mohair plush, manufactured by the Schulte pile-fabric weaving mill in Duisburg.
1904 - STEIFF - "BUTTON IN EAR" The trademark "Steiff - Button in Ear" was developed by another of Margarete's nephews, Franz Steiff. The aim of this trademark was to fend off the vast numbers of cheap imitations and to make the company's own high-quality products unmistakable. Margarete won the Grand Prix at the World Exhibition in St. Louis.

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Note: The exact date of an item cannot be determined with the reference to the button alone, as the various techniques overlapped. This means, for example, that older buttons were fitted while others were being produced. The quoted dates must therefore be used as orientation aids and may not be regarded as being an absolute means of ascertaining the age of an article.

In 1926, pendants, made of card, were also tied round the neck of all products. These changed in appearance over the years.


Pendant
(1926 - 1928)

Pendant
(1928 - 1950)

Pendant
(1950 - 1972)

Pendant
(from 1972)

Pendant
(from 1983
for replicas dating back before 1928)

Pendant
(from 1983
for replicas dating back to the 1950s and 1960s)

Pendant
(from 1984 for replicas dating back to 1928-1950)




All of the Steiff tags represent a commitment to quality, design and a stringent adherence to the highest safety standards. Steiff continues to use some variations to distinguish differences in their product line.

Steiff Button In Ear Yellow Tag

The yellow Button In Ear tag is is used for editions that have no limitations on their run. this includes many of the play and baby steiff toys as well as some larger, more traditional Steiff Teddy bears and animals.

Steiff Button In Ear White Tag

The red and white Button In Ear tag is is used for limited editions Teddy bears and animals. These items may have been produced speciaifcally for a customer (such as a retailer like The Toy Shoppe in Richmond, VA) or a region (like North America) or a specific country (like the UK).

Steiff Button In Ear Black TagThe black and white Button In Ear tag is is used for limited editions that are based on specific items from Steiff’s archives of vintage designs.

Steiff Swarovski Crystal Button In Ear Tag on Candy, The Sparkle Bear

The Swarovski Button In Ear tag is is used for special limited editions that feature Swarovski crystals or themes. In place of the metal button, a Swarovski Xillion crystal anchors the tag. There are very few editions that sport this Swarovski crystal  Button In Ear tag making them prized by Steiff collectors. For 2011, this button can be found on Candy, the Sparkle Bear


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Adoni Teddy Bear

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Size: 27cm (10½") Adoni Teddy Bear from Steiff is adorable! He has a cuddly coat of sumptuous alpaca in grey, with a creamy tummy, paw pads and inner ears. He has a rather shy look, with big innocent eyes and a serious expression. Fully jointed and sur 
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Anton Teddy Bear Musical 37cm

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STEIFF ANTON TEDDY BEAR MUSICAL Size: 37cm Limited Edition of 1225 Steiff usually bring a musical bear out in their Autumn Collection and so this year they have made ANTON, a gorgeous traditional bear, who will delight you with his rendition of  
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Bobby Husky Masterpiece Steiff

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Bobby Husky Masterpiece Steiff Bears EAN 036866 is a first time Husky Masterpiece for Steiff. He stands 12-1/2 inches tall and is made from of a combination of grey and white mohair and alpaca. Only the most seasoned artisans at Steiff Bears are permitt 
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BRITISH COLLECTORS TEDDY BEAR 2017 36CM

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Size 36cm (14.5") STEIFF BRITISH COLLECTORS BEAR 2017 - STEIFF COUNTRY EXCLUSIVE TO THE UK Steiff Country Exclusives are created to offer collectors something uniquely specific to different countries, which may depict its history, culture,customs or 
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CAMILLO 32CM

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Size: 32cm (12½") Camillo teddy bear is a true Steiff classic, with that dignified expression and a beautiful coat. He's made from the finest Steiff Schulte mohair in sand, neatly trimmed around his muzzle to show his square, hand-stitched nose. He's f 
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CHARI CAT MASTERPIECE 26CM

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Size: 26cm (10") Steiff's Chari Cat Masterpiece is a stunning feline, with a coat of luxurious, cuddly and warm, natural alpaca plush. She has soft pink paw pads and inner ears, stitched claws and extensive detailed airbrushing on her face - attention  
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Charly Teddy bear with Growler

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Size: 30cm (12") Steiff's Charly Teddy Bear with a mohair coat! We love Charly, who pops up often in Steiff's collections. This lovely bear is made from luxurious natural mohair plush. His coat is warm brown, with a shorter pile muzzle and paw pads, an 
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CHILLY CHIHUAHUA 16CM

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STEIFF CHILLY CHIHUAHUA 16CM Size: 16cm This petite Chihuahua is so tiny that he will fit nicely into your bag, so can be taken everywhere with you!! He is made from soft beige and white plush fur and wears a bow around his neck. Suitable for  
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Christmas Teddy Bear 32cm

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STEIFF CHRISTMAS TEDDY BEAR 32CM Size: 32cm Limited Edition of 1225 The CHRISTMAS TEDDY BEAR is made from the finest sand coloured mohair and he has three golden stars embroidered onto his button nose! He is dressed for the Christmas season in a 
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CLASSIC 1909 TEDDY BEAR BLOND 35CM

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Size: 35cm (13¾") Steiff's Classic 1909 Teddy Bear has the characteristics of the bear-makers original bears from that year; he has a short, rather pointed muzzle and small, low-set ears. He is made from the finest, soft mohair in golden blond, with pa 
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CLASSIC 1920 TEDDY BEAR LIGHT BROWN 35CM

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Size: 35cm (13¾") A traditional Steiff mohair teddy bear in 1920s-style. The fur is surface-washable and the bear's arms, legs and head are jointed. Complete with growler. (This bear is the larger one on the left of the picture). 
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Classic 1950 Teddy Bear MINI

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Size: 10cm (4") Steiff's Classic 1950 Miniature Teddy Bear has a coat of caramel mohair, with pale felt paw pads. He's fully jointed and has a square embroidered nose and mouth. 
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Classic Teddy Bear Brass

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Size: 25cm (10") Steiff's Classic Teddy Bear has an intelligent and alert expression! He has a coat of traditional, smooth brass mohair, and warm, apricot paw pads. His muzzle is neatly trimmed showing the warm backing colour and his square, hand-stitc 
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Dicky Bear Replica 1930

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STEIFF DICKY BEAR REPLICA 1930 25CM The teddy bears and animals from the Steiff Replica series are very special, as they have re-created bears that they have made in the past, using historic patterns and tools and so have been reproduced exactly accord 
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Dicky Mini teddy Bear 10cm

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STEIFF DICKY MINI TEDDY BEAR Size: 10cm Limited Edition of 1500 The DICKY BEAR 1930 REPLICA also comes in miniature form - recreated every bit as beautifully as the larger version, but only 10cm in size. As well as being made of the finest blo 
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Dolly Mini Teddy Bear 10cm

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STEIFF DOLLY MINI TEDDY BEAR Size: 10cm Limited Edition of 1500 DOLLY MINI TEDDY BEAR is made from white and blue mohair and has the classic red woollen ruff. She is a miniature version of the original DOLLY who was first produced in 1913, follow 
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FREDERIC TEDDY BEAR 42CM

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Size: 42cm (16½") Steiff's Frederic teddy bear has a coat of thick, wavy mohair in caramel with light tipping. He's fully jointed with tan ultrasuede paw pads and a hand-stitched black nose. He has a traditional growler in his tummy and wears a dapper, 
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Fynn teddy Bear with Growler

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Size: 28cm (11") Fynn Teddy Bear is a Steiff favourite in the cosy, suitable-for-all-ages category. Now, with his friends Lotte and Charly he has grown up into a gorgeous collectable mohair Steiff classic! His coat is made from wavy, light beige mohair 
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GABRIEL TEDDY BEAR IN BAUBLE ORNAMENT 10CM

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STEIFF GABRIEL TEDDY BEAR IN BAUBLE ORNAMENT Size: 10cm Limited Edition: 500 Anyone who already owns Steiff bauble ornaments will be delighted with this new addition to the collection. For anyone else, this angel is an ideal starting point for a 
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Growling Bear 33cm

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Size: 32cm (12½") Steiff's Growling Bear is made from the finest, smooth mohair in classic blond. He is a cute Steiff bear with a round head, friendly smile and big pupil eyes. Growling bear is fully jointed and has a growler in his tummy! He wears a b 
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Size: 35cm (13¾") Steiff's Classic 1909 Teddy Bear has the characteristics of the bear-makers original bears from that year; he has a short, rather pointed muzzle and small, low-set ears. He is made from the finest, soft mohair in golden blond, with pa


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