Steiff bears must be the number one name in the bear collecting world. Everyone has heard of Steiff and the fact that they are one of the earliest producers of teddy bears in the world. I'm sure every collector has one or would like one to be amongst their bear collection.
Think again. The prints were made 15 years before Steiff created the first documented teddy bear. The first and oldest model Steiff bear that survives is the Rod Bear.
Three years later, a doctor in Ulm diagnosed her with polio. Many attempted cures and doctor visits were all in vain and her parents begin to despair. She was taken to school in a handcart by her siblings and neighbouring children.
Before you begin or broaden your teddy bear collection, there's a few things you should know. Learn the year the bear was made, country of origin, the manufacturer or designer, and any distinguishable labels and features so you are a knowledgable collector. Most antique collectibles are defined as years old or more; for teddy bearshowever, anything dated on or before is an antique. If you are a bear novice, one thing you can't do is generalize and say that all teddy bears look alike, are made with the same materials and are all the same color.
Teddy bears were named for a president of the United States. Morris and Rose Michtom started selling their stuffed bears as teddy bears and the name stayed. The German version of the teddy bear was made about the same time by the Steiff Company.
Do you have one of the valuable ones? Margarete Steiff established the toy company that bears pardon the pun! Plush toys, stuffed animals, and teddy bears were the company's best sellers and quickly became a household name. The German company used mohair, alpaca, felt, and woven plush to make their famous toys.