Antique Steiff Bears

March 9, 2009

Mr. Richard Steiff - Creator of the first stuffed toy bear (Image:www.chelseateddybearco.com)

Mr. Richard Steiff - Designer and creator of the first stuffed toy bear (Image:www.chelseateddybear.com)

The Steiff Company was founded in Germany in the year 1880.  Steiff began creating the first hand made bears in the early 1900’s.  The original stuffed bear was designed by Richard Steiff in 1902.   The Steiff company remains in business today and still produces incredible stuffed toys.  Below are some great antique examples that I found on Ebay and Google Images.

steiff2

steiffbear2

steiff32

steiffbear

steifftag

Early Steiff ear button