Steiff Bears makes gorgeous collectable teddy bears. Richard Steiff was a German inventor and entrepreneur, he designed the Steiff Company’s first toy bear. Steiff was born in Giengen, and entered his aunt’s toymaking business in 1897. While attending the School of Arts and Crafts in Stuttgart, he would regularly visit the nearby Nill’scher Zoo and spend much of his time drawing the residents of the bear enclosure. His sketches of the bears were incorporated into the prototype of the toy bear he created in 1902. At its debut at the Leipzig Toy Fair in 1903, the bear initially attracted little attention, but its fortunes were saved when an American buyer snapped up the entire lot of 100 bears and ordered another 3,000!
Steiff bears, with a small metal “Steiff” clip in the ear, they are highly collectable and valuable. Whether you are making your first bear purchase or you are a seasoned bear collector, Steiff Bears will simply delight.
Benny Charlesworth’s stock a wide range of Steiff Bears which are available in our boutique in Great Harwood or in our online Steiff Bears shop.