Steiff Petsy teddy bears

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2015-06-26 10:50:17

Steiff Petsy teddy bears are collectible teddy bears, first manufactured by Steiff in 1928.

Steiff

Steiff is a German plush toy manufacturer, founded by Margarete Steiff in 1880.

Margarete Steiff’s nephew, Richard Steiff, designed “Bear 55PB” in 1902, arguably the world’s first toy bear.

In 1903, Richard presented the bear at the Leipzig Toy Fair. US businessman Hermann Berg saw the bear and placed an order for 3,000, setting Steiff on its way to success.

Steiff Petsy teddy bears

Steiff Petsy teddy bears were first produced in 1928. The 13-inch bears featured a growling mechanism and unusual glass eyes that lent the creature a variety of expressions.

They were made in beige mohair, tipped with auburn.

Modern replicas have also been produced.

How much are Steiff Petsy teddy bears worth?

A circa 1930 Steiff Petsy teddy bear sold at a Skinner auction in 2009 for $14,000.

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