Steiff Rod Bear
Steiff Rod Bear is a vintage teddy bear made in 1903 by Steiff. It is notable for being the first teddy bear manufactured by Steiff. The bear
Rod Bears get their name from the rods that Steiff placed inside them to function as joints. Rods run across the body, from one arm to the other, and in a “T” fashion to the head. There is also a rod running from one leg to the other.
The bear was the first teddy bear to be produced by Steiff and it made its debut at the Leipzig Toy Fair in 1903.
The bear was designed by Richard Steiff, nephew of Margarete Steiff, who founded the company. In 1902, Richard designed the “Bear 55PB”, the world’s first plush toy bear with jointed arms and legs.
From 1906 onwards, the bear sold under the name “Teddy bear” after US president Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.
In January 2006, a Steiff Rod Bear was sold by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio. It sold for $17,250.
Another Steiff Rod Bear was sold by Bertoia Auctions in 2008, this time for $15,500.
Skinner also sold a Steiff bear for $15,000 at a 2004 auction in Massachusetts.
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