Sunday, May 10, 2009

Announcing "What Do You Know", A New My Steiff Life Feature

What do you know... about Steiff? And what would you like to know about a special piece in your collection?

Announcing So What Do You Know, a new My Steiff Life blog feature. Steiffgal has lots of fun talking with you about interesting pieces in her collection and others that she encounters. How about talking about your pieces, too?

If you have a Steiff item and have questions like...
  • How old is my piece?
  • What is some of the history around my piece?
  • Is my piece really a Steiff?

Email Steiffgal at Steifflife@gmail.com with a picture or two of the item, and the following information:

  • Your name and where you are emailing from.
  • If the item has a Steiff chest tag, button, and/or eartag? Please describe.
  • The size of the item, either standing or sitting - please specify.
  • Details about the appearance of the item, including materials (mohair, plush, velvet, felt, etc.), colors, eyes, nose/claw stitching, airbrushing, etc.
  • Details about the construction of the item, including jointing, stuffing (soft stuffed or excelsior filled), and anything that is unique (is musical, is a purse, is a pincushion, etc.)

Steiffgal will do her best to tell you what she can about your piece from the collector's perspective; however, she cannot tell you what an item is "worth"; that's up to the current marketplace. Responses will be posted monthly in a special What Do You Know My Steiff Life blog column.

Steiffgal is not an official appraiser, just a Steiff fan interested in using the internet to share information about the interesting stories behind vintage Steiff collectibles.

Again, email Steiffgal at Steifflife@gmail.com with your question, do not post it in the comments section at the end of this post or Steiffgal will have no way to get back to you!!!

So, What Do You Know?

58 comments:

  1. Hi there,steiff poodle blacky no 1532/12 perect con, how old is my doggy and has it any value many thanks tony.

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  2. I recently purchased a very old "hump back" Steiff Bear. I do not know if his eyes have been replaced or not. Here is the issue: He has the old glass eyes; but, one is clear w/ black pupil and the other brown w/ black pupil. Does anyone know of such eyes on a Steiff ? Nan

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  3. Hello, if you leave a comment here, please give me your email address so I can get back to you with questions and more importantly, your answers! Thanks! STEIFFGAL

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  4. Hi, again like most of the others that have enlisted your help, I too am wondering where my steiff came from. I just recently purchased a large owl in excellent condition. But the funny thing is is that ge plays music! Where and when is he from? The lady I bought him from said she believes he was a special order custom piece. Thanks!

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  5. Oh wow. I want to hear about the musical owl! That is interesting! =)

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  6. hi i have just bought a 50cm zotty bear of ebay but unlike yours he has a pale muzzel with peachy looking bib he has no button in his earas this is long gone so i am told i was told he is an older bear from the 50s 60s is this right

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  7. In a family trunk, I found an old Steiff bear. (I think)...It is 12" tall and is marked US ZONE Germany. It has a red circle marked Music on it's stomach. When squeezed it plays a lullaby. Any help re: age and value is appreciated...It has been i n storage for over 30 years and is in great condition...Thanks..J

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  8. I have a Steiff collection from my childhood. 10 puppets and 4 dolls from the 50's and 60's including a 36" lion. Some have lost their eyes, is it best to leave them be or take them to a doll hospital. I am thinking of selling my collection.
    Thanks for your time. Joan

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  9. Love your Charly dog! I have a Charly, though not musical. He is the standing long mohair from the early 1930's in the 17 cm size. No ID but has the faint hole in his ear where it once was, and he has great mohair coverage! He goes well with my 1920's Chow Blanco's standing and on wheels in two sizes!! The Chow's have their buttons. I've posted their photos on your FB page awhile ago. I'll have to post Charly too!

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  10. Hi! Phinnian here. Wondering if my Kangaroo is worth keeping. She's about 4 feet tall and has a joey in her pocket. She and the joey are mostly auburn and gray, seem to be mohair and stuffed with sawdust. Joey has a button in his ear but mother doesn't. Bought around 1966 at FAO Schwarz in New York for my husband by his parents.
    So. Should I keep or sell? She's in perfect condition except for a wobbly head and slight crimp in her tail. Contact me at phinnianb@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  11. Greetings - We just inherited several Steiff animals and I am having a hard time identifying one that has only a partial readable number. Kitty, approx 3" tall, button Script "steiff", metal w/rounded edge. Striped with bell, purple bow, green eyes, sitting upright, red "x" nose with pink pointed ears, mohair. The last 3 readable numbers are 310. Any info you can provide would be so appreciated - year made and value. He is in very good condition except that yellow tag is somewhat faded. Thank you - happy new year! Linda

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  12. Hello, I have a Steiff Squirrel that I can't find any information on the internet about. It's about 8inch/20cm tall. With a white belly and face,light brown body and outside legs and a dark brown long hair tail and ears.It has plastic wiskers and eyes and is firmly stuffed. I would appreciate any further information you could provide.

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  13. Please contact me at scarysarah5@hotmail.com

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  14. i have a steiff cosy baby dino, he looks like a brontosaurus but has stuff on his back, he has the steiff tag on histail, he is a brown colour with other brown patches , is he genuine??? thank you please contact me on sally@softdiag.co.uk thank you

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  15. Hi! Great site! I have an ostrich, about 4' tall, that was bought for me on Christmas around 1970 (my cousins got the huge rough collie and the tiger). He's in good shape, but the wires are coming out his toes...don't know what to do as far as fixing goes...and I have no idea what he might be worth. I'd really appreciate your help. Please contact me @ rjcx7@aol.com Thank you.

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  16. I have a picture of myself holding my beloved steiff tiger in my lap. he was huge and had a squeaker in his tail. this would have been in 1957. I don't know what happened to him but have mourned his loss for years and would pay any price to have another one. when I was 25 I wound up with 4 real cats and couldn't figure out why I was so smitten with kitties until my Mother gave me the picture with my steiff tiger in my lap. Even his paws are 3-5 times the size of my current 2 real cats paws and he takes up the whole chair. I am shown holding his tail and now love to stroke and pet the tails of cats. I miss my tiger some 52 years later and never forgot him.

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  17. MY CAT IS GREY WITH WHITE PAWS AND WHITE TIP ON TAIL IT HAD A YELLOW STIEFF BUTTON IN EAR ORIGINALLY BUT SADLY IS NOW MISSING JUST WONDERED IF IT HAS ANY VALUE I GOT IT ABOUT 1978

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  18. Hi
    I was recently given a pretty tattered Steiff turtle footstool
    Was told it was brought over from Germamy in the 1940's.
    Any idea where I can find info on this item
    It is quite large and needs some repair,but still a great piece of work.

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  19. Please contact me about the Steiff turtle footstool at:
    junieberri@comcast.net

    thanks

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  20. Hi
    Contact info for the turtle footstool is:

    junieberri@comcast.net

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  21. I have been a Steiff collector for 40 years. I have a few pieces I was thinking of selling. One is my early penguin that is 28" tall, Studio size. It in very good condition for its age. I figure between the 30's and 50's. His head is jointed and has glass eyes. The other piece is a 1980's rocking duck for a child to ride. I have never seen any other items like these two. Does anyone have any idea what they are worth? I have an idea but wanted other opinions.

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  22. I have a family of steiff tigers and lions actually it looks like a mother tiger and her cub and then the lion, they wer given to me by a friend who is more than 60 years old, they wer hers as a child, perfect condition, does anyone know of a collector for these my email is patriciaw@windstream.net

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  23. I think I sent an email with photos of my Cat, Dog and pig? How do I know if you received it? Will you just answer on this site? How often? Many thanks, this is very interesting. giuliana

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  24. Hey, like Falkie2008, I too had a wonderful Tiger as a kid. He met with an unfortunate accident, whereupon he lost an eye. My mother thought to sew a button on to replace it and I screamed and ranted until she let me take the button off and I replaced it with an eye patch. He became pirate Tiger...I too wish I could find him again. My mother threw him out when I was at school...And of course, I was a fan of Calvin and Hobbes ;-) giuliana

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  25. I have a riding toy that on the wheels it says steiff, it is a black poodle, w a barker that woeks, glass eeys, no button...was wondering what it is worth?

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  26. I have come across a Clowny doll, the one with blue overalls with red and yellow patches, but he is missing his head. I was wondering if there was a market for these dolls in need of restoration, and if so, what I might expect to get for him in his headless condition?

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  27. I have just purchased a Steiff dog. I thnk it is a wirehaired daschund, I can't find anything about it. It has a 9mm. button so possibly 1986 ish from nose to end of tail is 15 inches and from floor to top of head about 7 1/2 inches. Has anyone out there got one?
    my email is aconn65267@aol.com.
    my name is Angela

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  28. I have the Beagle and the Schnauzer hand puppets - they were a birthday gift when I was a child. What is the value of these now?

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  29. Hi, did Steife ever make bears with solid, instead of stiched noses? thank you for your time.

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  30. Hi...I have a Steiff Joggi hedgehog, made in Austria, number 1670/10 and PA-55 MASS 73. Nickel ear button and tag is still intact. No fur missing, in great shape overall, his nose is just a little loose - very minor. I know you can't give exact prices, but could you give me some idea of what the value of this item might be? I really appreciate any help. Thanks.
    cashmeredudley7246@yahoo.com.

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  31. hawks8 says wonderful site. looking forward to hearing from you soon about my Dralon Darling Steiff donkey i recently emailed you about. Sept 21 2010

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  32. Thank you very much with the imformation you provided me with about Grissy. The cleaning method worked well.I will continue to read the articles posted in your website.If i come across anyone that has a question about a Steiff animal,i will recommend your website. Thanks again. Brian, October 1, 2010

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  33. Hi,I recently purchased a large Antique Manni Rabbit.She is 23 inches tall,has a steiff underscore button with remnants of a red tag under it,solid pink nose.I am dying to know her age,cAn you help me?Thanks, Suzanne bnytale1@verizon.net

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  34. When will see another unboxing segment? We miss them.

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  35. I have a monkey puppet that I had as a child 50 years ago. It had a red hat at one time but I have never seen another one anywhere with a hat. Was it only made with a hat for a short time? The puppet no longer has its button or ribbon do I don't have a number.

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  36. I have a Steiff bear that was my Grandmother's and possibly her older sister's. She was born in 1903. It has no ear button and no sign that one was ever in the ear. The bear stands about 9" tall and is honey colored with somewhat shaggy looking mohair. There are three black lines on each foot, I assume meaning four toes. Any help identifying the bear would be appreciated.

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  37. I have a unicorn from 1983 beige in color blue eyes about 1 foot long and 6inches high anything that you can tell me about this piece im thinking of selling.

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  38. I have an assortment of 13 replica steiff bears, animals, and dolls that I would be interested in selling. Could you tell me where I could get some pricing info on these ?

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  39. Hi there! My name is Marie, and I have two very old steiff dolls from Germany. They still have their tags on them, and I'm curious to find out what I can. They belonged to my mother; I believe they were bought in the 60's, but am not sure. They are Micki and Macki dolls, Tag #'s are 7627/17, and 7628/17. My email is sevenstead1@aol.com Anything you can tell me will be greatly appreciated!

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    1. Hi, please see http://www.worthpoint.com/blog-entry/steiff-commercial-production-horzu-hedgehog for lots of information on these classic Steiff dolls.

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  40. I have a steiff Dog that is tan and white. He is standing not laying. I have the box and the tags, but still can't find him. Does anyone have any ideas?

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  41. I have 6 Steiff animals that are almost 40 yrs old, Camel, Renny, Foxy, Rocky, Red Fox & I think it's a hamster. I also have Minky Zotty & A large Diva Cat...I'm looking for a dealer how'd like to buy these from me. Any suggestions? Please email me at cgloe@yahoo.com

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  42. Hi I have a very old stieff "Cockie" a Cocker Spaniel. He doesn't much look like on now as he is over 50yrs old and has lost his ribbon and his button but I have had a letter form Steiff and see the resemblence. How can I get it restored? I wouldnt sell him for the world he is too sentimental to me to sell him but he probably isn't worth much as he has lost a lot of his hair.

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  43. Hi! I have a Steiff Molly Katze (black) numbered 106200. It has all of the original tags (in German) it is in pristine condition, with the exception of the yellow ribbin around her neck, which is slightly frayed. Can you tell me anything about this kitty? Thanks so much! Jess

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  44. Hello! I have 2 unmarked, lying terriers. I am fairly certain they are NOT authentic Steiff Foxys, but I would love any input you might have on them. They both wear belled collars that have heart shaped markings on them. The most distinctive feature of these dogs, though, is that the pads of their paws have embroidered details.
    My email is stefanie.astronaut@gmail.com and I have pictures to send!
    Thank you so much for any of your time - I love your site!!

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  45. Hi there I recently found and bought myself a steiff trophy head lion for my birthday. I have fallen in love with it and the others that I know are out there. I have several questions and am curious if you know of any others out there in need of a good home? If you would email me I would really appreciate it. My email is maninthemoono@yahoo.com. Thanks so much and I hope to hear from you soon.
    THANKS!
    MICHAEL

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  46. Hi,So glad I found your site. I have a Steiff Lucki troll with the chest emblem. Mine has a short sleeve yellow shirt,dk green vest,lighter green pants red elf shoes and a hatand his hands are out in front of him. On researching this I found one on ebay but it had long sleeved shirt with a red tie up front and also had a hoe with it. I would like to know theage of mine...I got it as a child and I am 57 now...cannot even remember who gave it to me. Thanks for your help. Donna Kittyhawk4@comcat.net

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  47. Hi, In researching my Lucki troll I found a picture online of a lion, laying down and OMG I have him!!! I am 99% sure it is a steiff from all the pics online but there is no tag. He would also be up to 57 years old...in near perfect condition...some online were pretty battered and missing hair..question is how do I authenticate him???Thanks, Donna Kittyhawk4@comcast.net

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    1. Please send photos and a more detailed description to me here at Steifflife@gmail.com. Cheers! SG

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  48. If you still check your blog ..... I am confused about a tag.... I need ur help

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    1. Please send photos or a more detailed question to me here at Steifflife@gmail.com

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  49. Hi I have an old steiff bunny and wanted to know if you could tell how old he is and maybe how much he is worth. I can email you pictures. My email is kelseyprice1991@hotmail.com. He has a jointed head and a button in his ear but the tag in his ear is gone. He has dark brown tips on his ears and dark brown eyes. He seems to be in very good condition and doesnt look like he was hardly ever played with. He was my grandmother's bear.

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    1. Please send photos and a more detailed description to me here at Steifflife@gmail.com. Cheers! SG

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  50. I have Dangling Frog named Schlenkerfrosch that is in tact with original chest tag. It is made of velvet with PVC head and hand painted circa 1974. a bit dirty. How should I clean it without causing damage. Does anyone know the value?

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  51. I have a 1980 jubilee papa bear replica of the 1904 bear. Original box which is in excellent condition as well as the bear. A signed german certificate with serial number. I have checked all over for different prices, but was wondering if you might have an idea on how much his value might be

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  52. Thank you for that nice article on the Trout and it's history. I had owned one of these cuties at one time and it still had tag and button.

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  53. Thank You for the lovely article on the Steiff House. My German Ancestors in Pennsylvania brought over the same neat household items that you have pictured.

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