Steiffgal just loves getting questions about Steiff family treasures, and that's no fish tale! Check out this letter from Arianne from Pacific Palisades, CA, who is fishing for answers about her long time and beloved "aquatic acquaintance." She writes:
My brothers and I have multiple Steiffs which date from the late 60's and possibly early 70's. I own a fish which is quite large with wheels which I used to ride around on when I was little. I have had this fish my whole life and I love it so much. I can't seem to find any like it anywhere.
The eyes are missing but it is in quite good shape. I have considered repairing it but am afraid of it not being done by an expert. I am afraid to repair it as I am concerned to tamper with the original piece but I would love to have the eyes and make sure the few small tears don't get larger.
Have you ever heard of large Steiff on wheels? Do you know where I could have it repaired?
Thanks so much!
As for repairing the Riding Fish, Steiffgal is "angling" towards the affirmative in this case. Although repair work can be expensive (as it is often literally done thread by thread by hand...) she believes if you love the item, and hope to keep it for many years or even give it to a child in the next generation, it is entirely worth the restoration investment. It is clear that this is the case here with Arianne's Flossy. Steiffgal has had nothing but good results from Martha Anderson and her work which can be found at www.teddybearrepair.com. But don't just believe Steiffgal; Martha was recently profiled in Teddy Bear and Friends, a national publication dedicated to the art and craft of Teddy bear collecting.
Steiffgal hopes this column has tackled all of your Steiff riding fish questions!
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