All About Steiffgal

Steiffgal is a 3rd generation Steiff enthusiast. Her personal collection of button-in-ear treasures numbers north of 2,000 and focuses on examples from 1905 to 1944, uncatalogued rarities, cloth dolls, and display animals.

Steiffgal worked for many years as the club manager for the German company Margarete Steiff GmbH in the United States. Through the end of 2017 she was Steiff’s North American archivist, where she identified and valued vintage Steiff on behalf of the company. She does not have any affiliation with Margarete Steiff GmbH or Steiff North America today. 

In 2014, through James D. Julia Auctions of Fairfield, ME, she managed the valuation and sale of the Chuck and Kathy Steffes' Steiff fine plush collection. This remains the largest and finest Steiff Teddy bear collection to come to auction in America. The 120 rarities on offer realized over $500,000.

Steiffgal is a regular contributor to numerous print and online publications, including DOLLS, Doll News, The Steiff Club Magazine, Worthpoint, and Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles. She has been invited to present and value at venues including the London International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear, and Toy Fair; the United Federation of Doll Clubs' national conventions; the Virtual Doll Convention; The Ohio National Doll Show, and numerous regional and national museums. She is also the admin on a vintage Steiff Facebook fan page, where she has grown the follower base from 400 to nearly 11,000.

Steiffgal's award winning blog, My SteiffLife, receives thousands of visits per month and focuses on interesting vintage Steiff items, Steiff antiquing adventures, and the history behind older Steiff treasures. It has won several unsolicited awards for content, including an ALLTOP citation for a best blog in the toy category. Her Steiff book for children, Sassafrass Jones and Her Forever Friends ABCs is available on and has been reviewed by Publisher's Weekly.

Steiffgal has consulted for HGTV, CBS (Inside Edition), (Pawn Stars), E! Entertainment, MfG-Film (Germany), the BBC, and the radio programs The Antiques Airshow, Whatcha Got, and The Antique Auction Forum. Her industry, auction house, and media engagements have included Target, Teddy Dorado, Christies, Morphy Auctions, Theriault's, F.A.O. Schwarz, The Marin Country Mart, The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, The Boston Center for Adult Education, The Strong National Museum of Play, The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, The Questers, The Reading Society of Craftsmen, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, Town and Country, and The Huffington Post, and many others.

Steiffgal is a member of the board at both Doll Collectors of America and United Federation of Doll Club's New England area Doll Study Club of Boston.

She and her collection are featured in a life-sized portrait by artist Michael Oatman which is part of a permanent installation at the West Cambridge Youth and Community Center in Cambridge, MA. Steiffgal truly leads "The Steiff Life."

Please click here for an in-depth interview with Steiffgal, published by Worthpoint in May, 2019.
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