How To Tell When Steiff Bears Were Made

Steiff, a German toy manufacturer, created the plush Teddy Bear in 1902. The Steiff bears have a reputation for being handcrafted with high quality materials. Steiff is known for its unique trademark: a metal button at each animal’s ear. Steiff toys can provide a reliable indicator of an animal’s age by carefully examining the button.

Look for metal ear buttons or paper tags on the teddy bear. You might find the tag or button in older bears’ mohair.

  • Steiff, a German toy manufacturer, created the plush Teddy Bear in 1902.
  • You may find the button or tag in older bears’ mohair.

You should read any written inscriptions found on the paper tag. They are often circular in shape and colored yellow, or half-red and half yellow. The bear’s name should be included on the tag. You may also indicate the replica bear’s name on the back of your paper tag.

Pay attention to the metal button at your ear. The paper or cloth ribbon may be attached to the metal button on bears that are in good shape. It contains information about the bear’s lot number as well as its identification. This cloth ribbon is either white or yellow. However, the colour does not always indicate age.

Examine the Steiff insignia at the bottom of the metal button. In the beginning, buttons featured an elephant mounted on nickel buttons. Then came buttons that had “Steiff” written in blocks. Buttons were originally made entirely from nickel, with brass being used from 1933 through 1943 and nickel/nickel-plated material between 1943 and 1977. Steiff’s signature buttons began to be brass-plated or brass-plated in 1977. This was the same as it is in 2011. In cursive, the word “Steiff”, first appeared in 1952. That form remained unchanged as of 2011.

  • Take a look at the metal ear buttons.
  • In the beginning, buttons featured an elephant on nickel buttons. Then came buttons that had block letters and contained “Steiff.”

Check out an antique Steiff collector’s encyclopedia or guide to teddy bears. The books include photographs as well as dates of production information for every Steiff Teddy Bear. If your Steiff toy does not include any metal tags or buttons, a match with an image in a collector’s encyclopedia can give you an exact manufacturing date.

Steiff bears were adorned with a white cloth tag along their chest seams for a period of time after World War II. Steiff bears from the past had a distinctive hump in their backs.

While some Steiff bears used blank ear tags briefly, they are most likely to indicate that the bear is not subject to quality control. They won’t have much resale worth.