Seamstress Margarete Steiff’s plush-toy company was established in 1880 in southern Germany. The original design – a stuffed elephant – was based on a pattern from a fashion magazine and was intended to be used as a pincushion. But the little stuffed animals became popular as children’s toys, and when Steiff’s first illustrated catalogue was released in 1892, it showed a large range of plush animal toys, from monkeys and camels, to dogs and cats. In 1902, Margarete Steiff’s nephew designed the world’s first toy bear with moveable arms and legs, which, a few years later, became an unprecedented success in the U.S. under the name of Teddy Bear, named after the American president Theodore Roosevelt. Steiff's stuffed toys have been associated with premium quality for well over a century and are recognized by the button-in-ear brand sign on all animals. Steiff make a wonderful, timeless gift that can be passed on from one generation to the next!
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