How Novel! Steiff’s Fantastic, and Fantastically Rare, Prewar Novelties

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

When most collectors think of the Steiff brand, button-in-ear Teddy bears and magnificent felt dolls come to mind. However, the company also has a lesser known prewar legacy of producing delightful novelties. For the most part, these “theme and variation” items were based on popular designs and characters of the day – but with a… Read more »

5 Fun Things to Do During Doll & Bear Week

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by Ruby Lane

November 12th – 18th is Doll and Bear Week on Ruby Lane! We are hosting a virtual celebration, which means you can attend no matter where you are in the world. Join in with our cameras as we explore London, England for the 200 Years of Childhood Doll and Bear Event. You can look forward… Read more »

Connecting With Your Next Dream Teddy Bear or Fine Plush Collectible

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by Ruby Lane

Calling all Teddy bear and fine plush enthusiasts!  Where do you have the best luck finding new treasures for your collection? One thing that is so exciting about this hobby is that the next great discovery is always just around the corner.  We’ve all had that extraordinary feeling of scoring and adding a delightful Ted… Read more »

Starting a Teddy Bear Collection

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by Ruby Lane

Love at first sight!  That’s how many people describe their feelings towards Teddy bears.  And it’s been that way since their “formal” introduction at the turn of last century, when the Steiff Company in Germany, and businessman Morris Michtom in New York, independently introduced fully jointed mohair bear toys to the world. Both lines proved… Read more »

How to Clean Fine Plush Teddy Bears and Animals

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by Ruby Lane

“You clean up pretty nicely” is something you might jokingly say to a friend who’s getting ready for a night on the town. It also applies to Steiff and other collectible bears and animals made from wool (from sheep) or mohair (from goats) plush as well! Keeping your fine plush collection clean is really important,… Read more »

Looking Back On 20 Years of Collecting History

Posted in Bears

by Ruby Lane

What a difference two decades make!  Think back to 1998.  What where you driving, what did your hair look like, and how big was your “handheld” phone… if you even had one then!?  One thing that has not changed for many of us over the past 20 years is our love of dolls and Teddy… Read more »

All About Steiff’s Panda Bears by Rebekah Kaufman

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by Ruby Lane

What’s black and white but red all over?  In this case, it’s when a vintage Steiff panda is listed on Ruby Lane! Collectors simply can’t get enough of these rare bears. Steiff is best known for its Teddy bears, so it is no surprise that their classic panda bears are designed and produced with the… Read more »

Ruby Lane Radio Interview with Steiffgal Rebekah Kaufman

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by Ruby Lane

Steiff’s Official Consultant Archivist and Ruby Lane Shop Owner Rebekah Kaufman, AKA Steiffgal, joins Ruby Lane’s Blog Talk and greets all our teddy bear and doll lovers with teddy bear hugs. A very enthusiastic shop owner who is passionate about the wonderful world of plush dolls and toys, and is always willing to share her… Read more »

5 Fun Facts About Teddy Bears

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by Ruby Lane

1.    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, allegedly still keeps his on his bed, and travels with his teddy bear (according to claims in a book by the U.S. writer Christopher Andersen.) If fact, a significant amount of adults still take their childhood teddy to bed. 2.    Larry Linville, the actor who played Major Frank Burns… Read more »