Women Doll Makers, Making History

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Two Rhode Island women named Izannah Walker and Martha Chase each opened highly successful commercial doll making businesses in the male-dominated business world of the 19th century. Over the past 200 years, the world of dolls has offered women a myriad of opportunities not otherwise open to them. Dolls have provided an entrée into the… Read more »

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 »

Connecting With Your Next Dream Teddy Bear or Fine Plush Collectible

Posted in Bears, Dolls

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

Posted in Bears, Dolls

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

Posted in Bears, Dolls

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 »

All About Steiff’s Panda Bears by Rebekah Kaufman

Posted in Bears

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

Posted in Bears, Dolls

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 »

Steiff’s Christmas Countdown!

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Special Guest Blog by Ruby Lane Shop Owner ‘Steiffgal’ Rebekah Kaufman Steiff and celebrations go hand in hand. Steiff treasures are great gifts for doll and Teddy fans, and nothing says “I love you” more than a little something with a button-in-ear.  These happy pals from Giengen, Germany also make delightful Christmas decorative items. They… Read more »

The Top 5 Factors That Experts Consider When Identifying and Valuing Vintage Playthings

Posted in Dolls, Guest Blogs, Top 5 & 10, Vintage Collectibles

by Ruby Lane

Special Guest Blog by Ruby Lane Shop Owner ‘Steiffgal’ Rebekah Kaufman You’ve just added a new treasure to your collection, and your gut tells you that there’s something special about it.   Or perhaps you have had an unusual doll or Teddy bear for years, and have always wondered if it has any real financial value… Read more »

The Best of Bazi | All About Steiff Dachshunds

Posted in Dolls, Vintage Collectibles

by Ruby Lane

Special Guest Blog by Ruby Lane Shop Owner ‘Steiffgal’ Rebekah Kaufman Sometimes, Steiff really goes to the dogs – in the best way possible. One of the company’s most beloved early post-war pooches is a pattern called Bazi the Dachshund.  He was introduced in 1949 and proved so irresistible that Steiff soon started producing him… Read more »