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STEIFF Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer LTD to 2000 pieces worldwide.Rudolph is crafted by hand from mohair in the traditional manner.
His nose is also stitched by hand and his typical antlers are made of woolen felt. Rudolph is wearing
a leather collar underlaid with colored woolen felt and decorated with gold-colored bells. He has a white continuously-numbered ear tag with the gold-plated “Button in Ear”. He is #202/2000Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, His nose is shiny but it’s also fuzzy. And, he’s a miniature, standing only 10” tall at the top of his head.
Those two little white felt things are little antlers.He is awfully cute, ( if you like that sort of thing ;-)Steiff is a well known name, the German firm that made the original Teddy Bear, and still does, in one form or another.
They love to put out the occasional limited edition special order item, and Rudolph is just one of them.
In this case, the FAO Schwarz department store commissioned Steiff to make this Rudolph in 1997 so they could sell them around Christmas time.
LTD to 2000 pieces worldwide.Rudolph is crafted by hand from mohair in the traditional manner.
His nose is also stitched by hand and his typical antlers are made of woolen felt.The reindeer is wearing
a leather collar underlaid with colored woolen felt and decorated with gold-colored bells.He has
a white continuously-numbered ear tag with the gold-plated “Button in Ear”. He is #202/2000His tail is relatively huge, for some reason,
almost beaver-like. But the true value of Rudolph, and what he hopes for more than anything, is to find a family he can grow up with and become part of their Christmas tradition over many generations.Maybe that family is yours.These animals are COLLECTOR ITEMS! Please check collector values before offerding. Thanks
STEIFF HISTORYMargarete Steiff was born in 1847 and died in 19091877 Margarete Steiff sold garments and household articles that she had made herself in a newly formed ready-to-wear felt clothing
establishment.1880 Development of the first soft-filled fabric toy animal.
The first Steiff animal was created - an elephant made of felt, that was intended for use as a pincushion. The elephant was the first soft-filled fabric toy animal and soon became very popular with children, who enjoyed playing with it.1886 5,170 elephants were sold and other animals were added to the product range. The family business expanded. Fritz Steiff,
Margarete's brother, assumed responsibility for sales.1892 The first Steiff catalogue was published to give the customers an overview of the products that had been added to the range.1893 The first trade fair: Steiff felt toys were presented for the first time at the Spring Fair in Leipzig. The company was entered in the commercial register as a toy factory.1895 The first foreign business contacts were established with Harrods in London.1897 Richard Steiff, Margarete's nephew, joined the company
Richard Steiff attended art school in Stuttgart. He had always been fascinated by the relationships between humans and animals. This gave rise to the countless drawings of animals that he produced during visits to the "Nill" zoo. These drawings were as the basis for new Steiff articles.1902- Richard Steiff created the most famous of these in1902 - the first Steiff bear that was given the designation "55PB" (55 cm tall, sitting, P = plush, B = jointed ["beweglich" in German]). Mohair plush, a new material, was used for the first time to make this unusual new product. Clifford Berryman's famous caricature showing Theodore Roosevelt with the young bear in the backgound, was published in the Washington Post in November 1902.
1903- The legendary jointed Steiff "55PB" bear was presented and sold for the first time at the Leipzig Spring Fair. American President Theodore Roosevelt - nicknamed "Teddy" - played an important role in the success of the Steiff bear and in the choice of name. "Teddy" was a passionate bear hunter. Clifford Berryman, a well-known American artist, began adding a decorative little bear to all of his Roosevelt caricatures. The popularity of "Teddy" Roosevelt and Berryman's drawings contributed towards making "Teddy's bear" and later the "Teddy Bear" world famous. This heralded the start of the Teddy boom and 3,000 Steiff bears were sold worldwide during the same year. The 'Teddy Bear' was born!1904 The "Button in Ear" was used to protect all products1907 Steiff sold 974,000 'Teddy' bears.
The PresentThe work of the people employed by Steiff - still numbering around 1,000 as in the past - continues to be primarily oriented to the handicraft tradition, with the number of operations required to produce each Steiff animal averaging at more than 30. A total of more than 1.5 million Steiff animals were produced over the last year. The main production facility is located in
the German town of Giengen/Brenz
Over the years, Margarete Steiff GmbH has become the leading manufacturer of high-quality toys and collectors' items.
Today's Margarete Steiff GmbH is a company with an annual turnover of around 116 million DM, with national sales accounting for just under two thirds of this and international sales accounting for the remaining third. Check out my other Thomson STEIFF Collection items! Be sure to add me to yourfavorites list!NOTICE:This personal Steiff Collection being sold by this seller, is the generous donation of Ms. Kara Thomson, for the sole purpose of generating funds for what I call the Kara Thomson Steiff Wolf-Lupo Veterinary Fund. This fund will help pay for the costs of treatments for two very special Siberian Huskies, 'Whitewolf of Gitche Gumee' or WOLF, and 'Lupo Maka Polu', aka./ LUPO. Wolf has been diagnosed with inoperable nasaladenocarcinoma, and is currently being treated on a chemotherapy regimen. Lupo, although not yet formally diagnosed, is showing symptoms of a possible heart condition, and needs funding todeterminethe extent and nature of his affliction. The profits from your purchase of this and other items of the Thomson Collection, will go 100% to these treatments, so please, offer HIGH! And thank you for looking and/or offerding on this classic collection.
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