Saturday, 22 January 2011
Button in Ear.
1910/1911 Steiff button made from nickel-plated iron.
After the last post mentioning a well known Teddy bear maker, it would be a fair thing for me to mention plagiarism. There is so much of it that goes on that it has to be said "nothing" is that safe when you have an a new idea.
Plagiarism isn't new. There are so many ways that are tried to stop someone else copying, Some don't appear to have much effect.
Steiff used tags to distinguish Steiff animals from their competitor toy makers as early as the 1890's.
If I start to bore you, let me know. Once I start to talk about Teddy Bears it's hard for me to stop. No matter who the maker is. If by chance I get my facts wrong, let me know...
The Steiff button was an idea thought up by Margarete Steiff's nephew Franz Steiff.
The little elephant with his S-shaped trunk made an appearance on Stieff products from 1897.
Although over the years the design of the button has changed it's one that is still easily recongnisable as a Steiff product.
DON'T REMOVE YOUR TAGS from your bear.
No matter how large the bear is.
Or how small.
This little guy is mine, but his tag show who made him.
Not a Steiff !
Some, like Frank
and Mew know their place.
Some know their place better than other's.