The world’s first Teddy bear is delighted to join the “Teddies for tomorrow” range as part of a new series of iconic characters using alternative materials.
In 1902, Richard Steiff designed and created a jointed bear – the first such toy in the world – Bär 55 PB. Steiff archive catalogue images reveal valuable information about how he looked, as does his name. The letters signify he was made of "Plüsch" (plush) and was "Beweglich" (movable), 55 was his standing size.
He is a fully jointed teddy bear. He has been sewn from a gloriously textured, and silky-soft light brown viscose plush whilst being lovingly stuffed with maize fibre filling. He has glossy black wooden eyes and black, hand stitched features bringing his appealing charm to life.
To finish he wears his distinctive, uncoated chest tag, featuring the 1897 company chest logo, confirming his allegiance to the Teddies of Tomorrow series. He also bears the new, Classic Ear Tag, which is now white with blue print
*This bear is NOT a toy. The item is intended for adult collectors only. Please refer to the care and safety guide but he should not be machine washed, bleached, dry cleaned, tumble dried or ironed.