Limited Collector's Rabbit Set (10cm) by Steiff

€218,95
By Steiff

Limited Collector's rabbit set by Steiff. 10cm tall and exclusively intended for adult collectors. These two bunnies in soft green and apricot sit in a grass-look wool felt basket. With off-white accents and each equipped with a delicate organza bow, these little rabbits - one sitting, the other curiously awaiting - evoke springtime feelings on any day. Each bunny has a gold plated 'button in ear'.

This very special rabbit set is a Worldwide Limited Edition of just 1500 worldwide and will come with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

The Steiff Group is a sixth generation family business founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff in Giengen an der Brenz. Margarete Steiff started manufacturing toys when she created the Elefäntle from a pattern she found in a fashion journal. The felt elephant, intended as a pincushion, soon became popular as a children's toy. The very first Steiff catalogue was published soon after, and shows not only elephants but also monkeys, donkeys, horses, camels, pigs, mice, dogs, cats, rabbits and giraffes. The Margarete Steiff felt goods factory was founded in Giengen, Germany in 1893 and Steiff manufacture remains in the same town to this day.

Richard Steiff was the favourite creative nephew of Steiff founder Margarete. He attended the School of Arts and Crafts in Stuttgart and studied in England before joining the still small company in 1897. He was often found in Nill's zoo in Stuttgart, where he was inspired by the brown bears and drew them. From these drawings and sketches, Richard developed the world's first teddy bear with movable arms and legs in 1902, the "Bear 55 PB".  Margarete was not convinced at first, but allowed Richard to exhibit the bear at the Leipzig Toy Fair in 1903. There it initially attracted little attention until an American dealer saw the potential in the little plush bear with moving arms and legs, and immediately ordered 3,000 bears. This is how the Steiff teddy bear's worldwide popularity began, and as early as 1907, the teddy bear had moved into a million children's rooms and became a beloved companion for a lifetime. The teddy bear with the "Button in Ear" is now famous worldwide.

In 2009, Steiff joined forces with Schulte, who supplied Richard Steiff with the fabric for the world's first Teddy bear in 1902. This makes Steiff the world's only manufacturer of soft toys with their own weaving mill and control of the entire manufacturing process.

Size: 10cm.

61% Wool 39% Cotton. Synthetic filling.

CAUTION! This product is not a toy and is intended for adult collectors only.

Product code 007408.