Steiff Bears

Rare and Signed

Steiff Collection

Welcome to Steiff Bears


Here at Steiff Bears you will find detailed information about every Steiff toy ever made. We have a huge archive of Steiff information relating to all Steiff collectibles including rare Steiff Teddy Bears and Steiff animals.

Steiff bears are incredibly collectible and highly sought after all over the world. Here at Steiff Bears we aim offer help and advice on your collection.

We buy and sell rare Steiff toys and also offer a superb quality insurance valuation service for your own Steiff collection. Whether you require one Steiff valued or a whole collection we can offer professional advice and expertise on your Steiffs.

We own one of the largest Steiff collections of rare Steiff Bears anywhere in the world and use our extensive knowledge and specialist Steiff database to give you up to the minute accurate valuations.

The prices for high quality and rare Steiffs items are non-varying and continue to increase.

The origins of Steiff & Collecting Steiff Bears

Steiff is the world famous German based toy company known for its high quality hand made bears. Steff was begun in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, who was later assisted by her brother Fritz.

Steiff Bears

Steiff toys began as elephants, and were originally a design Steiff found in a magazine and sold as pincushions to her friends. However, children began playing with them, and in the years following she went on to design many other successful animal-themed toys for children, such as dogs, cats and pigs. Steiff designed and made most of the prototypes herself.

The Steiff's nephew Richard Steiff joined Steiff in 1897 and gave the company an enormous boost in popularity by creating the teddy bear in 1902. In 1907, Steiff manufactured 974,000 bears, and has been increasing its output ever since.

The Steiff company motto, as styled by Margarete Steiff, is "Only the best is good enough for children". Steiff products are subject to meticulous testing and inspection. They are required to be highly flame resistant and, among other things, smaller pieces such as eyes must be able to resist considerable tension, wear and tear, etc.

The most common materials used in Steiff toys are alpaca, felt, mohair and woven plush. Eyes are generally made of wood or glass, and the stuffing is commonly wood shavings or polyester fibre. A large amount of the work is done by hand, from design sketches to airbrushed paint. The final touch on any Steiff toy is the trademark "button in ear" (assuming the animal has one; in any case they'll find a spot for it).

The famed "button in ear" was devised by Margarete Steiff's nephew Franz Steiff in 1904, to keep counterfeits from being passed off as authentic Steiff toys. It is metal and originally had the symbol of an elephant, later replaced by the name "Steiff". The button is still used to distinguish Steiff toys from fakes. Some special toys have both the elephant and the name.

How much are my Steiff Bears worth ?

Steiff Bears .org breaks down the difficult barriers of valuying rare and collectible Steiff Bears and offers a full and detailed valuation service for private and insurance purposes.


Our panel of Steiff experts will study your Steiff bears, Steiff toys and Steiff memorabilia and offer a comprehensive valuation certification for you to keep with your Steiff collection.

The Steiff Bear service is for our professional opinion only and based upon our own investigation and analysis of the item. Our opinion is based upon both extensive knowledge within the sector and also on many years of like for like comparisons across the world.

Each valuation includes an image of your bear and full details of it's origins and detailing.

The costs of this service are shown to the right. We cannot give free valuations or advice on where to sell your Steiff bears. We do not offer a restoration service.

If you would like to use our Steiff valuation service, please email at least 3 clear images of your Steiff bear to

Please allow time for us to receive and reply to your email as we do receive many requests for this service.

Your Steiff Valuation certificate will include the image of your Steiff and an up to date insurance valuation. It will be individually serial numbered for security. An example Steiff Insurance certificate can be seen to the right

We will process your order upon receipt of full payment. Your fee can be paid easily via PayPal or we can send you an invoice for the total if you prefer.

Please note we are closed weekends but open each weekday and process certificates on a daily basis when payments are made. We generally have these turned around within 24-36 hours, slightly longer at holiday times.


Value My Steiff Bears

2018 Fees for Steiff valuation certificates:

Digital Steiff insurance certification (via email)
£40 p/piece

Printed Steiff insurance certification with hologram tracking (via post)
£60 p/piece

Printed and laminated Steiff insurance certification with hologram tracking (via post)
£70 p/piece


If you are looking for rare Steiff bears and original Steiff toys then Steiff is the best place to be. Authentic Steiff Bears are a perfect investment opportunity. Quality Steiff bears are a proven quality investment for the future.

We stock a variety of original Steiff Bears and Vintage Steiff toys here at Steiff Our current stock range includes rare Steiffs from the 1950s, Vintage Steiff Cats and 1950s Steiff puppets. We also stock a wide selection of more recent Steiff collectibles, including rare Steiff Limited Editions and Steiff collectors editions.

ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING AND AUTHENTIC collections of authentic Steiff Bears and Steiff Toys to be offered in any one website!

Click to view our online inventory of Steiff Bears right now or email to discuss our own available collection


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