The world wide renowned manufacturer of toys, Steiff, created this beautiful big sized ladybeetle in the Fifties. Back in 1877 Magarete Steiff had opened a shop for felt items in Giengen an der Brenz where she began manufacturing simple toy figures for children. In 1892 she published an illustrated catalogue of her work. In those days an unusual advertising tactic which led to a staggering total export value of 180 000 Marks by 1901, for the US market alone. Magarete Steiff died in 1909 at the age of 61 but the company continues to manufacture quality toys for a worldwide market to this day, in accordance with her stick controls on quality and craftsmanship.
STEIFF ladybeetle in mint condition
The ladybeetle shown here measures 55 cm in length and is one of the first pieces to be manufactured between 1959 and 1976. The mohair plush is as good as new with only minor signs of wear. On the back left remains a part of the original Steiff brand label. The strap as well as the corresponding wooden handle are original. The white rubber wheels are of the time and feature the brand name Steiff. Altogether this decorative piece is of the greatest interest for the serious collector.
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