The Steiff Queen Elizabeth II Teddy Bear

Are you a toy collector? If you are then the Steiff Queen Elizabeth II teddy bear will surely spark your interest! Have you heard of it? Not yet? Don’t worry because we’re here to let you in on the details!

As a way to commemorate the British monarch’s milestone on the 9th of September of 2015, German based and renowned toy manufacturer, Steiff, has designed and released a limited edition bear in honor of her majesty.

On such date, Queen Elizabeth II will become the UK’s longest reigning monarch surpassing the late Queen Victoria of the infamous Victorian era whose reign lasted for sixty three years, seven months and two days from June 20, 1837 at the age of 18 to her death on January 22, 1901.Moreover, Queen Elizabeth also hails as the world’s oldest reigning monarch.

Steiff has released the aforementioned limited edition Queen Elizabeth teddy bear with various special and unique features that will surely delight any collector or toy lover out there.

First of all, the bear is made of the finest and most luxurious white Schulte mohair. Its soft, velvety touch and sheer luster makes it look and feel regal. The bear’s eyes are a combination of black and brown with a black snout.

Steiff Queen Elizabeth II bearThe collectible toy measures about thirty centimeters in height, is five way jointed and is surface washable.

Because it is a limited edition release, the company has made use of its signature red font on white fabric tag and the gold plated ‘Knopf im Ohr’ or button in ear. Remember that regular pieces come with yellow tags and button in ears without the precious metals.

The toy is also a musical bear that plays the national anthem “God Save the Queen” that dates back to the eighteenth. On its lower right paw, you can find a visible gold thread embroidery of a musical staff, a treble clef and notes.

To further portray her majesty, the Queen Elizabeth teddy bear is decked in a magnificent crown and a regal deep blue coronation robe with spotted plush edging.

There are only about two thousand and fifteen pieces of the Queen Elizabeth teddy bear and the German company will no longer manufacture any more as the years come. The design was specifically made for the British monarch’s great feat of becoming the new longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and the oldest reigning all over the world. It’s a must to get one to add to your collection. You can get one here

Add and Retain Value of Vintage Steiff Bears

rare Steiff bearVintage Steiff bears rule the top ten list of the world’s most sought after toy collectibles. With its interesting history and designs that range from fun, catchy, classic, poignant, minimal and all around extravagant, they are no doubt items to behold. These toys are being traded and auctioned all over the globe. Some of them are pretty affordable while others can be exceedingly expensive. Of course, that will depend on several factors like design, condition and exclusivity.

If you own one, a few or an entire room of vintage Steiff teddy bears, it is but understandable as to why you will want to retain or even add value to it. After all, collecting them is not just a hobby. For others, it’s an investment and a form of business. Whatever your reasons for your collection, below are ways on how you can add and retain the value of your stuffed teddies.

  • Repair when needed. 

Because most vintage pieces have lived for so long, others a couple of decades, some of them may already suffer from damages. There could be a loose button eye, a torn limb, an undone hem, a detached ribbon or flattened filling. When such damages are deemed present, take them to the experts for repair. Do not attempt to DIY your way through it because you might cause more harm than good. Remember that these toys are made of a different set of materials from long ago. It is best to leave it at expert hands.

  • Clean out dirt and bugs. 

Likewise if the toy is filled with dust, grime, dirt or worse with bugs, hand it to a toy repair shop once again. Have the toy refurbished and cleaned. After all, no collector will want an item that’s too dirty beyond repair. Plus, a bug infestation is never a good sight. That could even spread out and wipe your whole toy collection! Act on it fast.

  • Put them in good storage. 

Invest in quality storage for your vintage Steiff bears. Choose one that is not easily penetrated by dirt and one that keeps them at harm’s way from children and pets. Shelving would be great as well as glass door cabinets.

    • Be updated and knowledgable.

The price and value of vintage Steiff bears can fluctuate and change. Apart from condition, age and exclusivity, the demand can play a huge role too. It is best if you keep yourself informed about the market to better rally up the values.

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