VINTAGE 1930’S GERMAN STEIFF TERRIER DOG TOY

20140326_445This is a wonderful vintage 1930’s German Steiff large 14″ Terrier dog.  Margarete Steiff (July 24, 1847 – May 9, 1909), was a seamstress who in 1880 founded Margarete Steiff GmbH, making toy stuffed animals.  Born in Giengen, Germany she used a wheelchair, due to polio she contracted as a baby. She started making stuffed animals as a hobby. These toys began as elephants, which were originally a design Steiff found in a magazine and originally 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. She designed and made most of the prototypes herself.

ANTIQUE 1910 SANTA CLAUS REINDEER TOY STORE DISPLAY

SONY DSCSuper rare (cir.) 1910 Santa Claus store display.  It is made in Germany, measures over 24″ long and 16″ tall.   The sleigh is filled with vintage toys from 1920 and 1930’s.  It is very hard piece to find.  The detail work on this piece is stunning.  Germans were top of the international market for quality early toys dolls.