Series: Teddy Bears & Steiff Animals (Book 1)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Collector Books; Revised edition (April 2000)
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #1,590,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #37 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Dolls, Toys & Figurines > Teddy Bears #1631 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Antiques Care & Reference > Reference #3443 in Books > Reference > Encyclopedias & Subject Guides > Antiques & Collectibles
This is a nicely organized book chock-full of great pictures. It begins with a brief history of the teddy bear, conservation tips, and guidelines on what to look for when investing in a bear. It moves on to discuss Steiff dolls and animals with guidelines for evaluating Steiff dolls/animals for purchase or sale. The book covers miniature bears, Teddy Bears before 1940, Teddy Bears from 1940-1980, contemporary Teddy Bears (as of 1984), artist bears, Teddy Bear related items, Steiff Dolls, Steiff Animals before 1940, and Steiff Animals from 1940-1984.Hundreds of items are photographed and described in detail with notations on what adds value and/or is rare. Even though the first edition came out eighteen years ago, it still remains a classic reference/guide and it is updated every few years.
If you are looking for an encyclopedic reference to the Steiff line of animals and bears, this is not for you, so that's why 3 stars. The title is a little misleading. As others have noted, it's more of a photo book of other peoples collection pieces, with a little general info front matter thrown in. It's particularly weak on identification of pre-1940 animals.
i bought the book to find out the value of a 1980's limited edition polo ralph lauren bear and, though the book is lovely, it must have been published in 1980, thus the "contemporary bears" were all 30 years old and of no use in my research
I had an old copy of the Steiff Sortiment and this sounded much like it. It wasn't even close.Very few pictures of the different animals. No real price guides. Pretty much a waste of time.If you can afford it, find a copy of the Steiff Sortiment.
Just what I wanted.
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