Founded in 1880, Steiff is the world's oldest manufacturer of stuffed animals and created the very first teddy bear in 1902. Made in Germany and often based on vintage or antique designs, Steiff’s collectible products occupy a special place in the hearts of their owners. Each piece is a handcrafted work of art. In order to make their own high quality products unmistakeable, and fend off numerous cheap imitations, the brand sign "Steiff - Button in Ear" was developed.