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Bear PB, as it was called, turned out to be a particular hit with American buyers and won gold medals for Margarete and Richard at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair, where orders were taken for no fewer than 12,000 of them.‘Steiff limited-edition bears can turn out to be very valuable if they are in good condition,’ says Kathy Taylor, the dolls and teddies expert at the Vectis auction house in Teesside.The managing director of one UK auction house has bought a collectible teddy bear for each of his grandchildren.These are not things to be kicked around, left out in the garden or smeared with chocolate cake during make-believe tea parties.The Steiff is the Rolls-Royce of the teddy- bear world — Rolls-Royce being, of course, a German-owned marque these days.Margarete Steiff was a wheelchair-bound seamstress in the small German town of Giengen who built up a business in the late 19th century making felt animals, and whose nephew Richard Steiff — despite Margarete’s reservations — developed the company’s first bear, with jointed arms and legs, glass eyes and fur made of mohair plush, in 1902.Up until the second World War bears were made with both a paper label and a metal button on the inside of the left ear, and although the label is often missing, most bears still have their buttons.
The bears theme is continued in the naming of the rooms, which take their names from some of the great teddy bear makers of the early 20 century (see below). Merrythought is one of the leading British bear manufacturers and their bears are eagerly sought after by collectors.
As the region’s apple, fruit and forestry industry grew, so did the bank and its building; the last extensions were made in the 1960s.