The Bear Aristocracy! Who does not know the name of Steiff and recognise it as the worlds leading Bear manufacturer. No one can definitively say whether the Teddy Bear started with Richard Steiff's creation or makers such as Mitchom in America. The humble Teddy Bear once conceived seem to take the world by storm. Steiff however undoubtedly made some of the finest ever early Teddy Bears. Their Distinctive Long Arms just crying out to be hugged and intelligent faces that tell a thousand stories of the past are simply irresistible to collectors today. The earliest Steiff Bears are serious investments and wise collectors are now snapping up Bears from the mid-century period onwards as collateral for the future.