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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Hello all, found this little guy this morning, pretty sure he's a US zone Stieff, he doesn't have an ear button but he shows Stieff characteristics , he measures approx 26cm tall, mohair is thinning a bit and he's got a nice blonde color. The tag is on his one arm and is worn and says "Doyle" on the back side.

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    1. Manikin Manikin, 8 years ago
      During the Second World War, materials and manpower were so scarce that production had to be stopped. It was 1946 before Steiff resumed production with a ten-item line of stuffed toys. During the Allied occupation of Germany after World War II, toys had a special "U.S. Zone tag" in the arm seam.
      I can not say for sure it is a steiff but I will get my book out and see if it refers to Doyle . Very Nice !
    2. Fritziii, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the info Manikin! He's a nice one, the tag is in the arm seam, hmmm. I look forward to hearing if there is any mention of the name "Doyle" in your book.
    3. Fritziii, 8 years ago
      Looking at the name on the tag a bit closer, could it be "Boyle" ? Thought? I've done a lot of looking at pictures and references and I'm pretty sure he is a Stieff and comparing his construction to our other Stieffs leads me to believe he is.

    4. Manikin Manikin, 8 years ago
      I believe the name is Boyle myself and all I come up with is Teddy Roosevelt went to school in Boyle and that a Teddy Bear was the school mascot . Nothing in my book referring to this bear I do believe he is a Steiff also . Any sign of a tiny hole in ear?
    5. Fritziii, 8 years ago
      I looked pretty close with a loop and couldn't see a hole ore maybe where one might have been, but, and this may be stretching it, if he was an early 1946-47 bear when they restarted production, maybe he never had a ear button being so close to wars end and materials were still very scarce. Just a thought. I too now believe he is 100% a Stieff, I did find a Stieff bear on a reference site with a tag identical to this on his arm seam but without the word "Boyle" on it. Hmmm. Thanks Manikin!

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