FAO Schwarz is also well-known for the life-sized stuffed animals it sells. These plush critters fill the Grand Hall. So it seems only fitting that the collection of toys includes a teddy bear from Stieff, one of the world’s oldest designers of stuffed animals.
The gray mohair bear pictured here is a 1905 Richard Steiff Teddy Bear, which was designed by and named after Margarete Steiff’s nephew Richard. This style was produced through 1951, and was a departure from Stieff’s earlier teddies because it had a rounded face, a blunt snout and an embroidered nose.