Toys & Games

Bing Bears

Gebruder Bing was founded in Nuremberg in 1865 by Ignaz and Adolf Bing to make tin and kitchenware and later enameled and tin toys around 1890. They made their first bears in 1907 at the height of the teddy bear boom. The first Bing bears had a metal arrow Read more

A Guide to Steiff Bears

Steiff is a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality and equally high prices. It was begun in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, who was later assisted by her brother Fritz.
Margarete Steiff contracted polio as a baby, leaving her wheelchair bound. Finding employment as a seamstress, she started Read more

10 Teddy Bear Facts

The world’s oldest bear is 96 years old, and is worth £100,000. He lives in Germany and was labelled a ‘Teddy bear’ after US President Theodore Roosevelt, who was an avid bear hunter.
In 1912, a black bear was commissioned as a mark of respect after the Titanic tragedy.
The most Read more