Millie has all the hallmarks of an antique bear. Her mohair has a vintage feel. There are a few skipped stitches on the nose where the mohair shows through, simulating wear. Her paws are shaded to make her look old and dusty from the attic. Her head is loosely attached for the wobbly feel of an old bear. Finally, she wears a vintage-style collar made from velvet and felt.
Who knows children’s toys better than the inventors of the teddy bear? Steiff, the world’s oldest plush manufacturer (and the company best known for creating the teddy bear) was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, a seamstress who, due to polio, was limited to sewing with one hand. The famous “Button in Ear” trademark was introduced in 1904 by Franz Steiff, Margarete’s nephew, distinguishing every Steiff toy. While nearly all of the world’s stuffed animals is made with inexpensive knitted plush, Steiff’s creations are made from cuddly soft materials like woven fur, so you can be sure your tot is getting the very best.