In December 2015, Davidd told us the tale of The Great Teddy Bear Shipwreck Mystery. The story goes that back in 1903 some three-thousand teddy bears were sent by ship from Steiff’s factory in Germany to America only for them to disappear. The bears were made and packed up for shipment, but there is no record of them ever reaching their destination and none of the US-bound bears has ever been found. The templates, patterns and even photos of the bears exist but not even one sample was kept. One popular explanation is that there was a shipwreck and the bears had a watery end. All that is certain is that if just one of these bears turned up today it would be ‘open chequebook’ time for museums and collectors. After all, these were the first teddy bears ever made.
While we were researching and writing last month’s post about Richard Steiff, we came across a mystery which has still not been resolved to this day. Back in 1903, some 3,000 teddy bears were sent by ship from Steiff’s factory in Germany to America only for them to disappear. Some claim the bears were the first ever made and would now be the most valuable teddy bears in the world. So just what happened to these bears?