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Internationally renowned for its exceptional quality, Steiff still utilizes traditional materials and proven manufacturing techniques to create its unique and highly prized products. The company is perhaps best-known for its bears -- Steiff invented the Teddy bear in Since the firm was founded by Margarete Steiff in , more than 16, different designs for animals have been created. Vintage Steiff pieces are regularly sold on the secondary market for thousands of dollars. Steiff animals are made from mohair, alpaca, cashmere, percent cotton velvet, percent wool felt, and valuable woven plush — a material usually reserved for the high fashion industry.