STEIFF Santa Claus Hand Puppet ~ ALL IDs 1954-58 Rare early model

Amazing STEIFF Santa Claus Hand puppet.
Adorable expression with full mohair beard.
Rare! Early model made in Germany from 1954-58.
Complete! With chest tag, button and flag #121.
Rubber head with gorgeous felt and wool costume.
Approximately 11'' (28 cm) tall.
Excelsior stuffed head with cardboard finger tube.
Very nice colors! Seems gently played with.
Note the nose and ears are slightly flattened due to storage.  
It comes with a picture of the original owner.
A charming and well preserved vintage puppet.